Approval of Rs7bn for uplift of capital's schools expected today.

ISLAMABAD -- The planning ministry will decide the fate of a project worth Rs7 billion for Islamabad-based educational institutions as a meeting is slated to be held at the Planning Commission on Saturday.

Sources said the Planning Commission had already in principle approved the project with certain objections.

The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has removed the objections and will present a compliance report to get the approval of the ministry on Saturday, so funds could be allocated in the upcoming federal budget.

The FDE regulates 423 schools and colleges in Islamabad.The sources said last year Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood had also sought Prime Minister Imran Khan's help to get funds for the project to improve the physical condition of 170 schools besides providing them missing facilities.

They said the prime minister had assured the minister that the government would provide the required funds for the project.

Project envisages improvement of 170 schools, provision of missing facilities

Under the 'Provision of Basic Educational Facilities in Educational Institutions of ICT', the rehabilitation of the existing infrastructure in the educational institutions would be improved.

'Our project worth Rs7 billion is in principle approved and for the upcoming fiscal year we are expecting to get Rs400 million,' said a director of the FDE.

Out of the total 423 institutions, around 220 have already been facelifted through a project launched by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in 2017. That project is near completion.

The sources said through the new project, the FDE will facelift around 170 schools which remain neglected in the past. A...

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