Monday, January 19, 2009

Imran Khan another effort, NAMAL College

Location and Facilities

Namal College is built on land generously donated by the people of Mianwali District. Located a short distance outside the city of Mianwali on the main Highway, the college is set on a gentle slope of a hill in beautiful countryside on the edge of Namal lake. Phase 1 of the project and the first of a complex of buildings has now been completed. The two storey building, covering an area of 60,000 sq. ft. houses the college administration, Maths and Computing laboratories and an English Language Centre. Phase II of the construction programme will begin shortly and include Staff and Student Accommodation premises and research laboratories.

Faculty and Associates

The first faculty and auxiliary staff have been appointed and additional academic, curriculum and administration support is being provided by the University of Bradford in the UK. Dr. Mohammed Khurshid Khan, Associate Dean (International Programmes) of the University of Bradford’s School of Engineering, Design and Technology has been seconded to work on the Namal College Project. Dr. Khan brings to the Namal College Project vast experience in establishing world-class Educational Institutions.

The University of Bradford

Namal College is an Associate College of the University of Bradford, one of the leading Universities in United Kingdom. It specialises in the Technical and Engineering disciplines, and has a history of developing and delivering high quality and demand driven degree programmes. Bradford has extensive experience in setting up vocational training professional courses in different parts of the World. Bradford University will work closely with Namal College in designing the courses and curriculum, in ensuring Quality Assurance, training and development for the Faculty and advising on matters related to academic administration. Imran Khan is the Chancellor of the University of Bradford. For further information about the University of Bradford please visit the University website: www.bradford.ac.uk

Mianwali Development Trust and Imran Khan

As a philanthropist and a Member of Parliament in the district, Imran has, under the umbrella of the Mianwali Development Trust (MDT), undertaken a number of initiatives to address the multiple economic and social challenges faced by the area. These challenges include driving improvements in literacy, community organization, health, access to credit, encouragement of corporate investment, and education. Imran Khan has the experience and drive to make Namal College a success story. In 1996, Imran, opened the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust (SKMCH) Cancer Hospital in memory of his mother who had suffered from the disease. Today SKMT is one of the leading institutions for free Cancer Treatment in the world and has received international recognition. Imran is also amongst some leading World celebrities who donate their talents to advocate for children on behalf of UNICEF as a Special Representatives. He has used his high profile in cricket to support health and immunisation programmes in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Thailand. In December 2005 Imran was appointed as Chancellor of the University of Bradford in the UK, acting as an ambassador for the University in the UK and overseas. The Chancellor awards degrees but also is important as a role model and in helping raise aspirations and awareness of educational opportunities. The University's first Chancellor was Harold Wilson, Labour Prime Minister of Britain.

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