SSUET budget | Adopt-a-school policy
SSUET passes budget for 2014-15
Karachi, July 15: The Board of Governors of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology
(SSUET) passed a surplus budget for the fiscal year 2014-15.
In keeping with its tradition that no
student would give up academic pursuits because of financial
constrains, the university has earmarked Rs40 million for scholarships
and Rs8.5 million for financial aid for deserving and talented students.
budget, that has a surplus amounting to Rs2.1 million, shows an income
of Rs980.91 million and expenditure forecast of Rs978.81 million while
its current expenditure stand at Rs817.92 million.
allocation of Rs38 million was made for introduction of new
technologies, including features in Electrical Engineering department
and development of a new campus and IT Park.
But of the
Rs160.89 million allotted for development, the university will spend
Rs50.6 million on the construction of a new academic block, Rs14.9
million for research projects, Rs6 million for financial incentives for
research faculty and Rs0.8 million for the PhD graduate programme.
will further spend Rs3.5 million on the purchase of new books, research
journals and equipment for the library but has focused on its existing
labs, allocating Rs29.3 million for additional lab equipment.
university's endowment fund for employees, stands at Rs330 million with
a development fund of Rs148 million. Financial aid for students will be
drawn out of the profits from this fund.
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Dr Atta-ur-Rahman joins SSUET board of governors
Karachi: Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman, a leading and internationally renowned scientist of
the country, has joined the board of governors of the Sir Syed
University of Engineering and Technology
disclosed by SSUET Chancellor Engr Muhammad Adil Usman, who welcomed Dr
Atta on his visit to the varsity on Wednesday, and held a discussion
with him over the various challenges being faced by the academic sector.
"Prof Atta has extraordinary knowledge and academic
experience, and we are delighted that he has joined the SSUET Board of
Governors. With his insights and unmatched skills, he will be a great
addition to our team and will contribute immensely to the university's
future growth," said Engr Usman.
Prof Atta-ur-Rahman is a
leading scientist and scholar in the field of organic chemistry from
Pakistan, especially renowned for his research in various areas relating
to natural product chemistry.
He has served as the
federal minister for science and technology, federal minister of
education and chairman of the Higher Education Commission, a position
that also entitled him to the status of a federal minister.
Austrian government also honoured him with its highest civil award in
recognition of his eminent contributions, and he is also the only
scientist from the Muslim world to have been conferred the Unesco
Prof Rahman has also been conferred four
civil awards including the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-e-Imtiaz,
Hilal-e-Imtiaz and Nishan-e-Imtiaz.
With over 947
publications in the field of his expertise, including 135 books largely
published by leading European and American publishers, he is also
credited for reviving higher education and research practices in
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Education watchdog slams misuse of adopt-a-school policy
Karachi: A not-for-profit organisation focused on the state of public education in
the city has strongly condemned the rising instances of handovers of
government schools to private organisations.
past six years, the education department has handed over 250 government
schools to either private NGOs or land mafia elements," Anees-ur-Rehman,
the convener of the Taleem Bachao Action Committee (TBAC), said in a
statement on Monday.
He accused the government, by handing
over public school buildings worth billions of rupees, of actually
causing serious damage to the public treasury.
school is adopted, the new organisation is free to operate it in
whatever way they want. In some cases, they even start charging school
fees. This goes against Article 25-A, the constitutional provision which
guarantees free education for all citizens," he said.
the latest such move, Rehman alleged the Farabi Government School, a
huge school located on Kashmir Road, was being handed over to a
private-sector university. "If every adopted school starts charging
fees, where will the underprivileged children go to study?" he said.
Masood Sheikh, a TBAC member and former headmaster of a government
school located near the Farabi Government School, said, "It is not fair
on the government's part to put up schools for adoption. It is a way of
abdicating responsibility of its voters, who they promise free education
in every election manifesto," he said.
He added that,
while the adopt-a-school policy does not allow schools to charge fees or
terminate teachers, the actual practices were quite different.
to the Sindh Education Foundation, which deals with all school
adoptions, the Farabi Government School is currently teaching over 500
boys and girls, and was one of the first ones to be adopted after the
policy was passed in 1998.
When asked about a possible
change in ownership, the SEF answered in the negative. "The school is
still under the Zafar Sultan Trust, which was its first and only
adopters," said Maria Ijaz, an official at the SEF. The news
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