Public universities funds shortage
Varsities still await promised grant
Islamabad, Feb 14: Public sector universities are facing
shortage of funds in meeting their recurring and development
expenditures as the government has not released to them the promised
grant of Rs7.1 billon.
As a result, the management of some of the universities approached banks to get loans, sources said.
may be mentioned that 67 public sector universities in Islamabad,
Punjab, Sindh, KP and Balochistan are operating under the Higher
Education Commission (HEC).
Sources in the HEC said the government
had promised a grant of Rs4.6 billion and Rs2.5 billion for the
universities to meet their recurring expenditures and development
projects, respectively. However, this grant has not yet been released
despite several requests made to the authorities concerned, they added.
to the financial constraints, the universities have also not paid the
increase in salaries announced by the government in the budget of
2011-12 to their faculty members.
The sources said those
universities which had no resources to generate revenue were facing
problems in paying salaries to their employees.
Vice-Chancellor of the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) Prof Dr Masoom
Yasinzai said efforts were underway to get the grant announced by the
government in the fourth quarter of the financial year. In this regard, a
meeting of the HEC and federal government officials concerned is
scheduled to be held this week, he said.
Dr Yasinzai added: "Good
portion of the grant is yet to be released to universities. In the third
quarter of the financial year, the universities received a meagre share
of the grant."
Majority of the grant was given under the head of
recurring sector, he said, adding the grant for development projects was
ignored except for those schemes on which 80 per cent work had been
He said majority of public sector universities were
facing funds shortage due to lack of grant. Besides, these universities
also have no resources to generate revenue.
HEC Executive Director
Dr Sohail Naqvi also confirmed that some universities were facing
shortage of funds due to non-release of the promised grant. Their
expenditures are higher than the grant they get, he added. The official
said the government had assured the HEC of releasing the grant in the
third quarter which was still awaited. Dawn
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Private school owners reject new commission
Rawalpindi: All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association, Rawalpindi, has
rejected the decision of the Punjab government to establish an education
commission to control the high fees being charged by the private
educational institutions. Divisional President All Pakistan Private
Schools Management Association, Rawalpindi Abrar Ahmed said that they already have ordinance to check the private
educational institutions that's why there is no need to form new
education commission. He said some of the higher officials are trying to
close down private schools and colleges through education commission,
which would also create problems for others.
"We would not allow
anyone to create problems for private educational institutions and not
to accept any new authority," he said and added if operation is launched
the private schools would stage protest rallies in the province.
Ahmed said that the Punjab government is only improving the education
and health standard in papers whereas in reality it's not like that
everyone knows the education standard in the government educational
institutions and people are dying because of substandard medicines in
He said the Punjab government has exempted
Secondary School Certificate (SSC) students, studying in the government
schools, from paying examination fee. On the other hand they have
doubled the fee for the private candidates of SSC. Private students are
also the citizens of Pakistan and every citizen has equal rights but the
Punjab government is not paying attention on this discrimination. He
said the Punjab government should make equal policy for regular and
private students and should facilitate them.
"The Punjab chief
minister should take notice of the problems of the private educational
institutions and instead of making new education commission should make
police strong," he urged.
Parents appreciated the decision of the Punjab government for establishing
education commission to control the high fees of the private educational
institutions. The news
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Sexual harassment incidents not new: IIUI
Islamabad: The International Islamic University
Islamabad (IIUI) has said involvement of senior faculty members in
having sexual relation with their female students and juniors was not
something new and had also taken place in the past as well.
statement issued by the public relations department of the university
on Saturday said: "the previous administration used to hush up such
issues but the present administration has adopted a zero tolerance
policy in this regard."
The present administration of the
university has struck off two officers allegedly found involved in
immoral activities, it said, adding their cases had been referred to the
disciplinary committee for determination of punishment.
as the committee reached a conclusion, their recommendation will be
acted upon. The university has drawn a code of conduct for its employees
to follow." It said that in the reports appearing in a section of the
media, an attempt was made to create an impression that the university
administration was lenient on such immoral activities, which was
actually against the policy of the university.
"Parents of the
students should be satisfied that the university administration is very
vigilant on protection of dignity of its students." Dawn
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IIUI clarifies but also admits pay cuts
Islamabad: Taking exception to reports published in a section of press, the International
Islamic University Islamabad has made it clear that the administration
has not cut salary of any teacher from Faculties of Management Science
and Engineering and Technology; nor has issued any humiliating letter to
It said that Board of Governors of the university, which
is equivalent to syndicate, has decided, after thorough deliberations,
that incentives should be rationalised and be given to all on equality
basis. It said the university has not withdrawn benefits teachers are
entitled to as per Higher Education Commission (HEC) guidelines. It said
teachers of these two faculties continue to get M. Phil and Ph D
allowances in addition to the extra charges they are paid for working in
It said the university follows pay structure as
set by the government, having little room to deviate from it. It said as
per the government pay structure, salaries have been increased twice
over the last four years and the university has passed this benefit on
to all of its employees instantly.
It said the IIUI has not
increased student fees for three years while other universities have
been increasing fees on an annual basis. It said nowhere in the world,
teachers are paid in accordance with student fees. If student fee can
justify pay enhancement, salaries of teachers of the faculties whose
fees are relatively lesser should be lesser, which of course is not the
It said teachers have only been intimated that the
university desires that they keep working with it but if they have to
leave, they may inform about it in due course of time.It said the
university regards its teachers highly and will keep on working for
Usman Manzoor adds: IIUI has admitted the cut in
packages and issuing a humiliating letter 'of either accepting this cut
or leave the university' in the clarification.
The News had
simply reported that IT professional, engineers, financial experts and
senior business teachers having handsome and career-oriented jobs in
professional organization had left jobs to join IIUI against good
packages and not only these professionals but also the M. Phil and Ph D
scholar joined these IIUI jobs for the same reason. Now, these
professors and lecturers have been working with IIUI for a long time,
more than a decade in some cases, and they are humiliatingly being asked
to quit or accept salary-cut. It is absolutely untrue that professors
of Faculty of Management Sciences and Faculty of Engineering and
Technology who used to deliver lecturers in evening shifts got extra
payments and The News has verified the fact from many professors. In
many other universities too there is no concept of evening shifts.
story contained the demand of IIUI professors that the decision of
salary cut should be withdrawn and that these two faculties, who take
three to four batches a semester, have decided to take only one batch
per semester. As far the fee of the students is concerned, this is true
that salaries could not be fixed in line with the fees of the students
but IIUI should have also commented on the difference in fees that it is
maintaining i.e. the average fee of a student from other faculties is
maximum Rs15000 per semester whereas in the said two faculties the
average fee of a student is Rs70000 per semester. The News stands by its
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Dawah Academy bookfair
Islamabad: The Dawah Academy of the International Islamic University (IIU) will
arrange third 5-day 'Dawah Book Fair' from today (Tuesday). The book
fair will be arranged at its Faisal Masjid campus to provide an
opportunity to knowledge seekers to find books of their own choice on
reasonable prices under one window. ICT Chief Commissioner Tariq
Peerzada would inaugurate the fair whereas Rector IIU Professor Fateh
Muhammad Malik will also attend the ceremony.
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British Council launches second course under GSP
Islamabad: After the success of the first batch of Global Citizenship Course (GCC) 2011,
the British Council has successfully launched the second course in
collaboration with National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
under their Global School Partnerships (GSP) programme.
by UKAid, the GSP programme of the British Council is a powerful,
enjoyable and an exciting way of bringing global issues into the lives
of young people, mainly students, their teachers and families and local
communities. GSP aims to motivate young people's commitment to a fairer
and more sustainable world.
A group of 25 teachers hailing from
all over Pakistan are participating in the GCC. The course has begun
from the 13 February with 2 weeks of a residential programme. It will
provide teachers an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills
required to educate students to live a more informed, purposeful and
active life in a more closely linked yet diverse world. It will present a
foundational, unique and critical look at the core concepts and ideas
related to global citizenship.
The course participants will
consider these ideas through the use of active participatory strategies
to enable them to translate their learning into effective practice by
designing lessons and unit plans for classroom teaching, global
citizenship projects with schools round the world aimed at furthering
intercultural understanding and action.
Nils Tomes, Regional
Education Advisor, The British Council, inaugurated the course. Also
present on the occasion were the Pro-Rector NUST Vice Admiral (r)
Muhammad Mushtaq and Dean and Principal NUST Business School (NBS) Dr
Ashfaq H. Khan. Both Nils and Muhammad Mushtaq reiterated the importance
of GCC in the lives of teachers as education providers.
Bernadette Dean, Principal St. Joseph's College for Girls, Karachi and
former Principal, Kinnaird College, Lahore, has designed and will be
delivering the course too. She said that participants from both the
sessions of GCC would be developing publications that would go towards
further improving the course.
The Pro Rector said that NUST had
collaborated with the British Council in various programmes and that the
institution was happy to volunteer in hosting the GCC.
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PBTE de-affiliates two institutes
Lahore: The Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) terminated affiliation of
two private sector institutes for failure to fulfil necessary conditions
for affiliation. It also issued warning and show-cause notices to four
other such institutes for not satisfactorily complying with various
conditions of their recognition/affiliation with the board. A PBTE
spokesperson here on Monday said the former were Nicon College of
Computer & Management, Rialto Chowk, Rawalpindi and Shahpur College
of Technology, Sargodha while the latter included Lahore's Ahmed Hassan
Polytechnic Institute, Punjab Polytechnic Institute and Institute of
Engineering and Technology and Quaid e Azam College of Engineering and
Technology GT Road, Patoki. The four institutes have been warned to
remove deficiencies or their affiliation would be cancelled.
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Most schools in KP yet to be rebuilt despite availability of funds
Peshawar: Hit by the long wave of militancy and devastating floods, none of the 475 fully
damaged schools in various parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa could be
reconstructed despite the provision of funds to majority of the
institutions by foreign donors.
The reconstruction task was
assigned to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA). It
secured Rs3,079.85 million for 219 destroyed schools and reconstruction
work is now in progress. Due to bureaucratic delays, the ongoing project
could not be completed in the stipulated time, sources said.
could not be initiated on another 224 schools, including 175
flood-affected and 49 militancy-hit institutions, for which an amount of
Rs2,640.71 million has been allocated in the Annual Development
Programme, the sources said.
The Communication and Works
Department, which is the executing authority for the reconstruction, was
supposed to hand over 21 schools to the education department in
December 2011 upon their completion, but due to non-completion the
handover was postponed till March next, the sources said, adding that it
was unclear whether these schools would be completed by the next
deadline or not.
Citing an example of the delays, the sources
claimed that work on some six schools could not be initiated, as the
executive engineer responsible for the project was reportedly demanding
two percent commission from the contractor concerned.
contractors, according to the sources, had already paid two percent for
the said projects after their tenders were floated for the first time
and they were unwilling and unable to pay commission twice for the same
According to the figures obtained from the Education
Department, 640 schools were fully and partially damaged due to
militancy and counter-militancy activities in six districts of Malakand
division alone. These included 273 fully and 367 partially damaged. The news
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