Rs 5.53b PU budget approved
Lahore, July 04: Punjab University's Syndicate on Thursday approved Rs 5.534 billion budget for the year 2012-13 with a deficit of Rs 1.565 billion.
The syndicate meeting presided over by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran also approved increase in research budget from Rs 75 million to Rs 85 million despite financial constraints. In the interest of students, it has also been decided that tuition and hostel fees will not be increased.
A seed-money of Rs 50 million has been allocated for the establishment of Punjab University Medical and Dental College in the budget for new fiscal year. According to a PU spokesperson, the carry forward deficit is Rs 618.262 million. He also said the university expected a grant of Rs 1.482 billion and tenure track grant of Rs 69.896 million from the Higher Education Commission (HEC). He also said as Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran had announced one reserved seat for students from Balochistan at each department, free education and free boarding facilities would be provided to Baloch students.
Special students will also be provided with free education and boarding facilities while students taking admission on sports basis will be provided with free education. The university will continue to waive tuition fee of Hafiz-e-Quran.
The PU has allocated Rs 75 million for overseas scholarships, Rs 31 million for national and international conferences, Rs 18 million for laptops for teachers and labs, Rs 312 million for lab equipment, furniture and development projects, Rs 151.96 million for scholarships for teachers and students, Rs 40 million for libraries, Rs 2.5 million for co-curricular activities of students and Rs 10 million for hostel facilities.
A number of PU faculty members believe that the varsity has deficit budget because of low revenue generation by the varsity itself. They argue that PU could generate a lot of revenue by selling research which unfortunately was not the case at present. They blame the administration for lack of practical initiatives in this regard. "It is perhaps because of this lack of initiative the administration has rented out its land for marriage halls instead of focusing other aspects of revenue generation such as selling research to industry", commented one of the teachers while reacting to the budget.
Another teacher, who also wished to remain anonymous, said almost 50 percent of seats of professors and over 70 percent of associate professors were vacant at the university, adding that this was indeed a great cause of concern both for teachers and the PU students.
However, the Punjab University's spokesperson said that in order to promote research culture and provide the best academic facilities to the students, the current administration headed by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran made a record number of appointments which had never been done in any past administration's tenure.
He claimed during the four-year period of previous administration from 2004-2007, 347 teachers were recruited while during the first four years tenure of Dr Kamran from 2008-2012, 555 teaching posts were filled which is a record in the history of the university.
Moreover, from January 2012 to June 2012, 23 teachers have been recruited while 93 cases are in process and 66 cases are ready for selection board, the spokesperson added. The news
Job fair at UET
Taxila: University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Taxila will organise its second annual open house and job fair, 2012 here on Wednesday.
According to Director Students' Affairs, Dr Tahir Nadeem Malik students of 2008 entry of various disciplines and faculties would prove their mettle by displaying their projects and innovations. Over 32 different engineering companies would also participate in the event, he added. Dawn
UVAS approves budget with Rs591.9m deficit
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Syndicate on Saturday approved Rs591.9 million development and non-development budget for the financial year 2012-13.
The university will be facing a deficit of Rs66.778 million - primarily because of non-release of fourth quarter grant of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and increase in salaries by federal as well as Punjab governments.
The Syndicate meeting chaired by UVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha said that the university had created a UVAS Endowment Fund, courtesy the Punjab government, which recently released Rs100 million and committed release of Rs400 million during the next two years.
Prof Pasha said the fund would help university have a handsome income on sustainable basis and invest it on research and development, including scholarships to students. He said a committee had been constituted that would soon hold its maiden meeting to operate the endowment fund.
Referring to development projects, Prof Pasha said the HEC had committed a grant of Rs54 million for IT networking of Ravi Campus of the university. He said the Punjab government would continue funding for the construction of girls hostel as an ongoing development scheme. He said the Para Veterinary School in Layyah would be completed next year.
The UVAS VC said a dairy and poultry training project would be continued this year with a Rs100 million grant from the HEC for the training of students as well as potential dairy farmers and supervisors. Stating that this project would be instrumental in providing trained human resource in the growing dairy and poultry sectors in Punjab, he said the project was in session for the last three years and Rs430 million had been invested so far.
The university syndicate approved appointments to 25 posts, including one non-teaching post. The syndicate approved the launch of two degree programmes and two postgraduate diploma programmes. The degree programmes are MBA Banking and Finance and BS (Honours) Food Nutrition and Dietetics. The two diploma programmes are food safety and control and dairy business launched in collaboration with the Lahore University of Management Sciences.
Prof Pasha told syndicate members that the university trained 600 veterinary officers from the Livestock and Dairy Development Department during last six months. He said the university had established two girls hostels on Ravi Campus, Pattoki and acquired 25 acres of land from the Punjab government for the extension of College of Veterinary Sciences, Jhang.
Garrison University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar, University of Agriculture Faisalabad's Prof Dr Laeeq Akbar Lodhi, Justice Manzoor Hussain Sial (retired), Prof Dr Bashir A Sheikh and Prof Dr Sarwar Khan also attended the meeting.
'Literacy at 62pc'
Lahore: Punjab Minister for Education Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman said the Punjab government had spent Rs 19 billion during the last four years to provide missing facilities in 8749 schools of the province whereas Rs five billion would be spent during the next fiscal year for provision of missing facilities in 2000 schools. Talking to participants of the open court at the camp office, Minar-e-Pakistan, Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman said the literacy rate had been raised from 58 percent to 62 percent in four years.
Seven PhDs awarded
Lahore: Punjab University has awarded PhD degrees to seven PhD scholars in different subjects.
Hafiza Rizwana Kausar d/o Muhammad Hussain has been awarded a PhD degree in the subject of Mathematics after the approval of her thesis titled "Some Aspects of Dark Energy and Gravitational Collapse in f (R) Theory". Similarly, Muhammad Akmal Rahim s/o Abdul Rahim has been given a degree in the subject of Botany after the approval of his thesis titled "Socio-Ecological Impact of Agroforestry in Punjab", Sajjad Ahmad Baig s/o Mukhtar Ahmad Baig has been awarded a degree in the subject of Total Quality Management after the approval of his thesis titled "Analysis of the Pesticide Residues and their Impacts on the Quality of Groundwater, Soil and Primary Products", Muhammad Ghazanfar Ali Nasir s/o Muhammad Ali Nasir has been awarded a degree in the subject of Molecular Biology after the approval of his thesis titled "Role of Preconditioning to Improve the Repair Potential of Stem Cells for the Treatment of Damaged Liver", Shamta Sufia d/o Mushtaq A Choudhry has been given a degree in the subject of Community Dentistry after the approval of her thesis titled "Study of the Effect of Maternal Factors on the Oral Health Status of Pre-School Children", Muhammad Tariq s/o Allah Baksh has been awarded a degree in the subject of Punjabi after the approval of his thesis titled "Punjab Bare Mustashreqeen Dee Khoj Da Wichar Dharai Pichhokar" and Shehzad Ahmed s/o Ch Naseer Ahmed has been given a degree in the subject of Education after the approval of her thesis titled "A Comparison of the Perceptions of University Teachers and Administration about Human Resource Management Practices".
PTB golden jubilee
Lahore: Punjab Textbook Board Chairman Shahid Ahmed Bhutta has said that provision of standard textbooks at cheap rates is top priority of the board.
Addressing a gathering at the golden jubilee ceremony here on Monday, he urged the employees to ensure the publication of standard textbooks on time. He said that the PTB was playing a due role in the awareness campaign against dengue virus.
Government College University's Academic Staff Association has expressed concern over the appointment of a retired professor on contract as acting VC.
BISE helper sacked for bribe
Lahore: Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore's Secretary Anwar Farooq has terminated a Naib Qasid (helper) Muhammad Nawaz on the account of corruption.
The said Naib Qasid used to receive bribe from the innocent people in the name of the employment in the BISE Lahore and he was terminated from services when caught allegedly while receiving the bribe red handed. Meanwhile, BISE Lahore Chairman Muhammad Nasrullah Virk has directed all the employees of the BISE Lahore to perform their duties honestly. The news
University teachers demand funds for HEC
Lahore: The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations (FAPUASA), Punjab chapter, staged a rally on Tuesday for the release of Rs4 billion as a last installment to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for onward distribution to universities in the country.
Punjab FAPUASA President Prof Dr Suhail Aftab Qureshi said the federal government should also release Rs6 billion as part of the first quarter installment to universities as announced in the budget for the year 2012-13.
He said the HEC should relax criteria made for appointments of teachers in public universities.
Protesters demanded the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University (SBBU) vice chancellor be removed. They demanded reinstatement of all teachers, who were illegally terminated by the SBBU vice chancellor.
They also demanded removal of Vice-Chancellor Nazir Mughal of the University of Sindh, Jamshoro.
Prof Qureshi announced that the federation would hold protest demonstrations in Hyderabad, Peshawar, Islamabad, Balochistan and Kashmir on July 4, 5, 9 and 10.
"If the peaceful protests do not bear fruitful results, the FAPUASA will plan a future course of action," he added.
The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) has extended date for online registration of regular students of Class-IX for the session 2012-14 from July 3 to July 5, due to a bank holiday on July 2.
The board has directed all public and private sector schools to submit online registration returns of their students within due date.
The Punjab government has appointed Institute of Business Administration Director Prof Dr Muhammad Ehsan Malik as Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences dean for a period of three years. The Punjab University has also notified the appointment. Dawn