It has been officially announced that the Information Technology University (ITU) will open the main campus on Barki Road, near Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore. Chairperson Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), Dr. Umar Saif, in the last year, announced this outline as one of the progressive projects to be done in the year 2017.
The government has allotted a land grant of 184 acres for the establishment of the new campus. Moreover, the Punjab Government has provided the University with a significant amount of 5 Billion rupees, while 2 Billion rupees were already reserved for the developmental project under the fiscal year 2016-17 budget.
Dr. Umar Saif envisions to provide Pakistani students a well sustained research-based study in the vast field of technology. The campus aims to house 15,000 students and 2,000 qualified members of faculty and research staff.
The planned campus will have a vivid design to facilitate the students at every level. The main campus will have 4 states of the art Multi-storey Blocks containing Lecture Theaters, Laboratories, Research Centers, Reading, Faculty, and Discussion rooms, and Auditoriums.
Moreover, there will be an on-housing amenity for students and faculty from outside the city. As per ITU’s website, there will be other interesting facilities like Learning Resource Center, Student Center, Career Placement Office, Executive Development Center, Shopping Area, Food Courts, Medical Center, Sports Complex, Cricket Stadium, Football / Hockey Ground, Squash Court, boardrooms for other indoor games to make sure that students learn and have fun at the same time.
There are other plans made for robust development like recently, ITU and WWF joined hands to secure the environment from technology hazardous. Further, ITU has planned a Summer Internship program for developing IT students at FinTech Research Center.
ITU is a both public and private university. However, it is funded by the government but its patterns and norms compete with the high-end universities of Pakistan. It is acknowledged by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) as well as the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC).