College education funds Annual Development Plan (ADP) 2009-10

College education funds cut likely
Lahore, May 29: The budgetary allocation for higher education in Annual Development Plan (ADP) 2009-10 is likely to be substantially low as the Punjab government has proposed to allocate only Rs 6 billion unlike last year when Rs 9 were allocated for college education.

It was learnt that the school side is, however, likely to receive almost similar budgetary allocation of over or less than Rs 16 billion. An amount of Rs 16.4 billion was allocated for school education in ADP 2008-09.

According to sources, some of the new initiatives of Higher Education Department Punjab for ADP 2009-10 include establishment of 51 new degree colleges in various parts of the province, establishment of cluster centres for examinations in northern and southern parts of the province, teachers training, restoration of Quaid-e-Azam Library, monitoring and evaluation system, provision of missing facilities to colleges and improvement of colleges' infrastructure, etc.

The main features of the School Education Department Punjab for ADP 2009-10 include provision of equipment for launch of vocational training at 1,050 schools of the province, establishment of Danish School System for the destitute and most poor segments of the society, teacher training and centres of excellence etc.

The sources in the higher education department said the department could not utilise around 50 percent of the development budget during 2008 to 2009. An official seeking anonymity said the department did not have the capacity of Rs 9 billion while the Communication & Works (C&W) Department was also overbooked and overloaded owing to which the whole allocation could not be used.

He said some problems had to be faced because of absence of management and implementation unit ever since bifurcation of the Education Department into school and higher education departments. "The Programme Management and Implementation (PMIU) is currently for school side only," he added.

The official said the aim behind establishment of cluster centres in line with cluster centre of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore was to eliminate the menace of Booti Mafia.

According to the sources, the school department had utilised around 60 percent of the ADP 2008-09. A senior official of the department said the budget allocation was yet to be finalised adding it could be around Rs 16 billion for ADP-2009-10.

He said 30 high schools from each district of the province would be provided with equipment to launch vocational training for students. He said students from Class VI to Class X would be provided vocational training besides regular students. "The aim is to equip the youth with employable skills," he said.

The official said budgetary allocation for construction of new building for Directorate of Public Instructions (DPI) Elementary Education had also been proposed. He said the government was likely to increase non-development budget adding the budgetary allocations would be finalized by the first week of June. The News

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