The Federal government of Pakistan has recently announced a special grant to set up a regional campus of the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Sialkot, said Mr. Khawaja Muhammad Asif, the federal Minister for Defence, Water and Power.
While addressing the media in Islamabad, the minister expressed that the first installment of the special grant, worth Rs180 million, will be used to establish a state-of-the-art modern science and engineering institute in Sambrial, Sialkot. The campus would span over 150 acres and will cost Rs4 billion approximately.
The Minister further stated that the campus would focus on advanced courses in science and engineering that would be specifically curated to ensure ease of learning for higher-education students and faculty.
Inspired by the international model of education, the campus has also been envisioned to adopt best practices prevalent from the top universities in the country in order to promote research and development in science and engineering. The institute would also help in imparting advanced high skill training in specific fields of engineering.
NUST ranks as one of the good research educational institutions in emerging economies of the world. NUST is the only Pakistani university ranks among top 100 on Times Higher Education Emerging Economies Rankings. Moreover, it is ranked by QS World Ranking‘s as among the leading 50 universities under the age of 50, and is ranked by QS as among top 500 universities in the world.
NUST is a multi-campus university, with the headquarters located in Islamabad. Campuses of NUST are located in several cities across the country including Rawalpindi, Risalpur, and Karachi. NUST Sialkot campus is next in the list, which is to be completed over the next few years. Mr. Khawaja Muhammad Asif confirmed that a new campus would help create opportunities for everyone – especially local students – to contribute to the future of our industrial economy.