China is set to give Pakistan Rs 2 billion for completion of a smart university transformation project.
The smart university is a project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework to assist Pakistan in economic and social development. According to sources ,the first phase of the pilot program includes 50 public universities.
The project covers a total of 124 public universities, 400 smart classrooms and 200 classrooms in the first phase of the pilot project , according to the agreement signed by China and Pakistan.
The project was approved in 2015 and aims at equipping universities with “blanket wifi coverage”. The project is expected to be completed by 2024, according to the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. The assistance comes in addition to China building schools and 50 vocational centers across Pakistan under the framework of CPEC.
The project focuses on creating an attractive academic atmosphere by introducing advanced digital technologies in the universities. The project further aims at developing distant learning in addition to promoting cultural progress,hence expanding the influence and coverage of higher education.