Human Capital Development

Human Capital Development Performance 2013-2018



Ensured access to basic education for all

  • Increased Punjab’s education participation from 83% to 92% through enrolmentof more than 700,000 previously out of school children
  • Enrolled 10,000 students in 14 newly established world class schools under the Danish School Authority
  • Set up and revamped NIO,OOO schools educating over 2.5 M students through public private partnerships
  • Introduced early childhood education in selected public schools
  • Awarded need based scholarships worth Rs 17 billion through the Punjab Education Endowment Fund (PEEF)
  • Introduced free transport in ICT Federal schools

Expanded learning

  • Developed interprovincial consensus on curriculum through establishment of National Curriculum Council
  • Developed world class textbooks and teaching manuals setting the stage for a pedagogical revolution
  • Formulated TVET policy and introduced vocational track in public schools

Implemented an integrated quality strategy

  • Developed National Education Standards (NES) setting a minimum common benchmark for the country’s schools
  • Increased student learning outcomes by 22 percentage points through:
  • Conducting effective assessments
  • Developing quality teaching materials
  • Introducing mandatory teacher training

Closed the HR and infrastructure gap

  • Increased provision of basic facilities from 70% to 99%
  • Recruited 300,000 new teachers on merit
  • Recruited 3,000 young managers as AEOs
  • Revamped governance and education financing
  • Strengthened a digital monitoring system for public schools to drive accountability
  • Disbursed 14 billion Rupees to schools for financial and administrative empowerment


Higher Education

Improved access

  • Increased funding for higher education by 75%
  • Provided scholarships to 150,000 students from underprivileged areas through the Prime Minister scholarship scheme
  • Introduced the Prime Minister laptop scheme
  • Established 27 new colleges andl4 new universities in Punjab since 2008
  • Provided 350,000 merit scholarships, worth Rs. 17 B, under the Punjab
  • Education Endowment Fund (PEEF)
  • Committed to establish a university in every distrid of the country
  • Increased enrollment by 8% per year, from 1.14 M to 1.7 M
  • Improved proportion of female students to 48%

Enhanced quality

  • Selected Chairman HEC, VCs, and faculty purely on merit
  • Established Quality Enhancement Cells at public universities
  • Allocated Rs. 3 B to support I,000-1,500 Ph.D. students in advanced countries
  • Signed agreements with major partner countries, including US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, China, and Turkey, for placement of Ph.D students and postdoc scholars
  • Established Centers of Advanced Studies (CAS) in water, energy, food security, Al, metadata, and robotics

Encouraged Quality Research

  • Provided research funding to university faculty members to undertake publishable research
  • Signed agreements with partner countries to support collaborative research involving both Pakistani and non-Pakistani academia
  • Produced more Ph.D.’s in last 5 years than in the previous 65 years
  • Improved the number of research journals and research articles published in Pakistan.
  • Increased faculty strength by 60 %
  • Increased the proportion of faculty members with PhD. degrees from 26 to 28 per cent

Improved system’s efficiency

  • Established Pakistan Education Research Network (PERM) as a dedicated fiber optic network for national and international inter-university connectivity. It connects 56 universities and other academic institutions at speeds of 10 Gbps

Enhanced relevance of education

  • Provided targeted research funding to promote umversifvmdustry linkages
  • Established Offices of Research Innovation and Commercialization (ORICs) at public universities to promote practical research
  • Established professional bodies in applied domains (nursing, pharmacy, business management) to review and approve curricula and programs in their fields


Research and Innovation

Established new facilities for technology and innovation

  • Established Science and Technology Park at NUST through cooperation with China and Turkey
  • Established National University of Technology
  • Established Advanced Technology Training Center at Knowledge Park, Muridke
  • Upgraded COMSATS Institute of Information Technology as COMSATS University
  • Passed legislation for Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) Act 2017

Strengthened existing institutions to drive innovation

  • Strengthened National Institute of Oceanography (N10) for marine research Completed building, modernization & rehabilitation of PCSIR/NPSL at a┬ácost of Rs. 700 M
  • Established new laboratories under Pakistan Standards & Quality Control Authority

Launched targeted interventions to promote innovation

  • Started Science Talent Farming Scheme (STES) for Young Students at a cost of Rs. 3 B
  • Developed bilateral cooperation with China, Sri Lanka, Belarus, Iran, Turkey and Tajikistan for HR development and transfer of technology
  • Provided need-based R&D assistance to public and private sectors to encourage innovation
  • Upgraded Pilot Plants at major centers and established mechanical workshops under PCSIR in several major cities
  • Established water quality testing laboratories in 24 districts and National
  • Capacity Building Institute for water quality management in Islamabad




Safeguarded child’s right to life

  • Increased the rate of fully immunised children from 49% to 84%, covering 1M additional children
  • Improved rate of safe deliveries from 68% to 81%
  • Eliminated Neo-Natal & Maternal Tetanus from Punjab
  • Reduced Polio cases from 306 in 2014 to 3 in 2018
  • Treated 222,525 SAM and 634,602 MAM children
  • Enhanced breast feeding rate from 16.8% to 30.7%
  • Increased TB detection by 12%, with 93% success rate

Enhanced health access and coverage for the poor

  • Opened access to private hospitals for 3M abject poor through PM’s National Health Program in 44 districts
  • Added over 7,000 hospital beds across Punjab
  • Revamped 15 THQ and 25 DHQ hospitals
  • Added 800 new 24/7 BHUs, and installed 1,000 ultrasound machines to ensure safe births
  • Introduced 933 ambulances in rural and urban areas
  • Set up 125 Hepatitis Clinics to contain the epidemic
  • Established 4 Burn Centers and 2 Regional Blood Centers

Increased healthcare funding

  • Increased healthcare financing from 0.27% of GDP to 0.91%
  • Increased Punjab’s health budget by 200% since 2012-13

Produced world-class health workforce

  • Recruited additional 5,000 doctors, 3,800 Post Graduate Specialist Trainees and 8,000 nurses
  • Established 3 medical universities and 4 medical colleges
  • Upgraded 7 nursing schools to colleges

Channelized resources for sustainable population growth

  • Conducted the long pending population census for effective planning
  • Setup a Punjab Population Innovation Fund to generate creative models for family planning and reproductive health
  • Ensured over 95% availability of contraceptives at family health clinics and family welfare centers across Punjab





Established legislative framework for environmental protection

  • Passed landmark Pakistan Climate Change Act 2017
  • Ratified the Paris Climate Agreement 2015
  • Forwarded Pakistan’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the UN, committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Approved first National Water Policy of the country to tackle water shortages and encourage conservation

Strengthened institutions to provide foundation for future reform

  • Introduced reforms to strengthen and revitalize Global Climate Impact Studies Centre
  • Established an interprovincial body (NCCPIC) to monitor, oversee and coordinate actions by various ministries
  • Strengthened Forests Department to enable better implementation of anti deforestation efforts
  • Fortified Pakistan Meteorological Department and National Disaster Management Authority by introducing cutting edge technology

Formulated effective policies to guard against environmental degradation

  • Developed 1,500 MWs of large-scale renewable energy projects
  • Developed a holistic National Forests Policy
  • Enforced EURO II standards for fuel in Pakistan
  • Halved duty on electric vehicles
  • Launched the Green Pakistan Program in 2016 aimed at building resilience against climate change through initiatives like afforestation and conservation of biodiversity
  • Established Pakistan’s first Marine Protected Area (MPA) at Astola island off the coast of Pasni