The University of Technology, Nowshera is operational in 2016 but lacking lab amenities till now. The students are getting engineering education without conducting any practical acquaintance in engineering disciplines as the university is short of required facilities of laboratory.
First ever technology university of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s was established in 2015 with an apparition to bring into being technologists for the industries to be set up in the province. Academic activities had been started in the university since November 2016.
The University of Technology, Nowshera was short of 80 per cent of the required facilities of laboratory. Only a few small laboratories were established in different technologies that were not fulfilling the requirements of the students.
At the outset the students were taken infrequently to the two private universities in Peshawar — Iqra National University Hayatabad and Abaseen University Ring Road for convenient experiments of their courses.
Engineering disciplines course at the university were based on practical experiments almost 70 per cent while only 30 per cent was theory. The university had adequate finances but couldn’t establish state engineering laboratories due to incompetence of the powers that be at the helm of affairs.
There was no laboratory for the students enrolled in the department of electrical technology despite the fact that the aspirants didn’t conduct a single experiment. At Iqra National University Hayatabad few experiments were carry out which didn’t fulfill the demand of engineering disciplines.
Students had been boycotting their classes as a protest against unavailability of laboratories in the university. Students of engineering disciplines also staged protest demonstrations at the university and outside Nowshera Press Club.
According to the university management laboratories were in the work to establish soon. Tenders for establishment of laboratories at the departments of electrical and mechanical technologies have steps forward. The setting up of the laboratories would take five to six months to provide the engineering aspirants a quality education.