Education budget 2008-09, Rs22b proposals
Education depts finalise Rs 22b budgetary proposals
Lahore, June 06, 2008: Various departments in the education sector have forwarded
budgetary proposals worth Rs 22 billion in the Annual Development Plan (ADP)
2008-09 in the upcoming budget, it was learnt.
sources, a major chunk of proposed allocation - over Rs 20 billion - had been
proposed by the Punjab School Education Department and the Higher Education
Department while rest of the allocation in the budget has been proposed by other
departments, including Punjab Special Education Department and Literacy and
Non-Formal Basic Education Department.
The Punjab government had
allocated Rs 21.480 billion for education sector in the ADP 2007-08, registering
an increase of 72 per cent as compared to the budgetary allocation for
Sources in the Punjab Education Department, which has recently
been bifurcated into the School Education department and the Higher Education
department, have finalized budget proposals.
According to the sources,
the School Education Department has proposed around Rs 10 billion budget adding
almost similar allocations were being proposed by the Higher Education
Department. Regular meetings were being held with the Planning and Development
(PD) Department these days.
Sources in the Special Education Department
said the department had proposed around Rs 1 billion allocations but the PD had
imposed cuts on these proposals. It is also learnt that the Literacy Department
had also proposed around Rs 1 billion budgetary allocation.
officials of departments in the education sector, speaking on condition of
anonymity, said the PD had been imposing cuts on the proposed allocations
forwarded by various departments adding meetings to finalise the budgetary
proposals were being held in this connection almost on a daily basis.
They said various schemes, introduced in the ADP 2007-08 which could not
be initiated during the whole last year would be included in the upcoming annual
The sources revealed that various schemes for the
higher education for the year 2007-08 including internal merit scholarships for
professional colleges in Punjab, establishment of public library at Kamalia,
Toba Tak Singh, college teachers training, establishment of Government Girls'
Degree College Shahdra, Marghazar Colony Lahore, Khanewal, Sialkot and Chakwal
and establishment of Boys Degree Colleges at Gujrat, Multan, Jhang and Shalimar
Town Lahore could not be initiated and these schemes would be included in the
When contacted, Higher Education Department's Deputy
Director (Planning) Iftikhar Hassan Butt said some schemes regarding
establishment of new colleges could not be initiated due to non availability of
land. He said majority of the schemes had been approved and would be started
soon. A scheme regarding college teachers training could not be started in
2007-08 and it would be included in 2008-09 ADP. He said around 85 percent of
the previous budgetary allocation had been used so far.
According to the
sources, a number of schemes from the school side could not be started during
the previous fiscal year and would be included in the upcoming ADP. Prominent
among these schemes are renovation of Government Central Model High School,
Lower Mall and provision of building for the Punjab Examination Commission. They
said both the schemes had been included in the ADP 2008-09.
It is learnt
that a number of these schemes related to the Literacy and Non Formal Basic
Education Department included in the ADP 2007-08 could not be started during the
ongoing fiscal year about to end soon and these schemes had been included in the
It is learnt that the Special Education Department had started
almost all the schemes including nutrition programme for students of special
education, provision of teaching aids to students, establishment of a computer
lab and recourse and guidance center at Lahore, provision of first aid kits to
the institutions of special education in Punjab, establishment of special home
for destitute children at Lahore, implementation of special education
institutions/ centers in Punjab and some other schemes.
The sources said
a scheme regarding establishment of labs for the repair and maintenance of
equipment/ teaching aids at district level in Punjab was dropped by the
secretary of the Special Education Department. When contacted, Secretary Suhail
Masood said the scheme was dropped after thorough deliberations. "It would have
become a liability for ever because of which the scheme was dropped", he added. The News
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PMC expels 23 Ahmedi students for preaching religion
Faisalabad: The Punjab Medical College (PMC) Faisalabad on
Thursday expelled 23 Ahmedi students accused of preaching religion in the
university, following a recommendation by the college's disciplinary committee.
Earlier, PMC students had staged a protest demanding the students' expulsion.
The expelled students include Humaira Sadaf, Mansoora Samar, Mariam Mubarik,
Sana Nisar, and Anas from the first year, Rubina Aslam, Kanwal Rehman, Hina
Munnawar, Shamatul Amber, Kahsif and Haroon from the second year, Nosheen Zafar,
Zubda Nasir, Hibatul Qadeer, Zakaullah, Dawood, Ihsan and Hassan from the third
year, Zeeshan from the fourth year, and Rabia Shafique, Mansoora Ismail, Hibatul
Hameed and Nabila Qudsia from the final year. Daily Times
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Punjab University art students to exhibit theses on 8th
Lahore: Punjab University art and
design students will display their final theses at the College of Arts and
Design on June 8. Art students say the theses will be executed in a more
positive manner than previously because they have also designed the advertising
and communication campaigns for the event.
Fine Arts student Muhammad
Adil will be displaying his thesis on "the silent solicitors of the past". He
claims that a strong design communication strategy can help silent solicitors
shed light on their hidden stories.
Student Umar Aqil will be displaying
his thesis on Iqbal, to stimulate debate in the nation. He has designed posters
containing Iqbal's messages. He said that as an art student, he felt
it was his duty to study the works of Iqbal and help his nation do the same.
This will be the first time such a proposal will be presented at the
Asif Javed has produced a thesis
celebrating 25 years of Ajoka Theater, which is scheduled to be presented
January 2009. He has designed a campaign focused on Ajoka plays based on
society. Gathering inspiration from many of the play's characters, Javed has
incorporated them in his work.
Benish Khan's thesis focuses on kite
flying and the problems it causes such as deaths caused by sharp kite strings.
She emphasises on the festivity of the kite flying season as well.
Ali will be displaying her thesis on Indo-Pak peace to serve as an initiative to
inculcate patience, brotherhood, tolerance and acceptance amongst the
population. The borders between Pakistan and India have a negative connotation
which she says she wants to erase. She focuses on the government for promote
friendly behaviour between the people of both countries.
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