Islamabad - The government on Wednesday announced that the new Islamabad Airport will be functional by July 2017.

In a written reply to the National Assembly, Minister In-charge of the Aviation Divisions said that after completion of all awarded packages, 6-8 months time period would be required for testing and operationalisation of the airport. “The airport will be fully operational for commercial operations after testing, commissioning and operational readiness process by July 2017,” he said.

During the Question Hour, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad said that new offices of Pakistan Baitul Mal (PBM) would be established as presently its 151 offices are providing assistance to the needy people across the country.

Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary informed the House that liver transplant facility was launched during the previous government at the PIMS hospital but it was not successful. He said the government was in process of re-launching the facility soon.

To a question, the minister admitted acute shortage of teachers in the government schools of capital especially science teachers.

He said fresh recruitment of teachers particularly science teachers will soon be started. He said the prime minister has allowed the recruitment to meet the shortage of teachers in schools and colleges in Islamabad. He said issues of daily wage teachers are also being addressed.

Answering a question, he said 15,000 children were out of school in capital.

Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman told the House that the provinces have agreed on formulation of basic uniform syllabus.

He said that National Curriculum Council has been established for this purpose and it is working on minimum consensus uniform syllabus in coordination with all the provinces, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan. He pointed out that a consensus syllabus is necessary to promote national cohesion.

Replying to a question, he said that 12,304 Non-formal Basic Education Community Schools are functioning across the country and about one million children are getting education in these schools.

Baligh Ur Rehman informed the House that educational and technical university is being established in Islamabad and PC-I has been prepared in this regard. He said a comprehensive skill training programme is also being implemented in the federal capital. He pointed out that three vocational and technical training schools are already functioning and 12 more such schools will be established in Islamabad this year.