Construction work on the building of Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science, and Technology (FUUAST) Islamabad would start soon as Ministry of Planning, Development, and Reforms has recently accorded the formal approval for the establishment of the varsity’s own building.
ISLAMABAD, (Confirmed from Jung News – 20th Mar 2018 ):
Construction work on the building of Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) Islamabad would start soon as Ministry of Planning, Development, and Reforms has recently accorded the formal approval for the establishment of the varsity’s own building.
“We hope that the much-delayed construction work will start at the earliest,” Additional Registrar of the University Shah G Muhammad said while talking to APP Tuesday. He blamed that the construction faced delay due to lack of interest on part of former vice chancellor.
The university was ready to continue working with the contractor already approved by the authorities concerned for construction of new buildings, he added.
Shah further said that the university had bought 80 kanals of land in Kurri area of Islamabad in 2013 for which Central Development Working Party (CDWP) had approved a budget of Rs 640 million for construction of its new building, out of which it released Rs 10 million so far.
However, sources told APP, that a new PC-I of the project was prepared last year which showed an increase in construction cost from Rs 640 million to Rs 720 million.
It is pertinent to mention that the construction contract was granted in 2015, but on advise of Higher Education Commission (HEC), the Planning Division had ceased citing the reason that the university has no permanent vice chancellor since long.
However, due to the efforts of Urdu Chancellor of Vice Chancellor Dr. Altaf Hussain, the Higher Education Commission withdrew its objection, as Dr. Altaf was also Vice-Chancellor of Allama Iqbal Open University, and had spent many constructions works at his time.
Vice Chancellor Dr. Altaf has called on a building company meeting on March 26. Remember that federal Urdu University is running in the rent of a taxi building in Islamabad and for this purpose, pay Rs. 30 lakh in Urdu University for this purpose.
The university, through the HEC, had requested the Planing Commission seeking permission for construction of the building but the Ministry refused, saying that the contract could not be awarded under the Acting VC.