PM Imran inaugurates first academic block of NAMAL Knowledge City

05:42 PM | 27 Jan, 2019
PM Imran inaugurates first academic block of NAMAL Knowledge City
MIANWALI – Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday inaugurated the first academic block of the NAMAL Knowledge City.

Addressing the 6th convocation ceremony of Mianwali's NAMAL College on Sunday, the premier said modern technology especially in agriculture will be introduced in the country for sustainable development. The NAMAL College should become pioneer in this regard, he added.

The vision behind Namal Knowledge City is to create a hub of knowledge exchange and research in Mianwali.

The Knowledge City will include academic blocks, a knowledge center, a sports complex, sports grounds, a hospital, technology parks, business centers, shopping malls, a dairy farm, a resort, software houses, hotels, a primary school, and a housing colony for the faculty.

A total of US$ 200 million will be spent on the construction of the Knowledge City which will be built on the concept of a zero-carbon foot print and completed by the year 2027.

It will have a population of 11,000 with construction spread over 4 million square feet. It will accommodate 7,000 students with 600 faculty members.

The Namal is the only rural sector university in Pakistan where around 97 percent of students are on financial aid and 20 percent of graduates of 2018 acquired first class honours.

Around 1,000 acres of land is owned by the university where students from 55 districts of Pakistan are studying. With a teacher-student ratio of 1:10, the university has 32 faculty members, including 19 PhD faculty members.

In his speech, PM Imran said accountability and meritocracy are the hallmarks of democracy and no country in the world has made progress without it.

He said the government is answerable to the people of the country and everyone in the government is accountable for spending public money.

He said Pakistan could only make progress by pursuing the path of Holy Prophet (PBUH).

Imran Khan advised the students to learn from failures by rectifying mistakes. He also asked them not to forget their culture, religion and teachings of the founding fathers of Pakistan.

He congratulated the successful graduates and their parents.