Half of Sindh Edu budget goes to colleges

Karachi, June 17, 2008: The Sindh Education Department will get Rs 2.3 billion or roughly 16 percent more than what it received in last year's budget. Out of this, nearly a half or one billion rupees is going into College education. A meager 10 million rupees is for teachers. Special education gets Rs 507 million and Elementary Education Rs 325 million.

District Officers of Education will receive five million rupees to improve public schools in Hyderabad. The Secretary of Education will receive Rs 7,782,000 to improve the Sindh Textbook Board, Jamshoro. Money (Rs 3m) has been set aside for an auditorium for the boy scouts in Karachi, Rs 5 million for an Education Complex in Karachi.

IBA Sukkur will receive Rs 23 million for a hostel block for boys, staff residences and bungalows. Five million rupees has been set aside for new schools at Taiser town, Baldia and Hawkesbay. Education city will get Rs 20 million in Karachi. Daily Times

Your Comments
"sounds inspiring... but where exactly will it be in karachi."
Name: sana
Email: sanaiqbal867@hotmail.com
City, Country: karachi, pakistan

Post your comments

BIEK approves Rs452.5m budget
Karachi: The board of governors of the Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi, on Monday approved a budget of Rs452.5 million for the financial year 2008-09.

According to the budget documents, the BIEK has allocated Rs399 million under the head of its expenditures as against its income of Rs452.5 million for the next financial year, thus indicating a surplus of Rs53.4 million.

Though the size of the BIEK's budget for the forthcoming fiscal has been termed the biggest-ever in its history, no increase has been introduced in any fee pertaining to the examination, enrolment, registration and marks sheets.

Highlighting the salient features of the budget, the BIEK chairman, Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai, said that though the government had announced a 20 per cent increase in the basic pay of government employees, the salaries of the Board's employees had been increased by almost 40 per cent because with the increase in their basic pay, the amount of other allowances and perks would also increase.

He said that a number of allowances for the Board's employees in the next financial year had been substantially increased and as such the conveyance allowance of its grade 1 to 16 employees had been enhanced by Rs300; utility allowance for its grade 1 to 20 employees by Rs300; educational allowance for each category by Rs500; medical allowance by Rs400; diagnostic charges allowed to grade 1 to 15 employees had been increased from one basic pay to 1 basic pay; maternity charges from the existing Rs1,800 to Rs2,500, entertainment allowance by Rs500; special pay for the employees of grade 16 and above had been raised from the existing Rs550 to Rs600, while the number of scholarships awarded to the wards of its employees had also been increased from 10 to 15.

Apart from this, the board in its next year's budget has also increased the rate of emoluments of examiners, paper-setters, invigilators, etc, by 20 per cent.

When asked as to how the board being a self-finance generating institution would be able to meet the additional expenses that it would have to incur in the wake of the enhanced salaries and allowances, Prof Zai said that as soon as he assumed the charge of the BIEK's chairman, he switched over the Board's account from current to savings account and as such interest amount which the BIEK got soared to Rs12.5 million. Dawn

Post your comments

PM fails to order release of HEC funds
Karachi: Despite the intervention of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, the federal finance ministry still did not release the fourth quarterly instalment of development and recurring grant worth Rs 7.4 billion for 2007-08 to the Higher Education Commission (HEC), a well-placed source told The Nation on Monday.

The source said, "If the government did not take higher education sector as its first priority, public universities would start to be closed down because nearly 59 public sector universities are suffering from financial crisis due to refusal of the federal finance ministry to release the HEC fourth quarterly instalment. Conversely, the government did not increase the HEC budget even symbolically and it remained fixed at Rs 18 billion while an amount worth Rs 15.7 billion has been allocated on account of recurring budget. It seems that public universities will suffer from insufficient budget for higher education".

The indifference of the government towards higher education might damage several research and development projects of public universities, funded by the HEC, whose basic responsibility is to facilitate higher learning to serve as engines for socio-economic development of Pakistan, the source added.

He pointed out that Prime Minister had assured the HEC high-ups on 12th May that the said instalment would soon be released but no he seems powerless before invisible but powerful lobbies, bent on depriving the new generation of higher education. He said, "Some powers are hatching conspiracies against the HEC to undermine the higher education sector in the country. Their prime objective is to defame the coalition government and undermine the most emerging sector in the country.

Talking about the initiatives, being funded by the HEC, the source said that the scholarship programme might be stopped under this situation as the scholars studying abroad would suffer a cut in their stipends.
It is worth mentioning that academicians and scholars have already expressed their concern over the allocation of inadequate federal budget for education sector in the new fiscal year 2008-09. They said that insufficient budget for higher education has exposed the priorities of the federal government. The Nation

Post your comments



Post your Feedback about information available on this page.