On Tuesday, the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) announced that it was examining a proposal to open campuses of Pakistani colleges abroad to give education to the children of Pakistani workers working abroad.
During a hearing of the Senate Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis, Ayub Afridi, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis, remarked that during his recent visit to Saudi Arabia, the Pakistani community in Medina demanded that Pakistani universities be established there.
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“It has to be seen whether this is feasible, as well as how the Ministry of Education and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) can assist the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis in this area,” he stated.
According to the committee, the demands expressed in the public petition filed by the All Pakistan Overseas Organization included not only the development of university campuses abroad, but also an increase in the number of Pakistani schools in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations.