USAID Provide Fund of $6 million to Women Hostel at FCC

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Lahore, USAID has granted $6 million for the construction of women hostel at Forman Christian College here on Tuesday.

The ground breaking ceremony was headed by Dr. Andrew Sisson, Mission Director of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Nina Fite, U.S. Counsel General. This project is estimated to $6 million (Rs.543,600,000) with the objective to provide protection to all female student residing in the campus. Women are being supported and appreciated throughout Pakistan by the United States for getting higher education.

Dr. Sisson said while addressing on the occasion that the Government of United States has strong commitment to flourish and uplifting education in Pakistan especially minimizing the gender gap for getting higher education. He further added that by uplifting the education standard, society can get advantages of knowledge, learning and civilization from females.

FCC rector Dr. James Tebbe praised the project of women hostel and remarked that the new women hostel will help Forman Christian College to offer admission to more female students by giving safe and secure atmosphere for girls which is according to culture and customs of Pakistan.

Speakers including student representatives belonging from Sukkur and Chitral also admired the project. The student exclaimed their happiness for the project which will helpful to empower women throughout Pakistan.

The women hostel project will comprise of six storey having capacity of 360 rooms for female students of FCC. This new residence will encourage a large number to female student to get higher education by staying in safe and secure hostel particularly for the student living in remote and less developed areas. Presently the ratio of female students getting higher education at FCC is only 34% but with the availability of U.S. funded women hostel will help FCC to extend their ratio up to 50%.

USAID has also awarded 1,400 scholarships, computer labs, up gradation of library, development of a 4 year baccalaureate program and curriculum and staff training by funding at FCC. USAID has also helped for the construction of the science building considerably.

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