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Guru Nanak varsity’s stone laid in Pakistan

Guru Nanak varsity’s stone laid in Pakistan

Lahore, July 13

The foundation stone of Baba Guru Nanak International University (BGNU) has been laid in Nankana Sahib, the birth place of founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak, in Pakistan’s Punjab province, more than a decade after its construction proposal first surfaced.

The foundation stone of the university was laid by Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Friday and would be completed at a cost of Rs 258 crore spread over 10 acres.

The government, however, has not yet declared the tentative period when the university will be built. 

“The construction of the BGNU will begin once the legal formalities in this regard are met,” an official of the Punjab government said on Saturday.

He said the work on this project would begin soon since the Nankana Sahib falls in the constituency of federal interior minister Brig (R) Ijaz Shah.

“Brig Shah is a powerful minister in PM Imran Khan’s cabinet and on his invitation Punjab CM Buzdar came to Nankana Sahib and laid the foundation stone of the BGNIU,” he said. Brig Shah recently took over as the interior minister.

Buzdar said various neglected districts like Nankana Sahib would be brought on par with the developed cities.

“Establishment of Baba Guru Nanak University in Nankana Sahib is the part of the Prime Minister’s vision to facilitate students in Nankana Sahib and other adjoining districts,” he said.

The decision to construct the university came after the Sikhs living in Pakistan demanded a university after the name of the founder of their religion at his birthplace in Nankana Sahib. — PTI

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