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    Music institute to have new buildings

    KABUL (PAN): Foundation stones of two buildings for Afghanistan’s National Institute of Music were laid by Minister of Education Farooq Wardak in Kabul, officials said on Saturday.

    The buildings for a hostel and classrooms will be constructed at a cost of 77 million afghanis in 18 months with financial support from the Danish government, World Bank and British council.

    Wardak told the foundation stone-laying ceremony in the Karta-i-Char area that one of the buildings would have 20 classrooms, a musical instrument repair centre, a concert hall with capacity for 300 people and a health clinic.

    The hostel would house 200 female music students, the minister said, adding the institute currently had capacity for 150 students. After the construction of the buildings, more than 300 will be able to study music at the institute.

    Established in1973, the institute has been a seat of learning Afghan and western music for men and women. Similar institutes will be set up in Herat, Balkh and Nangarhar provinces, Wardak promised.