Punjab government education budget 2010
Rs 23.3bn allocated for education
Lahore, June 15: The Punjab government has
allocated Rs 23.3 billion for all sectors of educations, including the school
and higher education departments, special education, literacy and various
Around Rs 14 billion were allocated for the School Education
Department, Rs 6.35 billion for the Higher Education Department, around Rs 500
million have been allocated for special education and around Rs 800 million for
School Education Department: In the new budget,
the provincial government will spend Rs 1.015 billion for eight ongoing schemes
and Rs 13.035 billion on 46 new schemes in schools across Punjab. The government
has also focused on six major projects namely the up-gradation of schools,
training of teachers, provision of computer labs in elementary schools,
provision of missing facilities in schools, provision of science lab' equipment
in 1,000 high-enrolled and higher secondary schools and capacity building of
New schemes: In new schemes, the government has
allocated Rs 1 billion for regular schemes, in which the government will spend
Rs 15 million to restore and renovate the Government Central Model School.
Around Rs 1 million have been allocated to revamp and strengthen school labs
across the province. Similarly, around Rs 4 billion will be spent for 36 schemes
in connection with missing facilities. Around Rs 135 million will be spent for
the provision of missing facilities at 54 schools of Lahore, Rs 105 millions
will be spent for the provision of missing facilities in 42 schools of
Around Rs 4 billion will be spent on the up-gradation on
schools ranging from primary to middle level, while around Rs 2 billion will be
spent for the up-gradation of 200 middle and high schools.
has also allocated Rs 800 million for an accelerated programme for schools,
while Rs 600 million have been allocated for reconstruction of existing schools.
The government has introduced seven new schemes in the higher education
sector. In the first schemes, the government has allocated Rs 180 million for
the establishment of post-graduate blocks to start master classes, while Rs 15
million have been allocated for the allocation of consultancy charges.
Similarly, Rs 25 million have been allocated for the establishment of a library
and resource centre at Murree, while Rs 250 million have been allocated for
college sector reforms. Around Rs 20 million have been allocated for the
up-gradation of science labs at colleges, Rs 305 million have been allocated for
establishing computer labs and Rs 555 million for the block allocation for fast
moving and new schemes.
Ongoing schemes: In the category of ongoing
schemes, the government will spend Rs 15 million for the reconstruction of the
Summer Training Centre Ghora Gali School at Muree, Rs 143 million will be spent
for 4,286 IT labs in high/higher secondary schools in Punjab, Rs 79 million for
promotion of primary education for girls in rural areas, Rs 107 million on
Internal Merit Scholarships, around Rs 323 million for up-gradation and
establishment of labs, Rs 14 million for provision of a building for the Punjab
Higher education: The Punjab government has
allocated around Rs 6.35 billion for higher education and will spend the amount
on 181 schemes.
Ongoing schemes: Around Rs 5 billion will be spent on 174
ongoing schemes. Around Rs 120 million will be spent on Internal Merit
Scholarships for professional colleges in Punjab, Rs 245 million have been
allocated for provision of facilities at colleges, Rs 1 billion for Punjab
Education Sector Reform Programmes, Rs 1.35 billion for the establishment of new
girls' and boy's colleges in different districts of Punjab. The government
allocated Rs 1 billion for provision of missing facilities, while Rs 226 million
have been allocated for the up-gradation of colleges.
development programme: The government has allocated around Rs 800 million for
literacy development programmes, with Rs 450 million being allocated for six
ongoing schemes and Rs 350 million being allocated for one new scheme. Daily times
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Rs 3b allocated for Danish schools
Lahore: The Punjab government has allocated Rs3 billion for Danish School
System in the Annual Development Plan 2010-2011.
The amount allocated for
Danish schools does not reflect in Education Sector for which an amount of Rs
23.3 billion has been earmarked. An official, seeking anonymity, said the Danish
School System was very much related to the education sector, adding that if the
amount allocated in this regard was reflected with educationís ADP, the total
allocation would have crossed Rs 26billion.
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Rs 1.96b fixed for IT sector
Lahore: The Punjab government has allocated Rs 1960 million for the
information technology (IT) sector while only Rs 453 million has been given to
the sector in the past two years against original allocations of over Rs 2800
The IT budget was slashed by Rs 200 million in the fiscal year
2009-2010, the sector eventually got only Rs 219 million against a total of 30
schemes. The sector had launched 14 new schemes in the fiscal year 2010-2011
along with 18 ongoing schemes, none of which have been completed due to the
meagre amount provided.
More than a dozen projects were abandoned by the
sector without completion in the year 2009-2010. For the year 2010-2011, the
sector has been allocated Rs 1960 million against 11 ongoing schemes and 3 new
schemes. The IT sector is divided into sub-departments of Punjab Information
technology Board (PITB), Home Department and Board of Revenue.
of the new schemes for the fiscal year 2010-2011 are actually old schemes of the
IT sector, which the PITB partially or completely abandoned in the past year and
has restarted them dubbing them as new ones.
These projects include
training initiatives for IT awareness and expertise, which was a part of the
2009-2010 budget but was abandoned.
The "Software Technology Parks and
Incubator Centres Feasibility Study and Planning" has a similar story and has
been allotted money in the past two fiscal years as well. Last but not the
least, the much touted e-governance scheme of Punjab Gateway Project too is
another one of the schemes suspended and amended over the past years and now
regenerated this year round as a new scheme. The news
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IJT hooligans thrash PU security guards
Lahore: Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) activists continued their hooliganism on Monday by beating up security guards of
the Punjab University (PU).
The varsity's Student Advisor Iftikhar Ahmed
Chaudhry condemned the manhandling of PU Security Officer Subedar Shaukat Ali
and nine other security guards by the IJT hooligans when the students of BCom-II
were protesting against the PU administration.
He made this condemnation
while negotiating with a seven-member student delegation of BCom-II students,
who had some reservations on the question paper of Advanced Accounting in their
recently held examinations.
The meeting took place at the PU vice
chancellor's office committee room at the PU New Campus. PU Controller
Examinations Dr Zahid Karim Khan, acting Hailey College of Commerce Principal
Ijaz Ahmad, Assistant Professor Muhammad Moazzam Mughal, PU Chief Security
Officer (CSO) Colonel (r) Khalid Hassan, ROs-I and II, Professor Shahid Mahmood
Gul and Malik Muhammad Zaheer were also present in the meeting. During the talks
with the student delegation, the BCom students were assured that their demands
would be considered in the next meeting of the PU Board of Studies for Commerce
on June 17.
The PU CSO informed the meeting that around 12:00 noon, IJT
activists including Tayyab and Zain of the Statistics Department, Ahsan of Law
College, Adnan Khalid of the Geology Department, former Islamic Centre student
Rashid Manzoor, expelled student Atif Gujjar and other expelled students
including 200 students of the Punjab College of Commerce, Superior College and
Science College forcibly opened the gate number two of the varsity and thrashed
the security guards who were performing their duties.
As a result
Security Officer Subedar Shaukat Ali and nine other security guards Shahbaz,
Wajid Hussain, Ramzan Asghar, Amanullah, Muhammad Asif, Talib Hussain, Sarwar
and Zain were seriously injured. Afterwards, the IJT hooligans reached the
Administration Block and broke the glass windows, doors and flower vases of the
After receiving the medical report of the injured guards from
the Jinnah Hospital, an application was filed for the registration of a first
information report (FIR) against the IJT activists at the New Muslim Town Police
Station. Daily times
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