|Turkish Ambassador during visit at Hazara Univeristy|
I have been keeping myself updated with the development of Hazara University for the last one-year. We have our commitment with the development of higher education in Pakistan, particularly in the quake hit zone of Hazara, where Turkish NGO has been busy in constructing 10 academic blocks.
These views were expressed by his Excellency M. Babur Hizlan, Ambassador of Republic of Turkey during his visit to Hazara University, Mansehra. The ambassador also inaugurated newly constructed girls hostel, which was constructed by the financial assistance of Higher Education Commission. Mr. Azam Khan Swati, Federal Minister for Science & Technology was also present at the occasion. Turkish government is trying its best to complete the unfinished construction work on these blocks at Hazara University. The historic ties between Pakistan and Turkey spread over many centuries and he was delighted to see the Guli Bagh, Mansehra where historic monuments and empty courts of Turkish era reminded of those strong links of history, which were time-tested and survived the hazards of history. In his speech Federal Minister for Science & Technology, Mr. Azam Khan Swati expressed his keen interest in the development of Hazara University. He was all the more interested in this university because its future is directly related to the new generation of Hazara. These young talented youth of Hazara and other parts of the country will be benefited from the academic and research programs. He has been very encouraged that the university was making rapid progress under the dynamic leadership of Prof. Dr. Syed Sakhawat Shah. He assured that he would mobilize all his resources for the welfare and promotion of students, faculty and construction projects of Hazara University. Later on, the delegation also visited various departments, which includes museum and art gallery, Pheasantry and incomplete construction project of Hazara University. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Syed Sakhawat Shah thanked the visiting delegation and their support for restarting the work on 10 academic block with the help of Turkish Government or Turkish NGO which has been suspended from August 2008. He also stressed that we are in dire need of infrastructure as we have plan to start six new departments from the ensuring semester. Now the total number of educational departments has risen to 34.