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Govt colleges shortage in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Shortage of govt colleges : Many students quit studies after SSC
Peshawar, July 26: Shortage of public sector colleges in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa annually deprives thousands of students from admission to intermediate classes, it is learnt.

Every year a large number of students fail to join government colleges after passing their Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination as the existing number of seats is not enough to absorb them. Most of them have to abandon further studies altogether as they belong to poor families.

Around 230,397 students passed the SSC examination 2010, according to the result gazettes of the eight boards of intermediate and secondary education in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. However, an official said, the intermediate seats' capacity in 143 government colleges was 120,000 and in government higher secondary schools 20,000.

According to the result gazettes, 41,983 students passed the examination from the Peshawar board, 34,265 from Abbottabad, 29,808 from Swat, 33,044 from Malakand, 35,270 from Mardan, 21,560 from Bannu, 19,274 from Kohat and 15,194 from the Dera Ismail Khan board.

"The students left from admission to government collages and higher secondary schools have two options: either to opt for admission to private colleges or discontinue education after SSC," an educationist said. Students belonging to well-off families join private colleges but those from poor families cannot afford education in private institutions and have to discontinue their studies.

This problem is in particular grave in the capital city which has limited number of colleges and even students who pass the SSC examination in first division fail to get admission to intermediate classes.

Mohammad Ismail, a resident of Peshawar city said that he had applied to most of the colleges because it was difficult to find one's name on the merit list due to less number of colleges and seats. Dawn

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Transfer orders of 400 college teachers issued
Karachi: The Sindh Education Department announced on Saturday the issuance of transfer orders of over 400 teachers of government colleges in the province.

According to a press release issued by the department, the move aims to rationalise the strength of teaching staff and overcome acute shortage of teachers in various colleges throughout the province.

The teachers whose transfer orders have been issued include 176 lecturers (BS-17), 233 assistant-professors (BS-18), and seven associate-professors (BS-19). In colleges of Karachi, transfer orders were issued for 96 lecturers and 46 assistant-professors.

In Karachi, most of the transfers were made in the following colleges: Government Girls College, Metroville; Government Girls College, 7-C Orangi; Govt Girls College Ibrahim Hyderi; Govt Degree Girls College, Block-13 Gulistan-e-Jauhar; Govt Girls College, Korangi-2 1/2, Govt Girls College Baldia Town; Govt Degree Boys College, Quaiabad; Pakistan Ship-owners' Govt College; Govt Degree College, Jhangal Shah; Govt Degree College, Shamspir; Govt Degree Boys College, 5-L New Karachi; Allama Iqbal Govt Girls College.

According to a press release issued by the provincial education department, the above-mentioned colleges of the city have been facing acute shortage of teaching staff, therefore staff has been provided to them from other mainstream colleges in the city including Govt College for Women, Nazimabad; Govt Girls College Zamzama Gizri; Khatoon-e-Pakistan Govt College for Women; Sir Syed Govt Girls College; Govt Degree College, Gulshan-e-Iqbal; Govt College for Women, Korangi-4; SM Govt Arts/Commerce College No-2; Govt College for Men Nazimabad; Adamjee Govt Science College; National Govt College Karachi. From Hyderabad region, 73 assistant-professors and 42 lecturers have been transferred. In Hyderabad, 58 assistant-professors and six lecturers were in excess. In Matiari, four assistant-professors were in excess.

The teachers from Hyderabad region have been transferred to colleges in Thatta, Sujawal, Matli, Badin, Sewhan, KH Shah, Mehar, Dadu and Johi, where teaching staff in proper strength was not available.

The statement said that postings and transfers of college teachers were been made on merit to cater the needs of students so that colleges of each area functioned with appropriate number of staff. The news

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SAU in financial crisis, says VC
Hyderabad: Dr A.Q. Mughal, Vice-Chancellor of the Sindh Agriculture University, has said that the university is facing a financial crisis and urged the Higher Education Commission and the government to release additional funds.

The vice-chancellor said in a statement that the university's current budget of Rs540.934 million was far short of meeting even the annual salary bill of Rs604.385 and utilities and POL charges of Rs67.7 million.

He said that a recent communication of the HEC said that the university's recurring budget for 2010-11 would stand frozen at Rs540.934 million, was almost equal to the funds released in 2009-10.

The university already faced a shortfall of Rs174.782 million on account of payment of 15 and 20 per cent ad hoc relief to employees and 15 and 20 per cent increase in pensions during 2009-10, he said.

In keeping with the requirements, he said, the statutory bodies of the SAU had approved a budget of Rs876.787 million for 2010-11. Besides, the university had to bear the additional cost of Rs177.515 million in 2010-11 because of increase in basic salaries, pension and medical allowance recently announced by the government.

In addition, under HEC's directives, the university was establishing the Directorate of University Advancement and Students Financial Assistance and Directorate of Research which required a further Rs7.851 million, he said.

Put together, the total expenditure would come to Rs1,062.153 million for 2010-11 but the HEC committed only Rs540.934 million. The university expected an internal income of only Rs90 million from fees, university farms and other sources, Dr Mughal said.

He said the university would face a shortfall of Rs430.719 million which would adversely affect all spheres of its activities.

Although the university had been trying to raise revenue but institutions of higher learning were service providers and could not function as business entities.

The recent establishment of an endowment fund at the university would take years to grow to a sizable amount to support its activities, he said.

With the Rs540.934 million budget, it would be difficult to pay salary bill of Rs604.385 and utilities and POL charges of Rs67.7 million, and also to meet the commitment to increase in salary and pension announced by the government.

He urged the HEC and the government to sanction additional funds to pull the university out of its financial crisis.

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Former VC accused of financial irregularities
Nawabshah: A former vice-chancellor of the Quaid-i-Awam University of Engineering, Science and Technology has been accused of 'fleecing' the university of Rs2 million during his short tenure and of continuing to occupy the guest-house of the institution.

The former vice-chancellor moved into the guest-house of the university and made it his official residence soon after taking charge and also kept a bungalow allotted to him earlier when he was a professor.

He was entitled to Rs70,000 as house rent and Rs15,000 as utilities allowance but he did not pay anything from his salary till the end of his tenure.

The total of house rent for the period of 23 months comes to Rs1.61 million and utility allowance Rs340,000.

Sources in the university said that the Accountant General Pakistan Revenues (AGPR) had raised serious objections to non-deduction of house rent and other allowances from the former VC's salary but the finance department of the university managed to hush up the matter by removing the relevant paragraphs from the audit report.

With the guest-house remaining occupied, the university is spending huge amounts on providing alternate accommodation to guests from other universities, members of visiting teams from Governor's House and Higher Education Commission.

The sources said that the officials concerned planned to bring the embezzlement to the notice of the syndicate.

Purchase of inferior quality furniture and fixtures for the new administration block costing Rs7.5 million would also be taken up by the syndicate, the sources said.

The former VC, when contacted by this correspondent, denied the allegations and said that he was being victimised.

About the occupation of the guest-house, he said that former vice-chancellors had also lived in the guest-house and he had to live there because there was no accommodation at the university. Dawn

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