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Cricket is a popular sport in Faisalabad. Regional and international cricket matches are held in Iqbal Stadium,[148] named after Pakistani poet Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal.[149] The stadium is home to Faisalabad's local team, the Faisalabad Wolves.[150] Iqbal Stadium hosted the 1987 Cricket World Cup,[151] and the 1996 Cricket World Cup.[152]

The Faisalabad Hockey Stadium, located on Susan Road, was constructed in 2002, and can accommodate 25,000 spectators. On 16 April 2003, the stadium was inaugurated by Khalid Maqbool, governor of Punjab. It is the third largest hockey stadium in the country.Other parks include Canal Park, a family park located on the west bank of the Rakh Branch Canal.[19] The Gatwala Wildlife Park is a botanical natural reserve located at Gatwala that was renovated by the city district government.[146] The Pahari Grounds near D Ground is another renovated park that has a Pakistan Air Force F-86 Sabre on display.[147]

Cricket is a popular sport in Faisalabad. Regional and international cricket matches are held in Iqbal Stadium,[148] named after Pakistani poet Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal.[149] The stadium is home to Faisalabad's local team, the Faisalabad Wolves.[150] Iqbal Stadium hosted the 1987 Cricket World Cup,[151] and the 1996 Cricket World Cup.[152]

The Faisalabad Hockey Stadium, located on Susan Road, was constructed in 2002, and can accommodate 25,000 spectators. On 16 April 2003, the stadium was inaugurated by Khalid Maqbool, governor of Punjab. It is the third largest hockey stadium in the country.Faisalabad Hockey Stadium, located on Susan Road, was constructed in 2002, and can accommodate 25,000 spectators. On 16 April 2003, the stadium was inaugurated by Khalid Maqbool, governor of Punjab. It is the third largest hockey stadium in the country.[153] The stadium has hosted field hockey matches for both national and international competition but by the beginning of 2016 was reported to be in "pathetic condition as its astroturf has completed its life span about eight years ago." Commissioner Naseem Nawaz advised that efforts were under way to maintain the stadium.[153]

In October 2002, the Government College University established a Directorate of Sports to promote university and national level sports for male and female players. Infrastructure and facilities are available for university players in track, hockey, tennis, basketball, table tennis, badminton and cricket pitch.[154]

In 2013, Faisalabad's literacy rate of 46% for females was noticeably lower than the 69% for males; rural literacy was 49% compared to 74% in urban areas.[155]

Faisalabad has several research and educational institutions, both public and private, such as the University of Agriculture, Government College University, National Textile University, Nuclear Institute for Agriculture and Biology, University of Faisalabad, and the University of Engineering & Technology of Lahore.[156] In 2014, the University of Agriculture ranked 1st in agriculture and 4th overall for universities in Pakistan according to the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC), and was ranked 142nd in the 2013 Top 200 World Universities for agriculture and forestry by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).[157]

Education system

The education system is monitored by the District Education Officer (EDO) of the City District Government of Faisalabad.University of Agriculture, Government College University, National Textile University, Nuclear Institute for Agriculture and Biology, University of Faisalabad, and the University of Engineering & Technology of Lahore.[156] In 2014, the University of Agriculture ranked 1st in agriculture and 4th overall for universities in Pakistan according to the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC), and was ranked 142nd in the 2013 Top 200 World Universities for agriculture and forestry by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).[157]

The education system is monitored by the District Education Officer (EDO) of the City District Government of Faisalabad.[158] The city government reports its findings to the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training and the Minister for Education. Funding is provided by the government of Pakistan, City District Government and the fees collected from schools. There are four levels of the education system in the city: Primary, Elementary, High and Higher Secondary Level. Primary level education is only compulsory.[159] There are a number of schools for the assistance of children with special needs.[160]

Public libraries and museums

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority is a government-owned organisation that is responsible for the establishment, operation and maintenance of telecommunications in the city.[174] The organisation monitors and prevents illegal exchanges in the city.[175]

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited is the main provider of fixed line, mobile and broadband services. Regional headquarters is located at the Central Telecom House in Chinot Bazaar.[176] With the deregulation of the telecommunication sector by the Ministry of Information Technology, a range of companies now offer mobile and broadband services in the city.[177]

Film and theatre