MIRPUR (AJK) -- The quota reserved for the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) students has been enhanced from 38 to 73 in the University of Poonch.
The decision to this effect taken in the 12th session of the university's senate chaired by Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan in Rawalakot on Tuesday.
GB Governor Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon and Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman, in a meeting with the AJK president in August last, had called for increasing the quota of GB students in the AJK educational institutions.
Under the decision, 18 of the enhanced seats in University of Poonch were reserved for bachelor's programmes and 13 for master's programmes.
Addressing the university senate meeting, Sardar Masood Khan said the AJK government was determined to provide facilities to the GB students equal to the local students in educational institutions.
He said,"The GB students are our part like human body, and we do not consider them separate from us. Increase in quota for the GB students is a small gift from us, and we will take more steps for their welfare."
The AJK president stressed the need of improvement of standard of education, and to promote the research culture in the Azad Kashmir universities. "We will have to consolidate our energies...