There were as many as 4,000 people in Swat District who are addicted to drugs, including heroin and methamphetamine, a March survey conducted by Naway Jwand revealed.

'If we want to create a decent and a civilised society, we have to start from the universities to play a part in defeating terrorism,' one analyst argues.

Corporal punishment and physical abuse, a widely accepted practice in Pakistani schools, have discouraged students from going to schools, say observers.

The new KP government expects to enrol about 250,000 out-of-school children in government schools this year.

The bill, if it becomes law, would make corporal punishment in KP schools punishable with a fine and imprisonment.

Educational opportunities in Pakistan for Afghan students are a sign of strong ties between the two nations, officials say.

Teachers are welcoming the subject matter, which is aimed at helping the younger generation act socially responsible.

The move will mainstream seminaries, preventing terror links and allowing the government to provide funds for new facilities, say officials.

More than 15,000 schools have been closed in the province due to various insurgent activities.

Extremism at universities is a complex threat, says an Institute of Strategic Studies report.