Education budget allocation | PU VC's wife gets interim relief
Budget allocation for education seems intriguing
Lahore, June 04: The Federal government's intention to increase allocation in
education sector in the coming budget 2009-10 is intriguing. If the government
increases allocation almost double than the last year of 2008-09, which was the
record low of 1.25 per cent of the GDP, it is no increase because the allocation
in the year 1996-97 was 2.62 and even in the year 2007-08 it was 2.49 per cent
of the GDP.
The government imposed almost fifty per cent cut on the
percentage of allocation in education sector in the budget 2008-09 and thus the
allocated amount of 1.25 per cent of the GDP was reduced to almost 0.75 per
cent, the one-third of which also lapsed.
In 1995-96, the allocation was 2
per cent and slightly above during the subsequent years till 1998-99 with a
significant increase in 1996-97. During Gen (r) Musharraf's military regime it
was reduced to 1.7 per cent and slightly above in later years till 2002-03 when
the allocation increased to 2.2 in 2003-04 budget, which continued with little
variation till 2007-08.
The elected government again reduced it to 1.25 per
cent of the GDP. The marginal increase in the past commensurated with the
percentage of inflation while in actual terms there was no significant increase.
This drastic reduction in allocation in the education sector resulted in
deterioration of education particularly higher education which has no source of
funding other than the Higher Education Commission (HEC) already undergoing
The more intriguing is the fact that HEC's funds not only reduced
but also lapsed due to the cumbersome procedures, which created uproar in public
sector universities recently.
Sources said that at least one-third of the allocated funds were lapsed while
the rest half remained unspent.
The cut in HEC grants put the students
studying abroad on HEC scholarships in trouble while the domestic scholarship
schemes were also abolished. It remained no more a fund-giving agency.
Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) in
a recent meeting expressing strong concern over HEC's performance maintained
that HEC administrative functions could be performed well by the universities
and their bodies like senate and syndicate themselves provided these are
composed of representatives of teachers and stake-holders instead of selecting
members from the chancellors and vice-chancellors lobbies.
universities are empowered, the huge funds spent on administrative heads of the
HEC could be diverted to research and academics of higher education.
mainly works to grant funds to respective universities for development purposes.
The universities send budget proposals to the HEC, which is never conceded
in toto. The sanctioned amount is also not released in lump sum and delayed by
The expansion of funds is not sustainable and neither the
projects and due to lack of sustainability, a number of projects are left half
through, thus wasting precious time and energy. In some cases the cost increase
and the finds become short. The Nation
Government to allocate 4% of GDP for education
Islamabad: Federal Minister for Education Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani
Wednesday said that the government would allocate four per cent of Gross
Domestic Product (GDP) for education sector in the upcoming
Investment in education benefits the individual and society and
the government has launched many programmes for the promotion of education
especially in remote areas of Federally Administrated Areas (Fata) and
Balochistan, Bijarani said while talking to a private news channel.
upcoming new education policy, he said the policy would make the education
system progressive and vibrant to meet the challenges of 21st century. The draft
of new education policy has dispatched to four provincial ministers to
incorporate their inputs. To a question, he said the government would not make
any changes in Islamic studies courses in new education policy to be announced
Replying to a question, he said the government had not planned
separate education policy for troubled areas in NWFP. The Minister said that
education plays key role to strengthen the developing economies and education
also promotes economic growth, national productivity, innovation, values of
democracy and social cohesion. To facilitate the displaced people, the
government has started schools at their camps in Mardan and other areas. The News
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VC's wife gets interim relief: LHC restores PU Law College principal
Lahore: A division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC), as an
interim relief, on Wednesday stayed the single bench order of removing Punjab
University Law College Principal Shazia Qureshi from her post.
bench, comprising Justice Maulvi Anwarul Haq and Justice Abdul Sattar Goraya
admitted the inter-court appeal of PU Vice Chancellor Dr Maujhid Kamran and his
wife Shazia Qureshi for regular hearing, and issued a notice to Ammara Khawaja
The single bench had declared Qureshi's appointment illegal while
partially accepting Khawaja's petition. Justice Hafiz Tariq Nasim, on June 1,
had ordered that Qureshi be removed from her post, and held that her appointment
was tainted with nepotism made in violation of law and policy. The bench had
observed that according to the university calendar and the University of the
Punjab Act 1973, the principal could only be appointed by a syndicate on the
recommendation of the VC from amongst the three senior-most professors.
husband and wife, through their counsel, contended that Khawaja had never
directly challenged Qureshi's appointment before the single bench. They
contended that she had only questioned the refusal of her admission to LLM
classes. Therefore, a case of issuance of writ of quo warranto (asking under
what authority she is holding the office) was not made, they
Senior-most: The counsel pleaded that it was an admitted fact that in
the absence of professors and associate professors, the VC's wife was the
senior-most faculty member in the Law College. The counsel submitted that the VC
had duly exercised his powers under Section 15(3) of the University of Punjab
Act 1973, but the single bench overlooked this point.
The counsel said
Qureshi was appointed principal/in-charge of the college much before her
marriage to the VC. The counsel requested that the single bench order be set
aside. Daily Times
PU reviews relief activities
Lahore: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran chaired a
meeting on Wednesday in the Seminar Hall of Centre of Undergraduate Studies in
which PU Medical Relief Camp Swabi Incharge Prof Dr Haris Rasheed briefed the
meeting about the relief activities.
It was unanimously decided that all
the departments would contribute in the relief fund from their self supporting
programmes. On the occasion, different heads of the departments announced
donations to contribute in the relief fund.
Director IBA Prof Dr
Muhammad Ehsan Malik announced Rs three million, Principal College of Pharmacy
Prof Dr Muhammad Jamshaid announced 2.5 million, College of Earth and
Environmental Sciences Principal Prof Dr Iftikhar Baloch announced five lakh,
Geography Department Chairperson announced two lakh 80 thousand, Principal
College of Statistics and Auctorial Sciences Dr Shahid Kamal announced five
lakh, Director ICS announced five lakh 22 thousand and PUCIT Principal announced
3.5 million from the self-support funds of PUCIT and IBIT and 1.5 lakh on behalf
of his family for the welfare of the displaced peoples of affected areas.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran invited
suggestions from the participants about the improvement of facilities at the
camp. He said people had been donating funds generously to the PU relief camps.
He issued order to constitute a committee to ensure transparency in the
utilization of these funds. He also asked the heads of departments to motivate
students to collect funds for the IDPs.
Centre for High Energy Physics
(CHEP) Director Prof Dr Khwaja Haris Rasheed, who is also Incharge of the relief
team, briefed the participants about the relief activities being provided to
Swat affectees at PU medical relief camp established at Shah Mansoor, Swabi. He
told the participants that the medical team was providing treatment to 500
He said the PU medical relief camp was the only camp
where lady doctors were also present. He said the NWFP Health Secretary had
visited the PU relief camp twice and appreciated the relief activities being
provided to the IDPs. A suggestion was made that a team of IER should send to
the affected areas to provide education facilities to the displaced children.
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Students protest against KEMU administration
Lahore: The students of King Edward Medical University, under the banner
of Students Action Committee, observed a token boycott of classes against the
varsity for wasting a precious academic year of 10 students of second
According to a press release here on Wednesday, SAC
chairman Qazi Yasir informed that KEMU's examination department's inefficiency
and failing in papers of Forensic Medicine and Pharmacology, which resulted in
wastage of a precious academic year of 10 students of the second professional
He alleged that the son of former Vice Chancellor of KEMU had
achieved 11 gold medals, while another son appeared and topped a professional
year without taking his send up examination. He further claimed that none of the
professors' sons and daughters had been detained in any paper since the
establishment of the university. He also claimed that during re-checking of
papers, the marks were only increased of the children of influential
personalities, while merit was only for the children of common people.
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University of Health Science announced BSc Physiotherapy results
Lahore: The University of Health Science announced on Wednesday the
results of second and third professional examination of B.Sc Physiotherapy held
in April 2009. Once again B.Sc Physiotherapy students of FMH institute of Allied
Health Science marvellously secured top three positions in both the second and
the third professional examinations.
In the second professional
examination Maryam Ramzan and Ubaid Ullah Akbar shared the top positions with 73
per cent marks. The second position was secured by Sana Hafeez and the third
position went to Wajiha Shaid.
In B.Sc Physiotherapy third professional
examination Arooj Munwar stood first scoring 83 per cent marks while third and
second positions were secured by Halima Shoukat and Fazia Sharif
Speaking on the occasion, Col Wajahat Bokhari, Director
Institute of Allied Health Sciences at the FMH college of Medicine &
Dentistry appreciated the remarkable result achieved by his students.
acknowledged the contribution and dedication of the faculty in imparting quality
education and mounting a platform for the evolution of the Allied Health
Sciences in Punjab. Since its inception at the dawn of new millennium, FMH
College of Medicine and Dentistry, students of have achieved 30 positions and
181 distinctions in the University examination held so far. This reflects
favourably on the competence, dedication and interest of its faculty, its
training facilities and enthusiasm of its students. The News
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