Six Varsities to be Built in Kabul

Bakhtar News Agency / August 17, 2008

The ministry for higher education Saturday signed contracts of building six universities in different provinces with construction companies in Kabul. The higher education minister Mojammad Azam Dadfar signed the contracts on behalf of the government with representatives of the private construction companies in a ceremony at his ministry headquarters. The universities to be built in Jawzjan, Bamyan, Paktia, Kunduz, Faryab and Badakhshan provinces will cost $4.6 millions, said the minister. The minister said $10 millions were allocated from the ministry's development budget to building of universities and renovation of currently existing ones this year. The universities will be constructed by the end of the current year. In addition to the university building, dormitories will be also constructed for all but Bamyan, said Dadfar. According to the ministry officials at present there are 22 higher education institutions, most of them universities, across the country accommodating 50,000 students total.

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