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Immediate bailout package for HEC sought
Peshawar, May 31: In view of the serious financial constraints and lack of faculty in
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's public sector universities, members of the standing
committees of Senate and provincial assembly on higher education and
vice-chancellors of difference varsities Thursday urged the government
to enhance the recurrent budget of higher education from Rs55 billion to
Rs1 trillion as an immediate bailout package.
standing committee members headed by Senator Abul Nabi Bangash, State
Minister for Education Balighur Rehman, Chairman Higher Education
Commission Dr Mukhtar, Federal Secretary Education Muhammad Ahsan Raja
visited the provincial metropolis and participated in a daylong
discourse on the status of higher education at the University of
Peshawar and later the attended the meeting of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Assembly's standing committee on Higher Education.
dialogue at the University of Peshawar, the participants of the meeting
observed that the bailout package, which they recommended, would not
only save the universities from a total collapse, but would also
strengthen the quality of higher education. This would also result in
provision of better facilities to students and researchers, they added.
Senate Standing Committee on Education, Training and Standards in
Higher Education Senator Abdul Nabi Bangash, who chaired the dialogue,
expressed grave concern over the prolonged delay in establishment of
Fata University. He observed that Rs500 million had already been
allocated for the project, but even a site for it could not be
identified so far.
He also expressed concern over the lack
of scholarships for the tribal students studying in different
universities of the province and other parts of the country.He said some
3000 tribal students were studying in the University of Peshawar only,
but the annual scholarship for them issued from the offices of the
political agents was less than Rs500,000.
of nine universities presented an overview and the financial problems
faced by the varsities.Dr Mukhtar said that a sum of Rs55 billion was
allocated for higher education, which was not enough in view of the
financial needs of the institutes of higher education. "Even the
designated sum has not been released to the HEC for the fiscal year
2013-14," he added.
UoP Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad
Rasul Jan talked about the prime minister's fee reimbursement scheme. He
said only 1400 of the total 3000 tribal students of the university
would benefit from the scheme. He added that the scheme was not extended
to self-finance students. The minister of state for Higher Education
assured that the remaining students would also be provided the facility.
it was observed in the meeting of Standing Committee on Higher
Education that the Higher Education Commission's financial constraints
and lack of faculty were hitting universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Dr Mukhtar Ahmad, who attended the meeting, said the
provincial government should allocate more funds for the higher
education. Provincial Minister for Higher Education Mushtaq Ghani said
the KP government, despite facing budget deficit, had decided to
increase allocations for higher education by billions.
Asad Qaiser, who chaired the meeting, also urged the chairman HEC to
pay special attention to the province that had been badly affected by
terrorism.Haripur University Vice Chancellor Nasir Ali Khan said Punjab
got 44 per cent of the scholarship and if federal capital Islamabad's
universities clubbed with it, the percentage went up to 66 per cent.
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PMDC asked to stop registering colleges
Peshawar: A number of students from Khyber Medical College Peshawar have asked the
Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) to stop registering private
medical colleges that lack basic requirements like faculty, hospitals,
laboratories and equipment.
Speaking at news
conference at the Peshawar Press Club on Thursday, president of students
wing of Young Doctors Association and Nazim of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba
(IJT) KMC, Peshawar, Najeebullah said some retired doctors had started
the business of private medical colleges without meeting the basic
requirements and acquired registration for their colleges in collusion
with some elements in the PMDC.
He was flanked by dozens
of medical students from Khyber Medical College, Peshawar. Najeebullah
said the wards of wealthy and resourceful parents got admission in
private colleges at heavy fees without qualifying the entry tests. "As
most of the private medical colleges do not have own hospitals and
laboratories, they get house jobs and specialisation training in
government teaching hospitals," he said. The news
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