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Senate body opposes cut in HEC recurring grant

Islamabad, June 04, 2008: The Senate Standing Committee on Education on Tuesday opposed any cut in recurring grant of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and advocated allocation of more funds to the education sector.

Presided over by Senator Razina Alam Khan, the committee called for more funds to the education sector to improve the higher education standard that could ultimately pave the way for socio-economic well being of the country.

HEC Chairman Dr Attaur Rehman briefed the committee on midterm review of development and recurring budget of the commission.

The committee was of the view that the mid-term review would be helpful in taking an appraisal of the utilisation of funds on various projects and other necessary developmental initiatives along with removal of various hurdles in release of funds.

Briefing the meeting about the budgetary position of various projects launched by the HEC, Rehman said there was a shortfall of Rs 3 billion on the recurring side. He said this shortfall could impact negatively on the working and performance of the universities.

Responding to his concerns, the committee opposed any cut in recurring grant of HEC and observed that such a cut would ultimately affect the enrollment and faculty development at higher levels.

The committee was of the unanimous view that cut in recurring grant would block efforts of HEC to cater to needs of universities throughout the country. The members said HEC required more funds on both the development and the recurring side to improve the standard of higher education and to produce world-class universities and teachers.

It was noticed that as a result of the positive steps taken by the commission, three universities had been enlisted as best universities and funding of its various projects would help improve faculties of various universities to international stature. Daily Times
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