Muzaffarabad: The government of Punjab has provided RS1.5 billion as aid to Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) government for the betterment of its education sector.
Minister education Barrister Iftikhar Gilani told that the amount would be spent to improve the quality of education in the area and offering soft loans to needy students to carry on their higher studies.
He said literacy rate in AJK was high as compared to other parts of the country but the quality of education was very poor to meet the standards and compete at national level.
He said the government was facing of resources to distribute more funds in education sector to improve quality and meet the requirements. “This amount would be a gift for us from the Punjab government,” he said adding that would enable the department to meet the requirements.
He lauded the generous efforts of Punjab government to include the area and people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir to its progress and prosperity agenda and expressed gratitude.