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PFI to be upgraded to National Forest University by 2017: Advisor.

PESHAWAR -- Advisor to the Chief Minister for Environment, Forest and Wildlife, Syed Ishtiaq Urmar said on Wednesday that Pakistan Forest Institute (PFI), Peshawar would be upgraded to National Forests University by 2017.

In an exclusive chat with reporter, he said the Government has allocated special grant for PFI and has planned to upgrade its status to a national forest university by 2017.

He said PFI was a premier forest institute of the country imparting quality education to students viz a viz training to nominees of forests departments of all the federating units, AJK and Gilgit Baltistan besides educational services to foreign students of the friendly countries.

The Advisor said 40 years old course of BSc and MSc forestry has been replaced and new curriculum was introduced to cater the modern days' education and research demands of the country.

To a question, he said the first ever zoo in Peshawar was being established in the premises of PFI to provide better entertainment facilities to residents of Peshawar.

He said work on the first ever zoo of Peshawar was in progress and would be inaugurated by December this year.

The zoo is being established on 29 acres land on the range land of PFI and work on its boundary has been completed, he said.

Ishtiaq Urmar when asked about non allocation of funds for the zoo in KP budget 2016-17 said Rs 120 million have been already approved for this mega project and if required more funds would be provided from the umbrella funds of Environment Department.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Jul 14, 2016
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