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Quaid-i-Awam University budget approved

NAWABSHAH, Aug 7: The Senate of Quaid-i-Awam University of Engineering, Science and Technology (QUEST) Nawabshah, met here on Monday and approved the annual budget of Rs545.582 million for the year 2007-08.

Sindh Governor and Chancellor of Sindh universities, Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan, could not attend the budget meeting due to his prior commitments.

Vice Chancellor QUEST, Prof A.A.Junejo presided over the meeting.

The Acting Director Finance and Dean Faculty of Engineering QUEST, Prof A.B. Soomro, presented the budget estimates, which included Rs292.349 million for recurring expenditures while Rs253.233 million were allocated for development.

Schemes in the development budget included: development schemes of phase-II (Rs47.491 million), strengthening of laboratories and library (Rs2.12 million), establishment of endowment fund for IT sector (Rs721,000), computerisation and networking enhancement programme (Rs1.541 million), establishment of centralised laboratories (Rs3.969 million), hostel for visiting faculty (Rs8.194 million), construction of administration block (Rs21.463 million), establishment of department of mathematics and statistics (Rs33.636 million), faculty development and other immediate needs (Rs119.098 million) and extension of educational and allied faculties (Rs15 million).

Non-development budget estimates included: salaries and allowances (Rs185.749 million), promotion of educational research and extension (Rs20.9 million), staff and students facilities (Rs16.8 million), miscellaneous (Rs63.4 million) liabilities (Rs2 million) and special research grant (Rs3.5 million).

The meeting confirmed the minutes of 8th meeting of senate, approved Rs10.687 million for self-financing budget estimates, audited annual statement of accounts and 9th annual report of the university.

The meeting also considered and recommended to the Governor/Chancellor for approval of draft statutes regarding financial assistance, non-practicing allowance, pay scales, conditions of service, eligibility criteria for appointment of faculty members, grant of BPS-22 and conduct of elections of registered graduates to the senate.

The Vice Chancellor of Sindh University, Mazharul Haq Siddiqui; Vice Chancellor Isra University, Dr Asadullah Kazi; Dean faculty of engineering QUEST, Prof A.B.Soomro; Prof Dr Haji Mehmood Memon of Mehran University, Chairman BISE Hyderabad and others attended the meeting. Dawn
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