Punjab University 2009-10 Rs 3.647b budget

PU approves Rs 3.647b budget
Lahore, July 01: The Punjab University (PU) syndicate has approved Rs 3.647billion budget for the financial year 2009-10 with 10 percent increase in the examination and registration fee for private students.

The 1678th meeting of the PU syndicate chaired by vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran was held at the New Campus on Tuesday.

However, no increase in tuition fees of on-campus students has been made this year while Rs 70 million has been fixed for awarding scholarships to students.

Under the scholarship programme, 2.500 needy scholarships, 2,500 merit scholarships, 30 sports scholarships and 100 scholarships will be awarded to each PhD and MPhil students while special scholarships will be awarded to special students.

According to the budget estimates, Rs 50 million has been fixed for research activities under faculty development programme funds for awarding overseas PhD scholarships to teachers has been increased from Rs 40 million to Rs 65 million. Allocation for development works has been increased to Rs 200 million as compared to the last year's Rs 100 million.

An amount of Rs 33 million will be provided for library books, Rs 10 million for improvement of hostel facilities, Rs 100 million for providing medical facilities to students, teachers and employees. The university has also increased pay and pension from 15 to 20 per cent as per the government announcement.

The syndicate also decided that university would explore ways and means to generate more funds from its own resources. It is estimated that the PU, like previous year, would earn Rs 2.2 billion from its own resources; Rs 1.2 billion will be provided by the Higher Education Commission while the rest would be managed through savings and good governance.

Talking to The News the Treasurer confirmed 10 percent increase in examination and registration fee for off-campus students. The News

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Demand for PEC recognition
Faisalabad: Students of the Government College University Faisalabad's bachelor of telecom engineering on Tuesday lifted their voice to demand recognition with the Pakistan Engineering Council.

The university administration, however, says the requirements for the PEC have been completed and a team is expected to visit the institute soon to give a go-ahead to the accreditation.

The students boycotted their classes and blocked traffic at main Imambargah, Narawala, Chiniot and Kutchery Bazaar chowks and demonstrated outside the press club.

The banners and placards they had held were inscribed with slogans highlighting their demand.

The students said the university had set June 30 as deadline for their discipline's accreditation with the PEC but the authorities failed to do so much to their disappointment.

They questioned the varsity administration's claim that they had fulfilled all requirements for the PEC recognition though, they said, the PEC website declared the course week.

They appealed to Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to take suo motu notice of the situation and direct the PEC to recognise the department.

Dr Shahid Mehboob Rana, the vice chancellor, said the varsity had fulfilled the requirements by recruiting a professor, two deputy directors, two assistant professors, nine lecturers and two lab engineers. He said they would join the institution within two to three days.

"The university has also provided nearly 2,500 books to the department and formed a contemporary lab to meet the other PEC requirement," he said. Dawn

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PEF gives right to appeal to schools
Lahore: Chairman Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) Raja Muhammad Anwar has announced that the PEF has given the right of appeals to the schools rejected during phase V of Foundation's Assisted Schools (FAS) Programme. Raja Muhammad Anwar, who is also Chairman Taskforce on Elementary Education, said the appellate committee had been constituted, consisting three members from Board of Governance, and all necessary measures had been taken to keep the applications processing transparent. Moreover, he stressed that every individual application would be processed in an effective and proficient manner. He added that the PEF was about to launch phase VI of FAS programme throughout Punjab after summer vacations.

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Tevta to train 40,000 youths
Lahore: In order to provide trained manpower to the industry locally and internationally and to alleviate poverty, the NAVTEC will pay Rs 480 million to TEVTA to train 40,000 youth. In this regard, Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) signed an MoU with National Vocational and Technical Education Commission (NAVTEC) at TEVTA Secretariat on Tuesday. The MoU was signed by Secretary TEVTA Rafia Nazir and Regional Director NAVTEC Abid Javaid. Chairman TEVTA Mohsin Syed and other officers were also present. The News

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