Karachi Education City

 

education city Government of Sindh has notified an area of 9000 acres for establishing Education City (EC). Core elements of EC are ‘local’ educational and health institutions that will provide solutions to Pakistan’s challenge of higher education, which will bring multi billion dollar investment in the higher education sector of the economy. The project would be managed by an independent authority, which will oversee the overall management and development of Education City. In this regard the process of release of funds and appointment of consultant for establishing the company has already been taken up expeditiously with concern quarters. The steps to secure the land first by conducting topographic survey and by erecting boundary wall, elevated towers is also underway and Finance Department, Government of Sindh has already been requested for the release of funds.

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Salient Features of the Master Plan

  • Community engagement
  • Infrastructure - utilities, roads, IT, storm/sewage systems
  • Civic facilities -schools, health care, day care, etc.
  • Eco-friendly design
  • Commuter connection to Karachi

Guiding Principles

  • Inclusive interaction and facilitation
    1. Investing Institutions
    2. All stakeholders including Development & Utility agencies
    3. Civil Society
  • Transparency in selection of Institutions
  • Due Consideration to the welfare of locals
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    1. Economic opportunities and jobs
    2. Access to learning opportunities
    3. Avoid displacements
    4. Adequate compensation / replacement for economic activities disturbed
  • Adopting best international practices for regulating the constructions and operations with special regard to the environment
    1. Maintaining and increasing plant population and vegetation in Deh Chuhar
    2. Sustainable use of underground water resources
    3. Greener alternatives for Energy needs

Current Stakeholders

  • Judicial Academy
  • Aga Khan University
  • Newports Institute of Communications & Economics
  • Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science & Technology
  • Sindh Institute of Urology & Transplantation
  • Barret Hodgson – Salim Habib Foundation
  • Sindh Madressa Board’s Quaid-e-Azam Public School
  • Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology
  • Ziauddin University
  • Habib Foundation
  • IT & Media City

Important Milestones Achieved

Following are the milestones achieved by SBI towards establishment of the Karachi Education City:

  • De-notification of forest land falling in the area of the Education City
  • Topographical survey initiated and completed for the entire land of Karachi Education City
  • Draft EC Act is being prepared by SBI to determine scope, aims & objectives, by - laws and governance structure of the Education City
  • Contract signed with ARCOP – Architects, Engineers and Designers Consulting firm for the Master Planning of the project which was selected by the Planning and Development Department, Government of Sindh in a transparent manner through International Bidding Process and in consultation with the Stakeholders.
  • Cancellation of Short Leases falling in the area of Education City
  • Satellite image of the entire land obtained in early 2009 to check any fresh encroachments on the land of Education City
  • Amendment made in the Colonisation Act and Statement of Conditions through promulgation of an ordinance
  • Visit to other Education City projects in the region (Qatar, Malaysia and UAE) has been undertaken to better understand their infrastructure facilities, governance structure and future plans
  • Rs. 1 Billion earmarked in the current year Budget 2010 – 2011 for the Infrastructure development of the Education City
  • Presentations made to various Multilateral & Bilateral Donor Agencies and Foreign Missions for allocation of funding of the Infrastructure development of the project
  • Briefing on Master Plan of the Education City was held on Dec 11, 2010 at the Chief Minister’s House marked by Foundation Stone laying ceremony of the Administration Enclave of the Education City