HEC funds & pubic universities funding
Ministry of Finance promises to release Rs4.61 billion for HEC
Islamabad, Jan 21: The Ministry of Finance has promised to release Rs4.61 billion to the
Higher Education Commission (HEC) in the 3rd quarter of current fiscal
year and now it is expected that public sector universities would be
able to give their employees both 50% and 15% increase in monthly
salaries with effect from January 1, 2012, sources said here on Friday.
both from the Ministry of Finance and HEC confirmed that funds have
been allocated to provide increase in salaries to employees of public
sector universities as announced by the federal government on two
Sources said the increase in salaries put an extra
financial burden worth Rs7 billion so the HEC was not able to release
enough recurring budget to public sector universities to pay for the
previous 50 per cent as well as 15 per cent additional salary increase
announced by the government in the annual budget.
official data, recurring grant approved for transfer to universities for
financial year 2011-12 was 9% (Rs2.46 billion) lower than the amount
approved for the previous financial year, even though there was a 16%
increase in nominal GDP of Pakistan in financial year 2010-11.
has also informed public sector universities about expected provision
of funds saying that employees would be paid increase in the monthly
salaries with effect from January 1 this year.
Sources said that
the HEC faced the same financial crunch last year, which was followed by
a series of protest demonstrations in universities after which the
government announced Rs5.8 billion supplementary grant.
the HEC in its letter to vice chancellors of universities stated: "We do
recognise that additional funding is required to pay for the previous
50% increase in salaries already granted, as well as the 15% additional
salary increase announced by the government, however, no additional
funding appears to be available at this time to the HEC for disbursement
It is pertinent to mention here that governors
of Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in their capacity as
chancellors of public sector universities also informed the prime
minister of their inability to implement the government's decision of
giving a 50 per cent raise in salaries of university teachers until they
were provided with the required funds.
At that time, the HEC
was informed that the Rs5.8 billion supplementary grant provided in
fiscal year 2010-11 was a one time grant and therefore the increase of
recurring grant was calculated on the base grant of Rs23.22 billion.
contacted, HEC Executive Director Dr. Sohail Naqvi told this scribe
that the Ministry of Finance has promised to provide extra funds in the
3rd quarter of the current fiscal year, which means that the HEC would
be able to pay 15% and 50% salary increase to faculty members of public
sector universities. The news
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HEC resumes funding to varsities
Lahore: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has
broken the ice and is asking public sector universities across the
country to forward their development plans for funding, which had been
frozen for a couple of years.
The World Bank, it is
learnt, has entered into an agreement with the Pakistan government and
the Higher Education Commission and agreed to give $300 million over the
next three years.
HEC Executive Director Prof Dr Suhail H Naqvi
said flow of funds with the financial assistance of World Bank would
begin in the last quarter of this financial year. He said HEC was now
asking the universities to finalise their development projects and
forward these for approval.
He said the World Bank would give $300 million in three years -$100 million every year.
Naqvi said HEC had circulated a notification to all public sector
universities for payment of 15 per cent pay raise to all universities'
employees. The 15 per cent raise in university employees' salaries was
announced by the federal government in the beginning of this financial
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University students to have laptops
Rawalpindi: The BA/BSc and MA/MSc students, who have
secured 60 per cent or above marks in their respective examinations,
belonging to Rawalpindi division would be distributed 11,000 laptops by
the Punjab government.
government will initiate Rs4 billion programme to distribute 100,000
laptops among the students of colleges and universities throughout the
Sources said that the provincial government had
asked the district governments across the province to give the lists of
the students who secured at least 60 per cent marks in BA/BSc and MA/MSc
They said that the provincial government had allocated a
quota of 9,716 laptops for Rawalpindi district and total 11,000 laptops
would be distributed in the division including four districts of
Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal and Jhelum.
It may be mentioned here
that the provincial government claimed that it was observing austerity
to save the money for running the day-to-day affairs of the province
without bank borrowings. However, the sources said that with the start
of second quarter of the fiscal year 2011-12, the provincial government
had barrowed over Rs19 billion from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).
sources pointed out that the provincial government's programme would be
launched under the chairmanship of Hamza Shahbaz, the son of Shahbaz
Sharif, who was neither a Punjab Assembly member nor an adviser to the
The provincial government had purchased the
laptops with other necessary items and would distribute red laptops
among girl students and black laptops among the boy students, the
They said that the scheme would be launched in five
phases in February and would be completed within two months. In
Rawalpindi district, they said that total 1,000 laptops would be
distributed among students in the first week of February, 600 in second
week, 3,000 in third week of next month and remaining would be
distributed in March.
They said that the students of medical
college and engineering universities would also get the laptops from
this scheme. They said that the provincial government directed the City
District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) to arrange the functions at every
college and university to distribute the laptops by the PML-N MNA or MPA
of the respective constituencies.
When contacted, PML-N MNA Malik
Abrar said that the provincial government was working to improve the
education system in the province and encouraging the students belonging
to middle class and lower class to get higher education.
not politically-motivated scheme as the government will also provide
computers and laptops to the school students," he said.
suggested Punjab chief minister to announce 25,000 laptops for the
students of other provinces as a goodwill gesture," Malik Abrar said and
added that the provincial government had enough money for the deserving
students and in this regard, it named the scheme Future
Leaders (Mustagbil Kay Quaid).
PML-N MNA Malik Shakeel Awan said that it was a wrong perception that
the provincial government wanted to grab the attention of the students.
He said that the track record of the provincial government was evident
that it had taken a number of steps for the betterment of students in
He said that the provincial government awarded
scholarships to students for higher studies, improved the educational
institutions and started merit-based admissions to the educational
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AEO holds education expo
Islamabad: The Australian Education Office (AEO Pakistan) organised a successful
education expo/seminar at Serena the other day, says a press release.
The official Australian Education Expert and IELTS Test Centre in
Pakistan were present on the occasion.
The expo was the second
event of the series of seminars after conducting the first one in PC,
Lahore. The seminar provided an excellent opportunity to Pakistan
students to study in Australia 2012. In the seminar/expo, the AEO
offered live on spot interviews to the prospective students with
representatives of top Australian universities.
Australia being a
latest hub of quality education abroad provides everything student
dreams of. From scenic beauty wildlife safaris and passion of sports, to
most importantly universities that are ranked among top in the world.
Australian education office Pakistan is the market leader having most
facilitating procedure making study in Australia all too easy and simple
for every student. The next seminars of this series will be held in
Karachi, Faisalabad and Peshawar on 22nd January and in Multan January
on 28. The news
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AJK medical colleges Quota system challenged
Muzafarabad: The AJK High Court here on Friday
admitted for regular hearing a petition filed by five girl students,
challenging the govt's decision to give admissions in the region's two
nascent medical colleges through quota system.
petition was filed on January 13 and after preliminary hearing, Chief
Justice Ghulam Mustafa Mughal constituted a division bench, comprising
besides him, Justice M Tabassum Aftab Alvi to hear and decide the case
While giving his arguments, Raza Ali Khan, counsel for
the petitioners, recalled that the government had initially announced
that all admissions against 150 seats for AJK nationals would be given
on open merit and the same policy was mentioned in the December 25
advertisements seeking applications from the eligible students.
the government had gone back on its announcements in what was a blatant
infringement of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC)
regulations and could risk the recognition of the degrees of both
colleges, he said.
Mr Khan also referred to a Supreme Court of
Pakistan judgment of 2001 whereby the apex court had abolished quota
system and instead directed that all seats in medical colleges, barring a
limited number, should be filled on open merit.
He also pointed
out that while the principle of parity with the Punjab was being
followed in almost every official matter in AJK, the same was being
overlooked in admissions in medical colleges.
admissions against 2889 out of 3205 seats in medical and dental colleges
are made on open merit and only 316 seats are reserved for physically
challenged persons or underdeveloped areas which are less than 10 per
cent, he said.
Due to quota system in nominations for different
medical colleges in Pakistan through the AJK Nomination Board, a
candidate with 63 per cent marks would get admission as against the one
with 82 per cent marks, Mr Khan said.
He further pointed out that
the two medical colleges were constituent part of AJK University
Muzaffarabad and Mirpur University of Science and Technology which had a
policy of filling 75 per cent seats on open merit.
for the government, Raja Hanif Khan, defended the enforcement of quota
system saying it was in vogue in government jobs as well. Abolition of
district-wise quota in admissions would deprive the under-developed
areas of their rights, he said.
During the arguments by the
government's counsel, Fatima Abdullah, one of the petitioners, stood up
in the courtroom and challenged his contentions regarding the merit
list. Mr Hanif said he would file his objections to the petitions on
On this, the bench adjourned the hearing until Monday. Dawn
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