Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday inaugurated the country largest women hostel established at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad. It is having the capacity of 1000 students with the funding of Punjab Government worth Rs 550 million.
He also witnessed the different stalls at the hostel, presenting folk colors of all provinces and appreciated the creativity of the students in this regards. He also sang the motivational song “Cho Lo Asman” with the students.
The Punjab Chief Minister was flanked by Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali, Punjab Agriculture Minister Naeem Akhtar Bhabha, Secretary Agriculture Muhammad Mehmood, UAF Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Commissioner Faisalabad Momin Agha Deputy Commissioner Salman Ghani, Mayor Abdul Razaq, Chairman District Council Zahid Nazir and other notables.
Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that the government was taking revolutionary steps to address the problems of a common man with the special focus on education, health and agricultural sector. He viewed that for the development of any country, the women empowerment was imperative. The Punjab government was making all-out effort for the women emancipation and giving them equal rights.
He urged the female students to play their active role in socio-economic uplift of the country. He said women constitute 50 percent of the total population. He said that the government would provide more funds to provide the state-of-the-art facilities to the UAF girls students. He urged the horticulture students to beautify not only Faisalabad but also other districts. He pledged to give Laptop to the girls who would participate in making the city beautiful. The government was making all out efforts to empower the women in the every sphere of life, he said, adding that women were outshining the men not only in education but also in other fields.
Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan in his welcome address lauded the steps being taken by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif especially for the uplift of education and agriculture sector. He said that the Punjab government funded girl hostel was at par with international level facilities has the capacity to provide residence of 1000 girls which is the biggest one in universities across the country. He said that Punjab Chief Minister had provided record funds for the UAF that speaks the volume of his intention to uplift the agriculture and education sector
He also demanded of the government to allocate funds for the projects including working women hostel, mini market, Burewala sub campus phase-2, Agri heritage museum, science and technology park, dengue research centre, Punjab Agri Rozgar Scheme, CPEC Agriculture Centre, Punjab Soybean centre, boys hostels for 1000 students and to continue 2nd phase of foreign PhD starship program for the UAF. He also apprised the CM about ongoing development projects of the Punjab and Federal Government.
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