Higher education budget & Punjab govt
Higher education budget: Punjab govt seeks enhanced allocation
Lahore, June 03: Despite financial crunch in the higher education sector
at the federal level, the Punjab government seems determined to get
even bigger budget for development as well as non-development schemes
in the higher education department.
The department has
reportedly proposed Rs6.5 billion for the Annual Development Programme
(ADP) for the financial year 2010-11 against the Rs6.1 billion ADP for
the current fiscal. Similarly, it has given an outlay of Rs11 billion
for non-development for the next financial year against Rs8.8 billion
for the current year.Of the proposed ADP allocation, the Punjab Higher
Education Department has reportedly earmarked Rs4.2 billion for the
ongoing schemes and Rs2.3 billion for the new ones.
ongoing schemes include the construction of 56 new colleges across the
province. In order to provide the missing facilities, the higher
education department will be paying Rs100 million to the NLC for the
provision of missing facilities in 138 colleges besides missing
facilities schemes being carried out by the Communication and Works
department in 80 colleges.
One of the major ongoing
development schemes is the construction of academic blocks and other
buildings at the University of Gujrat. This financial year, the
university had received Rs650 million and was expected to get the
second grant of Rs425 million in the next fiscal (2010-11). The varsity
is expected to receive this sum of money for the next two financial
years as well.
The department has allocated Rs400 million for
support to universities, Rs500 million block allocation for colleges
and Rs100 million for scholarships for students studying in
professional education colleges.
As regards new development
schemes, the department has decided to introduce four-year BS (Honours)
programme in 26 colleges in the province at a cost of Rs400 million,
set up computer labs in colleges with a budget of Rs400 million. The
department has also proposed Rs200 million for the provision of
postgraduate classes in all districts.
The department has
reportedly also proposed Rs150 million for faculty development
programme and around Rs30 million to pilot a project of science labs in
This year, the higher education department has
proposed the setting up of a state-of-the-art modern resource centre in
Murree. The centre will have library, labs and research facilities for
scholars. One library has also been proposed in Toba Tek Singh after
the name of former acting advocate-general Raza Farooq.
While, the department will be flourishing in Punjab, the public-sector
universities in Punjab would be craving for funds to complete their
ongoing development schemes as well.
The Higher Education
Commission has informed the respective universities in the country that
the federal government had massively slashed their budget and it would
thinly fund the ongoing development schemes. While the new development
schemes, though approved by all relevant bodies, would not be funded
Academics believe that the suspension of funds in
such an abrupt manner would halt the wheel of development activities in
universities across the country. Dawn
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HEC looking into other options to run projects
Islamabad: After a massive budget cut, Higher Education
Commission (HEC) looking into other options to run its various projects
where the rationalisation of fee structure in universities is the most
The budget approved in National Economic
Council (NEC) meeting held on 28 May is only Rs15.8 billion for the
fiscal year 2010-2011 against Rs18.5 billion proposed and approved by
Annual Plan Coordination Committee (APCC).
HEC demanded 30 per
cent increase in the budget for year 2010-2011, but received a negative
response. The development budget for the fiscal year 2009-2010 was
Rs22.5 billion in which the cabinet cut down Rs4 billion leaving 18.5
billion with the HEC to continue its various projects.
Rs15.8 billion, HEC is left with no option but to find out various ways
for the income generation and to change the feasibility of various big
projects, said HEC Executive Director (ED) Dr Sohail Naqvi.
"What we need to do is to stand on our
feet and look into the possible ways of income generation and
fundraising. The best available option in front of us is to rationalise
the fee structure in universities while protecting the students who are
unable to pay big fee," he said.
He admitted that the budget cut
would definitely have negative impact on the rate of growth but the
current budgetary realities were so severe that they could not do
anything but to go for self-reliance. "We have to generate consulting
opportunities, research grants and philanthropist activities within the
universities so that the universities could produce their own money in
order to start new projects or to complete those which are in
pipeline," he added.
Naqvi, however, lamented that education was
not a priority of the government as it should have been, and said that
spending on education sector means investing for the prosperous
Pakistan. He also referred to 'Iqra Tax' which was once used to be
applied many years ago for the development of education sector.
to the information, HEC is currently spending around Rs10 billion for
the various scholarships programmes and cutting the scholarship budget
would put the future of many students at stake who are currently
studying at various international universities.
to the question regarding the future of scholars, Naqvi said that they
had decided not to cut the scholarship budget for the programmes which
are currently in process but to cut down the budget for developing
infrastructures. "Those who are studying abroad would continue with
their studies however they would definitely revise the upcoming
scholarship schemes," he said while adding that they would also not
compromise in giving charming opportunities to the scholars who would
come back after completing their studies.
He further explained
that they were in reviewing process of each project and after that they
would decide what could be done to survive in the present
circumstances. "What we have decided till now is to change the
feasibility of ongoing and new construction project. i.e the project
which was to be completed in 6 years would now be completed in 10-12
years," he said.
Naqvi said that the mission of HEC is to create
accessible university education for every student. He quoted the recent
figures where there is one in six intermediate students getting
admission in university. "In the recent admission tests in NUST, more
than 30,000 students having 60 per cent marks in FSc appeared against
2,000 seats which means there is no dearth of talent but of
opportunities," he said.
He admitted that HEC didn't focus on
education at college level, which it should have but said that now they
have plans to equally focus on college education as well. "Now we are
in process of developing new model where the universities would play
their role in providing quality education in colleges. Meanwhile we are
also working with provincial government in this regard," he said.
responding to the criticism regarding the PhD scholars who were not
coming back, he said one should not expect unrealistic results.
According to him the success rate in scholarship programme was far
higher than the failure rate. "As many as 70 PhD scholars who were not
even sponsored by HEC applied and 40 joined various universities
through Tenure Track System (TTS), 45 PhD scholars who were partially
sponsored came back and serving while 760 PhD scholars who have
completed under HEC sponsorships are serving in Pakistan," he said
while adding that they were not denying failure but it was not as huge
as the success.
Naqvi said that they had not received any
assurance from government to increase the budget for HEC so far but
they would look to find out some sponsors like United States to sponsor
various programs under HEC. The news
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Workshop for autistic children at GCU
Lahore: The Alumni Society of the Government College University
Clinical Psychology Department on Wednesday organised a training
workshop on the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), a highly
effective method of non-verbal communication with autistic children who
have delays in speech development. Clinical psychologists and
professionals from various parts of Punjab attended the workshop.
Addressing the participants, resource person Sajjad Ahmad said the PECS
used pictures instead of words to help children and had proved to be
very useful in clinics and schools. Ahmad said that a child could be
trained in the by any , caregiver or who had learned the method. In the
early phase of the training, the child chooses a picture of a desired
food, and receives what he has in his mind. The resource person said
that getting food was the for using the picture to . As the child
starts to understand usefulness of , the hope was that he would then
start to use natural speech, Sajjad said. Daily times
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PhD degree awarded
Lahore: The GCU Wednesday produced a PhD in Psychology. The Controller
Examinations notified Iram Fatima as Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
after the approval of her thesis on 'Belief in a just world and
subjective well-being in mothers of normal and down syndrome children'.
completed her research under the supervision of Dr Kausar Sohail. GCU
Vice Chancellor Dr Khalid Aftab congratulated Iram Fatima. The nation
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MFA thesis on display at PUCAD
Lahore: Punjab University College of Art and
Design (PUCAD) Principal Prof Dr Rahat Naveed Masud on Wednesday
inaugurated the final display of master's of fine arts (MFA) thesis
work conducted during the session of 2009-2010.
showcased their work in the domains of painting, design, sculpture,
graphics, textile design and book illustration. Eminent artists and
designers including RM Naeem, Mudassar Manzoor, Jamil Baloch, Shahnawaz
Zaidi and Mohsin Akbar comprised the jury and praised the event as one
of the most comprehensive and progressive thesis displays.
also appreciated the students' work, saying that the Fine Art
Department of the PUCAD had flourished to an extent where it could
proudly be compared to the artistic works of international standards.
The display of thesis would continue till Friday (June 4, 2010). Daily times
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Student dies, passer-by injured in firing
Lahore: A student killed while a passer-by sustained injuries in
a cross firing between two student groups on Ghazi Road near General
Hospital here on Wednesday.
Police said that two student groups of a
local college exchange fire over some issue. As a result, Muhammad
Fayyaz (22), a student of B.com received bullet wounds and died on the
spot while passer-by Tazish received severe injuries and was rushed to
the General Hospital. Further investigating is under way. The nation
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