GIK INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERING SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY President Ghulam Ishaq Khan took an active interest in the promotion of science and technology in Pakistan A scientist by training, he had come to recognize the importance of science and technology for economic development when he was appointed by General Zia ul-Haq to supervise Pakistan’s nuclear program Although Ishaq Khan was a strong believer in a prominent role of the state in economic and social management, the government’s poor performance in these areas in the 1970s and 1980s seemed to have persuaded him to rely on private initiative The success of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) influenced his thinking By the time he became president in 1988, following the death of Zia ul-Haq, he was prepared to accept a role for the private sector in the areas of special emphasis, including education, science, and technology In 1988, the Bank for Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) committed Rs 500 million to Ishaq Khan for the establishment of an advanced institution of learning in science and technology The preparatory work for the design of the institution was done by Abdul Qadeer Khan, and the launch of the institution was announced in Islamabad on 7 January 1991 The institution was to be located at Topi, in the Swabi District of the Northwest Frontier Province The land for the institution was donated by the provincial government The institution received its first class of students in 1993

The institution was designed to accommodate 600 students each year The program called for the establishment of a postgraduate facility after the year 2001

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