New buildings open on Kunar University campus
ASADABAD (Pajhwok): Two newly-constructed buildings for the agriculture faculty and a hostel were on Thursday inaugurated on the Syed Jamaluddin Afghan University campus in eastern Kunar province.
Higher Education Minister Dr. Farida Momand, the governor of Kunar, the provincial council chief and local officials attended the inauguration ceremony in Asadabad, the provincial capital.
Governor Wahidullah Kalimzai urged the higher education minister to pay special attention to the Syed Jamaluddin Afghan University.
He said the people of Kunar had a great passion for education and all schools in the province were operational. He said 180,000 students, including 80,000 girls, attended schools across the province.
Dr. Farida Momand, in response to local officials’ demands, said her ministry would construct a girls’ hostel, the university’s boundary wall, and would resolve the electricity problem on the campus on emergency footing.
She promised to resolve other such problems gradually. The minister also said her ministry had awarded scholarships to students in a transparent manner and no one’s right had been violated.
She said the newly-constructed two-storey hostel’s building had three blocks and it cost $1.5 million provided from the Higher Education Ministry’s budget. She said the hostel had the capacity to accommodate 1200 students.
The three-storey building for the agriculture faculty has 90 rooms and other allied facilities and it cost $5 million which had been provided by the Ministry of Counternarcotics, according to Momand.
The provincial council chief, Din Mohammad, urged the higher education minister to initiate the projects she promised as soon as possible.
Tribal elder Haji Mohammad Rozi called for the addition of engineering and law faculties and the launch of night classes in the university.
Wolesi Jirga member Sakhi Mashwani said the Ministry of Higher Education should pay special attention to the university entrance test in provinces, particularly in Kunar.
Established five years ago, the university has five faculties including Shariah, Agriculture, Education and Training, Economy and Computer Science. About 3129 students are currently enrolled in the university. They include students coming from other provinces.
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