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Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that CPEC is a great game changer project for for the region requiring the high level of preparedness.

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that CPEC is a great game changer project for for the region requiring the high level of preparedness. He said his provincial government made all preparations and took a number of concrete steps in this regard. He said information technology is the most important sector for CPEC enhancing productive capacity of all other sectors . He asked the educational institutions to focus attention on producing experts of information technology to be at home at all skills of IT including soft, hard wares, electronics, tele and mobile communications etc to give boost to all developments under CPEC and non CPEC projects. He also called upon the youth to attain high level of professionalism in IT as well as other spheres of higher education to ensure bright future of the nation. He was addressing IT Infrastructure Inaugural Ceremony at Edwardes College, Peshawar. It was also addressed by Principal of the college Prof. Dr. Nayer Fardows and other academicians who highlighted various aspects of the historical background of the college and features of the new IT infrastructure as well as appreciated the reforms initiatives of the provincial government. The function besides the BoD members, professors and students of the college in a large number was also attended by the Advisor to the Chief Minister on Higher Education Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani. On this occasion, the Chief Minister also gave away shields and souvenirs to the professors and management of BSIT and IT Infrastructure Section of the college. He said that our government is fully focused on education with emphasis on IT and technical education. We are aware of our advantages and we are also aware of the CPEC bringing a new hope and future for our province. He said this province has become the most suitable destination for investment and industrialization. The only thing we need to do, is to enhance our level of preparedness and produce skilled manpower for the industrial needs in the backdrop of CPEC. We have already handed over training centres and management to Pakistan Air Force to run them on professional lines to produce skilled manpower. Pervez Khattak said that education takes the center stage in our social sector reform agenda. “We have always held that education is the most important goal to be achieved. We believe in investing our energies, time and resources to providing quality education to all. We have been able to restore the confidence of masses in the public education sector”, he added. He said the government of KP is addressing the educational challenge in a very comprehensive manner. We are on our way to make our schools at par with the private sector. We have made a resolve to provide every student in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with an excellent learning environment. “We have ensured that schools are provided with missing facilities such as toilets, electricity, drinking water, furniture, IT labs and especially teachers to all schools”, he further said. The Chief Minister lauded the role of Edwards College Peshawar for promotion of education. He said that this great institution of educational excellence has the reputation for producing great leaders discharging their responsibilities in all walks of life. He said E-learning is certainly a new beginning that will add to the accomplishments of Edwardes College. He said this college is having a proven record of 117 years of successful educational services including the grooming of the students, academic growth and the spirited contributions in all disciplines of education. He said a number of drastic steps have been taken for promotion of INfrmation Technology with allocation of billion of rupees including establishment of Information & communication technology centre (ICT) with cost of Rs.596.17 million, IT professional Training centre for unemployed IT graduates and govt employees with Rs.245.42 million, IT support for improvement of Health Service Delivery in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with Rs.198.00 million, ICT Training for Women empowerment with Rs.140.00 million and Establishment of Computer Labs with Solar System in Govt. Institutions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with Rs. 108.73 million. Pervez Khattak said that the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa gave us the mandate to serve them in 2013. There were multiple issues which plagued Khyber Pakhtunkhwa when we established our government; terrorism was on the rise, there were massive amounts of Afghan refugees, IDP’s, natural disasters had damaged our infrastructure and basic services delivery was very weak. Most importantly, people had lost faith in the public sector and its capacity to deliver social services. Basic necessities like healthcare, law enforcement, and education services were not being provided in the best possible manner. The Chief Minister said that the KP government of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf promised change, a change that was driven by the needs of the people and a change that was pro-people and aimed at ensuring social justice. He said, we promised to bring peace, ensure access to justice, quality health services, and above all provision of quality education to all the children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “Today, four years down the road, by the grace of Almighty Allah, we stand satisfied and confident that we are on track. We take pride that we have been able to deliver what we promised. Hospitals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are now geared towards delivering quality health services. Furthermore, by reforming the police department, we have been able to eradicate a deep seated fear of the police. The police department has now become a symbol of safety and security. Similarly today we proudly claim that education reforms have had a significant impact, we are on the track and ready to change the education system of KP for the better in coming times”, he concluded. ====