ISLAMABAD  - New women universities have been established in Peshawar, Quetta, Lahore and Multan and as an outcome of the Higher Education Reforms (HEC) reforms, women enrollment in higher education has increased from 36 per cent to 47 per cent within the last few years.

HEC Chairman Dr. Javaid R. Laghari said this while presiding over a meeting at Govt. College Women University Sialkot, the first Women University of the region, on Saturday.

He said that women's universities are playing a foundation role in the education of female professionals, artists, writers, thinkers who are the future leaders of an educated, enlightened, ethical and prosperous Pakistan.

"Since the inception of HEC, new women's universities have been established in Peshawar, Quetta, Lahore and Multan and priority has been given to such development projects which have been really helpful in increasing women's enrollment in higher education sector of Pakistan," he remarked.

Dr. Javaid further stated that as outcome of the HEC reforms, women enrollment in higher education has increased from 36% to 47% within last few years. The female researchers/faculty members are being encouraged to avail HEC programs such as on scholarships, research & travel grants, holding of conferences.

He assured utmost cooperation of HEC to provide every sort of possible support to the administration of the university.

Prof Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin, Vice Chancellor University of Gujrat/ Additional Charge Vice Chancellor Govt. College Women University, Sialkot was also present, which was attended by all the officials and faculty of the Women University.