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Two women colleges to be set up

ISLAMABAD – The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has approved three projects worth Rs326 million for setting up of two women colleges and introduction of computer literacy in the capital territory, official sources at Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) told Dawn.

An amount of Rs166 million has been approved for establishing state-of-the-art computer laboratories at both federal government and model schools and colleges in the capital.

Under the project, computer science education will be introduced at 81 educational institutions in both rural and urban areas of the federal capital.

Information Technology Ministry will also collaborate with the FDE in setting up computer labs equipped with P-IV computers, internet facility and ACs. The teachers to be appointed for these labs will also be provided adequate training.

The sources said the CDWP had also approved setting up of a federal government degree college for women at Bharakahu.

The college to be set up at a cost of Rs80 million is part of the government’s efforts to provide education to women of rural areas at their doorsteps, they added.

Similarly, Rs80 million has been approved for another federal government college for women to be established at sector I-14.

Four new buses have recently been bought by the FDE for transportation of girl students from rural areas of the capital to their school and colleges in city areas. A summary for purchase of 20 coasters for teachers of rural areas is also awaiting approval, the sources said.

The directorate is also preparing four new refresher courses for heads of educational institutions to keep them abreast of latest teaching techniques and other related developments.

After developing these courses, the directorate would organize regular sessions with heads of schools and colleges. Financial management, community involvement in schools and colleges, and teaching techniques would be the main focus of these courses.

The government wants to introduce computer education at both school and college level in the federal capital as a pilot project, and provincial education departments will follow suit, the sources said.

Source: Dawn