It is the need of the hour to get the province of Balochistan established in every sphere. With the onset of CPEC, and the fencing of the Durand line, the province is picking up pace, and is finally moving towards development in the contemporary era. The socio-economic contours are in transformation and things are getting on a better wavelength. Apart from all these spheres, what Balochistan needs to focus most is on structured academic institutions. Currently, the provisional government and Pakistan Army are working on a massive level at the primary education level, but the fact of the matter is that universities need the same level of attention as well. Quality level, university education, is the key element for the development of any society. They are the hub which produces, and equip students with first hand training, and make them into productive human resource for the country.

While there are universities in Balochistan but they are not up to the mark. Standard universities are required to gauge the youth of Balochistan and they should be inculcated in the decision making factions. In case of Balochistan, the particular interest to us is another revolution that will bring about a social structure of our universities; especially the state mega universities which are opening in Balochistan.

In April 2018, President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain approved the campus of NUML in Gwadar. Recently, the Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa also laid the foundation stone of NUST in Quetta. The amount of construction of this campus is estimated at Rs 2.5 Billion and the campus will cover 30 acres of land. This university will entertain all the major courses, and will also have a special department on mining and water resource engineering. These universities will produce well trained experts on minerals and natural resources, and mining engineers etc. These universities will not only accommodate the students on their interested expertise, but it will subjugate the deprivation from them. This academic upheaval will also precede the current revolution in family morals and norms by half a generation. The next generation will be better equipped to contribute to the development of Balochistan.

Another point to mention here is a major reordering of the university tradition, by the introduction of management experts in leadership roles. This whole reordering will produce the leaders from within Baloch ethnicity and the leadership crisis will be vanished from next generation. The essential element of professional reorganization is the redefinition of the role of students and professionals. The time is now appropriate for new and innovative reorganization of departmental programs, especially in the area of curriculum and its relation to career aspirations.

The universities will face challenges because of unrest created by the non-state elements but the situation is likely to improve because of the Durand line fencing. The academia is a soft target and from these grounds, anti-state elements will try to defame the province. Strong academicians with pro-Pakistan sentiments are required to counter such moves within the universities. Professors and their associates have the responsibility now, as never before. So in order to achieve the relevance and appropriateness of their educational endeavors, they should stick to the agenda that they must clear the thinking of students from anti-state agenda. The new cohorts of academic power represent a public demand that the university is more sensitive to the needs of society. This sensitivity can best be achieved by including in our graduate programs quality training in every sphere of life.

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is currently engaged with the Social Media Department at the Voice of Balochistan. Pursuing CA as her major, she is a writer and reader by passion who is also writing a novel. She has worked for Ezine Articles and is currently also working for Act Youth Force, which is a project to ensure quality education for all. Her areas of interest are social and domestic issues. She had written extensively on women empowerment and education.

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