PESHAWAR, 05 December: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra on Monday formally inaugurated academic activities at the Fata University in Darra Adam Khel, FR Kohat.

The Fata University is the first ever institution of providing higher education to the people of tribal areas.

Federal Minister Safron, Abdudl Qadir Baloch, Fata parliamentarians, officials of the Higher Education Commission, vice chancellors of various universities, other government officials and large number of students and elders of the area were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the governor said the establishment of Fata University was a long cherished dream of the people of the tribal areas. To materialize the dream, he added, special efforts were made by the government as a result, the university had become functional in a short span of time.

He also appreciated the efforts of the Fata parliamentarian in the establishment of the university and said it reflected their keen interest in making the Education Emergency Progaramme in FATA a true success.

The governor remarked that the government had been struggling to spread a network of colleges and universities in FATA to offer ample opportunities to youth of the area for seeking higher knowledge. He vowed to continue hectic efforts for promotion of quality education in right from primary to university level institutions in FATA.

Earlier, the vice chancellor of the university, Dr. Tahir Shah highlighted certain difficulties being faced by the institution and requested the governor to help them in their resolution. He pointed out the problems of unavailability of electricity, gas, clean drinking water and transport facilities in the university. The governor assured that all the problems faced by the university administration would be resolved on priority basis.

Currently, four departments have been established in the university including Political Science, Mathematics, Management Sciences and Sociology. As many as 75 students have so far enrolled in the four-year BS program. Interestingly, not a single female student had applied for admission in the university.