NLC CONSTRUCTED UNIVERSITY BUILDING HANDED OVER TO AFGHAN GOVT
National Logistics Cell (NLC) handed over the newly constructed building of Liaqat Ali Khan Engineering Faculty Block at Bulkh University at an impressive ceremony held at Mazar-i-Sharif. The mega project of the University has been completed by NLC at the cost of 18 million dollars under Pakistan’s Bilateral Assistance Programme for the rebuilding and rehabilitation of Afghanistan.
The Faculty Block is the fourth project completed by NLC in Afghanistan. Other projects constructed by Pakistan’s premier construction company, NLC, include Allama Iqbal Faculty of Arts in Kabul, Nishtar Kidney Centre in Jalalabad and Sir Syed Post Graduate Science Faculty in Nanagarahar while work on 200 Beds Jinnah Hospital Kabul is in final stages of completion.
Ambassador of Pakistan to Afghanistan Mohammad Sadiq gave away keys of the building to the Chancellor of Balkh University Mukamel Alokozay to formally hand over the project to Afghanistan. The Ceremony was attended by Governor Barkh Province Atta Muhammad Noor, Minister for Higher Education Dr. Obaidullah Obaid, members of Provincial Council and Wolesi Jirga, faculty staff and a large number of university students.
Addressing the ceremony, Ambassador Muhammad Sadiq underlined the need for fostering mutual cooperation and friendly relations between the two brotherly countries. He said that the Faculty will become a symbol of Pakistan’s desire and its contribution to promote higher education in Afghanistan. The Ambassador paid glowing tributes to National Logistics Cell for timely completion of the mega project which would play a major role in promoting the higher education in the brotherly country. Governor Balkh Atta Muhammad Noor thanked the Government of Pakistan for its continued support in the re-building of Afghanistan and appealed regional countries for launching similar projects in the war torn Country.
Spread over an area of 17,000 square meters, the Faculty Block has 50 classrooms having the capacity to accommodate around 3000 students, 2 seminar halls and 60 offices for faculty members besides other allied amenities. The Faculty has its own water supply, sewerage and electrical systems.
It is worth mentioning here that the completion of Project in face of heavy odds and in the difficult environment of the war-torn Country is regarded as landmark achievement of NLC by the Afghan Govt. NLC created enormous goodwill among the Afghan people through its quality construction and providing unique opportunity to local workforce to enhance their skills and expertise in construction. The Project thus paved way for strengthening the brotherly ties between both Countries with far-reaching diplomatic implications.
A view of Liaqat Ali Khan Engineering Faculty Block at Bulkh University constructed by NLC.
Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan Mohammad Sadiq, Chancellor of Balkh University Mukamel Alokoza and Governor Balkh Province Atta Muhammad Noor, Minister for Higher Education Dr. Obaidullah Obaid.