Budget, historical for higher education: Dr Atta
Karachi, June 11(The Nation): Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Saturday
termed the federal budget 2007-08 as historical, as the government allocated
over all Rs 33.7b for higher education.
said the money allocated for the higher education is unprecedented in 60-year
history of Pakistan. He added that there has been more than 2000 percent
increase in higher education budget in the country since the inception of Higher
Education Commission in the country.
He said foreign experts are highlighting
the country's progress in higher education sector, terming it as silent
revolution. He said that about Rs 18 billion had been allocated for higher level
and Rs 15.7 billion was earmarked for lower level that would help running the
development projects of the public universities.
"When the HEC was
established the higher education budget was about Rs 800 million, now the
current budget of higher education in the country is Rs 18 billion which shows
more than 2000 percent increase in the said budget. The foreign experts are
considering the progress in the higher education as silent revolution in the
country," he maintained.
Giving the reference of The Economist's April 7
issue, Dr Atta said that the progress in higher education sector under the
regime of President Pervez Musharraf had been praised at international level,
while it was considering as the role model for development in any
"There is a dire need for sustaining the progress pace in higher
education sector in the country to establish more new universities and
strengthen existing public universities. Our public universities need more
resources and funds as well because there are still considerable feebleness in
their existing system," he observed.
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