Work on computer sciences faculty building begins
KABUL (PAN): Higher Education Minister Dr. Obaidullah Obaid and the Japanese Ambassador to Afghanistan on Tuesday inaugurated construction work on a new building for the Computer Science Faculty of Kabul University.
Funded by Japan, the four-storey building, a $8.2 million project, is estimated to be completed over the next 18 months, according to Kabul University Chancellor Prof. Habibullah Habib.
Currently housed in the Science Faculty building, the Computer Science Faculty students have been complaining of space problem.
Obaid told the inauguration ceremony that Japan generously contributed to Afghanistan in aid over the past 11 years and hoped the assistance would continue.
He said the higher education ministry was trying to overcome the shortage of buildings on university campuses in order to absorb more high school graduates on succeeding in entrance tests.
Obaid also said Japan on Tuesday donated 10 buses to the Kabul University and the country had previously provided one bus to the university’s medical faculty.
Japan’s envoy Hiroshi Takahashi said he himself had graduated from the Kabul University’s languages and literature department and hoped the institute would continue to receive international assistance.
He said Japan had so far provided Afghanistan $4 billion in aid over the past 11 years and currently assisting reconstruction projects in several Afghan provinces.
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