15pc hike in PU registration, exam charges
Lahore, June 20, 2008: The Punjab University's Finance and Planning Committee
has approved the varsity's estimated budget of Rs2.976 billion for 2008-09 that
reflects enhanced examination and registration fees by 15 per cent.
has, however, not increased tuition and admission fees for the on-campus regular
Of the total budget, the university expects to generate Rs1.882
billion (69.508 per cent) from its own resources besides a grant of Rs825.6
million from the Higher Education Commission.
The committee meeting,
chaired by vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran here on Thursday, approved the
Rs268 million deficit budget, having income of Rs2.707 billion.
has estimated that it would spend Rs2.301 billion on recurring expenditure which
will be carried forward. It will be expecting an impact of increase in pay and
allowances to the tune of Rs186.747 million; as many as 20 per cent increase in
pension costing Rs35 million, while the impact of creation/ conversion of posts
during the year will be around Rs28.731 million.
The PU has also made new
recurring (only inevitable) and non-recurring demands to the tune of Rs243.703
million and Rs180.575 million, respectively.In order to bridge the deficit, the
F&P has stated that Rs160 million would be saved from vacant posts, while
the university would approach the HEC to bear at least 50 per cent liability of
increase in pay and pensions that would attract Rs111 million.
university F&P committee has approved 15 per cent increase in examination
and registration fees, it expects to earn Rs965.132 million and Rs352.32 million
under the two heads, respectively, during the next financial year.
also expects to generate Rs92.325 million from Self-Supporting Scheme and Rs88
million from Self-Finance Scheme.
A member of the F&P committee,
however, strongly objected to the creation of 72 low-cadre posts that would cost
the university Rs28.731 million during the next financial year
F&P committee member Dr Mumtaz Anwar said that it was a
matter of great concern that the teacher-VC had created 72 non-teaching posts
while using his emergency powers during his first four months. He also said the
VC had not created even a single teaching post in the university.
he also objected to the vice-chancellor's decision of purchasing three new cars,
including two for protocol duties, at a cost of Rs4.6 million.
to highlights of the budget, the PU has allocated Rs50 million to promote and
encourage research culture in the varsity. The research allocation has been
enhanced by 120 per cent from last year's budget of Rs22.685 million. The
university has also doubled the budget allocation for overseas scholarships from
Rs20 million to Rs40 million.
The university has allocated Rs8 million
for laptops, computers and multimedia which will help enhance the capabilities
of teachers. In order to meet the enhancement in the rate of honorarium to
professors emeritus from Rs5,000 to Rs25,000 a month, the university has
allocated an additional Rs2.16 million.
For the provision of
equipment/computers to departments, an additional Rs11.050 million amount has
The university has also allocated an additional amount of
Rs108.75 million for remunerations, secrecy work and conduct of examinations and
Rs100 million for ongoing additional works.
The PU has increased PhD
scholarships from 60 to 75 besides increasing stipend from Rs4,000 to Rs5,000 a
month. The varsity has also increased MPhil/MS scholarships from 25 to 100 at
the rate of Rs2,500 a month for each student.
The university has
allocated Rs4 million for purchase of books for main library and departmental
libraries. It has allocated Rs12 million for the replacement of four old buses
to facilitate the varsity students and employees, as well as Rs6 million for the
replacement of vehicles for the office of the controller of examinations.PU
Registrar Prof Dr Naeem Khan said the 72 low-cadre posts had been created to
provide support staff to the faculty members and provide services to the varsity
students. He said the posts created for the recruitment of security guards,
janitorial staff and key-punch operators would not cost more than Rs2 million a
Responding to criticism for not creating any teaching post, Prof
Khan said the university, at present, had around 300 vacant teaching posts. It
was holding selection board meetings six days a month. Still, he said, it would
take one-and-a-half year to fill the vacant teaching posts. Dawn