SWAT: Malala’s dreams come true as the picturesque Swat Valley will have its women university. The ground breaking of the varsity was performed by an adviser to the prime minister on Tuesday. The federal government has released Rss900 million for the project that was promised by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
“I am very happy that a big demand of the local people is being fulfilled and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved funds for the university,” Ameer Muqam, Adviser to the Prime Minister said while addressing a gathering on the occasion. He said that on May 20, 2016, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had announced setting up of the women university at Swat. and has initially released Rs900 million for purchasing land while rest of the fund will be released soon”, he said. The advisor further said that it was necessary that women must attain higher education and contribute in different fields to increase the pace of national progress and development. He said that women’s participation would not only double the country’s workforce but would also ensure dedicated teachers, bureaucrats, scientists, engineers and experts in different fields.
He said the government has released Rs900 million for purchasing land while rest of the funds will be released soon.
The adviser stressed the need for women education and urged the people that women must attain higher education and contribute towards nation building by joining different fields of life. He said that women’s participation in various professions such as teachers, bureaucrats, scientists, engineers and experts in different fields would not only double the country’s workforce but would also empower them.
Besides formal education, the focus should also be laid on training and character-building of students, he emphasised.
Swat University Vice-Chancellor Mehboobur Rehman briefed the gathering about the objectives, functions, sustainability and governance of the women university. The VC said that majority of women wanted to get higher education but their parents did not allow them to study in co-education system, adding that today their dreams come true with the establishment of a separate campus for them.
He said that the whole management of the university would be comprised of female staff.
He further said that initially, classes will be started in the departments of zoology and botany in the new campus.
There was some mismanagement at the ceremony. The university administration had arranged the foundation-stone laying ceremony at the main campus and rest of the function at the Wadoodia hall. When media and civil society members arrived at the hall, there were no seats available as the hall was completely occupied by PML-N workers while on the surroundings of the hall, the PML-N youth took their positions. The media and civil society members had to stand. Even the varsity’s own faculty members were standing as no proper seating arrangements were made for the guests.
The party workers’ frequent movement from one place to another in front of chief guest disturbed the function. Few PML-N women supporters were present to occupy the chairs. Interestingly, not a single woman was present at the ground breaking ceremony.
Nobel laureate from Pakistan’s Swat valley Malala Yousafzai, who has been campaigning for women education hails from Swat.
She was shot by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan for joining a school and aspiring to change the fate of girls in Swat.