GILGIT: Chief Minister Haji Gulbar Khan announced on Saturday that the Gilgit-Baltistan government has established a special committee for the reinstatement of the Karakoram Examination Board in an effort to address the difficulties faced by Karakoram International University.
Due to the university’s financial struggles, which have resulted in fee increases and student protests, there is an urgent need for practical solutions. The Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) became the new affiliation for all government schools in Gilgit-Baltistan’s ten districts when the government made this decision in 2018.
While this move aimed to “standardize education” across the region. It inadvertently led to a financial crisis for Karakoram International University (KIU). The university, which previously managed these affiliations, faced a significant reduction in revenue, exacerbating its financial challenges.
However, on Saturday, GB CM. While addressing a laptop distribution ceremony at KIU main campus in Gilgit, announced the formation of the committee composed of GB cabinet members. Saying the Karakoram Examination Board would be reinstated soon.
“The move aimed to resolve the university’s financial challenges. And enhance the accessibility of examination-related services for the people of Gilgit-Baltistan,” he said. The chief minister emphasised the importance of modernizing education to meet contemporary needs.
He emphasized that the laptop program played a crucial role in aligning education with contemporary demands and saw it as an investment in Pakistan’s future by providing technology to the country’s youth.
Gulbar Khan described Karakoram International University as a national asset. And acknowledged its critical role in advancing research and higher education in Gilgit-Baltistan. He pledged continued support for the welfare and growth of the university. The chief minister had earlier given the pupils laptops. On this occasion, over 650 laptops given out as part of the Prime Minister’s Youth Laptop Scheme.
The initiative is a key component of the Prime Minister’s Youth Program. Aimed at empowering young people with modern technology and enhancing their educational skills.
KIU Vice-Chancellor Dr Attaullah Shah expressed gratitude for the provincial government’s consistent support, especially during challenging times. The ceremony also featured remarks from Muhammad Majid Mustafa, the Higher Education Commission’s Regional Coordinator for the Laptop Scheme. Who congratulated the recipients and discussed the HEC’s priorities for promoting higher education in Pakistan, particularly in Gilgit-Baltistan.
The event was attended by various dignitaries, including Provincial Minister of Education Ghulam Shahzad Agha, Provincial Minister of Information Technology Suriya Zaman. Special Assistant to CM on Youth Affairs Zabihullah, Chief Minister’s Secretary Sanaullah Khan. And senior administrative and academic officers of the university, along with journalists and the students receiving the laptops.