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A special package worth Rs 285 million has been allocated for universities in Balochistan, FATA and Gilgit Baltistan over and above their normal allocation for the upcoming financial year 2020-21, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan has said. In a statement released on Wednesday, HEC said funding for FATA University had also been prioritized and its allocation had been tripled.

Balochistan lags much behind its other provincial brothers as far as access to and quality of education is concerned, with a recent survey putting a spotlight on the province’s sorry state of education. According to the survey, education in Balochistan needs serious attention as the literacy rate in the province stands at a mere 33 percent.