Construction of Pakistan’s first nursing university to cost $16mn

Construction of Pakistan’s first nursing university to cost $16mn

ISLAMABAD: King Hamad University of Nursing and Associated Medical Sciences, Pakistan’s first nursing university, is estimated to be built at a cost $16 million.

Construction is expected to start next month as soon as the Ministry of National Health Services finalises all arrangements, according to a senior health ministry official.

“Going by the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has given 237 kanals of land to the first nursing university in Pakistan,” said Dr Asad Hafeez, Director-General Ministry of National Health Services.

“The contract for the construction of the university has been awarded and construction work will begin next month. The structure will be built within two years.”

The construction of the university is being funded by Bahrain, with Pakistan providing space and utility services. This was agreed after Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, the king of Bahrain, paid a visit to Pakistan in 2014 and offered to establish a state-of-the-art medical institution.

Dr Hafeez further said that initially, the institute will cater to 2,000 students, with 500 students to be admitted annually and 1,000 to benefit from the institute’s residential facility. The university will offer Masters, MPhil and PhD programmes.

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