Minister for Education, Naeem Akthar today said the Government intends to strengthen existing Degree Colleges with all necessary infrastructure, rather than going for further expansion.
Responding to a question of Jugal Kishore Sharma, the Minister said State Government will first equip the existing colleges with infrastructure facilities like buildings, laboratories, libraries etc besides, teaching/ non teaching faculty.
Naeem Akhtar informed the House that Higher Education Department has 95 Degree Colleges, out of which 58 are functioning in their own buildings and remaining 37 are functioning in makeshift arrangements. He further said that there is no proposal presently under the consideration of the Government to establish new Degree College at Katra, Pouni, Mongari and Panchari.
Dr. Shehnaz Ganai and Sofi Yousuf raised supplementaries to the main question.