dr. Umar Saif, former Vice-Chancellor of Information Technology University and former Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), recently exposed the dire situation of higher education reform in Pakistan.
Saif flagged an incident and posted on Twitter that land was set aside in 2013 for the construction of an educational institute in Pakistan, which would be the equivalent of an IIT in Pakistan. But nine years later, what should have developed into a renowned technology institution has instead become a cattle market or bakra mandi (a market for selling and buying goats).
“In 2013, we wanted to build a small MIT for Pakistan. It had all the ingredients to become the equivalent of IIT in India… He also posted photos of the land allotted to build the institute. The photos show that the area has now turned into a marketplace and there are animals hanging around.
In 2013, we wanted to build a small MIT for Pakistan. It had all the ingredients to become the equivalent of IIT in India.
… and today the spot marked for the campus has been turned into a Bakra Mandi.
چاہیے ہم سب کو pic.twitter.com/1HLzJRY1mv
— Umar Saif (@umarsaif) July 9, 2022
Saif, who also serves as an adviser to the UNDP, claimed that despite setting up land for the main campus, the technology institute never got there. According to Saif, the institution was intended to be a lesser version of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an equivalent of the Indian Institute of Technology (MIT).
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Saif said that in 2011, the then Chief Minister of Punjab in Pakistan, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, urged him to lead the Punjab Information Technology Board and establish a first-class IT institute in Punjab in an article he wrote for The Express Express. The Information Technology University (ITU) was established in 2013, and Saif became the founding Vice-Chancellor.
Reports from Pakistan suggest that several higher education institutions face the threat of closure due to the funding cut. More than 141 public sector universities in Pakistan are hardest hit by drastic cuts in higher education grants by the Pakistani government. Pakistan heads of education expressed concern that the cut would make it impossible for universities to pay salaries or pensions and that it would be difficult to cover the total costs needed to run universities, according to Pakistani media reports The Express. Stand.
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