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Educationists resent cuts in budget, raise voice of protest
Islamabad, June 24: The first budget of the new government has not only irked common people but also teachers, professors and other stakeholders of education as the government has proposed to withdraw major incentives offered to the education sector during the last decade.

While expressing shock over the budgetary proposals regarding education, senior university teachers and academicians expressed fear that the move may encourage a 'brain drain' from the country.

They showed their concern over the government's decision to withdraw 75 per cent tax redemption on salaries of teachers, research and faculty members and condemned the imposition of taxes on students fees, university revenues, savings and lab equipment in the proposed budget.

The government had initially announced to withdraw the tax rebate for teachers altogether but later retracted its decision on Saturday declaring a 40 percent tax redemption on salaries for teachers and researchers. "The education sector incentive must be restored to promote quality education in the country," said well-known educationist and President of the Pakistan Academy of Scientists Dr Atta-ur-Rehman.

He said the development budget for higher education should also be increased from Rs18 billion to Rs40 billion so that the public sector universities could overcome their financial problems.Dr Atta welcomed the government decision to restore 40 per cent tax redemption for teachers and researchers saying that the country needs to encourage people associated with the education sector.

General Secretary All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FUAPUASA) Jamil Ahmad Chitrali said that the association held an emergency meeting on Saturday at the University of Punjab Lahore to discuss the budget proposals.

He strongly condemned the budget proposal regarding education saying that the hidden agenda is to encourage a brain drain. During the meeting President FAPUASA, Dr Ahsan Sharif called upon the media, judiciary and the parliamentarians to support education, terming the budget proposals a silent crime being committed against the nation and its future. "They might need only workers but the nation needs thinkers, scientists and teachers to stay a and resist the anti-education policies," he said.

He said the spirit behind a tax subsidy to teachers and researchers was to attract and retain the best academic brains in our institutions. "As a result of these policies, today more than seven public sector universities are in the top 400 universities of the world, when not even one was in the top 500 before 2002. Education is neither a business nor just another profession. It needs the best of the best people which requires extraordinary measures," he added.

The HEC recently sent thousands of scholars for PhD studies abroad, many of whom after the latest budget proposal by the government are already thinking of immigrating to foreign countries immediately after completion of their bonds. "Whose loss will it be? Only of this nation and the students. There is a great risk that when it is time to reap the fruits of reformed education policies by the HEC, we might ruin this great opportunity because of this short-sighted education budget proposal," he added.

The FAPUASA also observed that the raise in salaries at the rate of 10 percent with delayed announcement was a tactic to curb the demand for a justified raise. It should be re-considered as the former prime minister approved an increase of 20 percent in pay that should be clubbed to this budget make it a 30 percent increase. If the rise in taxes made by the last government is implementable, why can a raise in salaries not be implemented? It is pertinent to mention in this context that in the Saarc countries, the education sector and teachers are specifically exempted from tax payments. "We are sending a letter to all national and provincial assemblies to address these issues before the budget gets passed. If these issues are not addressed and rectified keeping in mind education, students, teachers and the future of this nation then we will be left with no option except to take the harder course," said the declaration issued after the meeting.

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SSUET's Rs897m deficit budget passed
Karachi: A Rs897.07 million budget for fiscal 2013-14 of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) was passed on Sunday.

The University's Board of Governors which met here under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jawaid H Rizvi gave approval to the budget which shows a deficit of Rs35.56 million.

The budget shows an income of Rs861.50 million while the expenditure has been set at Rs897.07 million thus making the budget in deficit by Rs35.56 million. Of the total budgetary estimates Rs13.2 million have been earmarked for research projects while Rs40 million have been set aside for provision of scholarships, Rs26.9 million for purchase of additional lab equipment, Rs20.5 million for construction of new academic block, Rs7.8 million for providing financial help out of profit of endowment fund to students and employees. The University's Endowment Fund has been set at Rs320 million.

The budgetary estimates shows Rs5 million having been allocated for providing financial incentive for Faculty carrying out work on research projects, Rs0.8 million for Ph.D graduate program, Rs5 million for hiring foreign specialists faculty, Rs8.5 million for development of new campus on 200 acres of land.

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SMI University's BS and MS admissions open
Karachi: The admissions for bachelor's and master's programmes in various disciplines are open at Sindh Madressatul Islam (SMI) University, the spokesperson for the institute said on Friday.

The admissions are being offered in four years BS in Computer Science, Media Studies, Environmental Sciences and Education, while two to four years Associate Degree in Education, BBA, MS in Computer Science (two years), Media Studies (one and half year years), Environmental Sciences (two years) and Education (two years) are also being offered, he further said.

Besides, admissions to the MBA for one and half years, two years and two and half years respectively are being offered. Admission forms can be received from SMI University for Rs1200 and can be submitted till July 27. The news

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'Staff shortage not affecting studies' CMC set to start MBBS evening classes
Larkana: Established in April 1973, Chandka Medical College (CMC), Larkana, has been facing a shortage of teaching faculty for long.

Six departments of the college are at present running without professors and no positive response has been received to advertisements for vacancies in the print media mainly because eligible candidates are reluctant to serve in this 'problematic' area.

According to sources privy to the issue, 32 teaching posts ranging from professor to senior registrar have been lying vacant for a long time while two retired professors head the departments of forensic medicine and bio-chemistry on a contract basis. There are 27 sanctioned posts of professors out of which three - meant for the departments of anatomy, bio-chemistry and forensic medicine - are lying vacant.

Similarly, out of 34 sanctioned seats of associate professors, 10 are lying vacant in the departments of anatomy, community medicine, medicine, surgery, gynaecology, anaesthesia, paediatrics, neuro-surgery, dermatology and nephrology.

The sources said that out of the 53 sanctioned posts of assistant professors, 13 were filled while against the 27 sanctioned seats of senior registrar, 21 were appointed or posted.

Another source in the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical University said there were no sanctioned posts of professors in the departments of community medicine, chest diseases, psychiatry, neurology, neuro-medicine and plastic surgery.

When contacted, CMC principal Prof Asadullah Mahar said that there was a shortage of staff in the college but this was not affecting students' studies.

For MBBS studies, the CMC needs to have sufficient basic staff for anatomy, bio-chemistry, physiology, pathology, forensic medicine and community medicine.

Prof Mahar argued that the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) had always been maintaining that the basic staff side should be kept complete and the college met this criterion. "The college is, however, looking forward to overcoming the shortage by inviting applications through the print media advertisements to fill the vacancies," he said.

He said that eligible candidates did respond to the advertisements but appeared not ready to be posted in this problematic area.

The advertisements were repeatedly placed in newspapers but the CMC could not get suitable candidates, said Prof Mahar.

The sources said that while the CMC was still facing a shortage of teaching faculty, the SBBMU administration was adamant about starting MBBS evening classes at the CMC despite strong reservations conveyed to it by the PMDC. Dawn

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KU announces BDS 1st, 2nd and 3rd professional results
Karachi: University of Karachi (KU) has announced the result of BDS first, second and third professional, annual examination 2013, on Friday. As per statistics of BDS First Professional, total 519 students registered, 515 appeared in exam, of which 356 were declared pass - total 69.13 percent students passed the annual examination. As per the statistics of second professional, 316 students registered out of which 315 appeared in exam and 222 were declared successful - total 70.58 percent students passed the annual examination. As per the statistics of third professional, a total 316 pupils registered, 314 appeared in exam and 236 were declared pass - 75.16 percent cleared the examinations. Daily times

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Greenwich's MBA executive admission last date announced
Karachi: The Greenwich University has announced that the last date for admission to its masters in business administration executive programme (fall semester) is July 4. An official of the institution said on Friday that initially 100 admissions would be offered in the programme.

The Greenwich University is an autonomous degree awarding institution recognised by both the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and the Chartered Inspection and Evaluation Committee in top category, the official said. The news

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KU entrance test for PhD Law held
Karachi: The University of Karachi on Sunday conducted the entrance test for PhD Law.

The convener of the postgraduate admissions committee of the university, Prof Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, said that 39 candidates appeared in the test held on the campus.

She said that the teaching and research process of the successful candidates would commence by July 15. app

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