The Government of Punjab has issued an ordinance that will provide legal cover to a proposed technical and vocational education university being built in Lahore with assistance from China.

The ordinance, named Punjab Tianjin University of Technology Lahore Ordinance 2017, was issued after authorisation by Punjab Governor Rafiq Rajwana. The technical university in Lahore is expected to be completed by February next year.

Earlier in May, the Punjab Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) had entered into an agreement with Tianjin University of Technology and Education China to jointly set up a technical university in Lahore. The Punjab chief minister had also constituted a special committee under the provincial minister for school education for coordination with Tianjin University.

Officials from both sides have held a held a number of meetings and discussed various possibilities, opportunities and features of the proposed university, including its charter, courses to be offered, budgetary requirements, faculty hiring, availability of space per requirements of the Punjab Higher Education Commission.

The university is expected to be staffed with Chinese faculty members as well as administration in order to ensure that the education and training imparted meet the standards at leading Chinese universities. However, TEVTA Chairman Irfan Qaiser Sheikh earlier said the university’s faculty would be hired on merit bases and according Higher Education Commission (HEC) benchmarks, hinting at hiring of local professionals as well.

Reports circulating in the media said the new university could be set up in the premises of Government College of Emerging Technologies, Green Town, or Government College of Technology, Raiwind. The university is likely to offer degree programmes in Information Technology, civil engineering, electrical engineering, automobile engineering, architecture and textile design initially, besides preparing students in other disciplines crucial to the success of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

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