PU teachers boycott | UoP financial crunch

PU teachers decide on boycott
Lahore, May 23: The Punjab University's Academic Staff Association is meeting on Wednesday (today) to decide the fate of its ongoing academic boycott against Islami Jamiat Talaba's hooliganism.

The PUASA is facing pressure from the Punjab government to resume academic activities at the varsity as early as possible because the same was bringing a bad name to the government. The ASA had earlier announced to meet on May 24 to decide future plan of action.

According to sources privy to developments, the ASA executive body's meeting with Punjab Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah, MPAs Zaeem Qadri, Khawaja Imran Nazeer, CCPO Lahore Aslam Tareen and Secretary Higher Education Punjab Dr Ijaz Munir on Tuesday played a key role in making ASA to reconsider its ongoing boycott.

PUASA President and other members attended the meeting on Tuesday and informed the government's team that the Punjab University faculty members were highly concerned about the environment at the PU campus in the presence of Jamiat activists.

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Study tour
Lahore: The Sharia College of a private university organised a study tour to historical places for students of MA. Lecturers Muhammad Kashif Bhatti and Abdul Rehman Siddique led the students and guided them about the historical places. The news

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UoP faces financial crunch
Peshawar: The University of Peshawar (UoP) is in dire need of at least Rs180 million to meet its recurrent budget requirements including salaries, daily academic expenses and medical bills.

"In such a situation, all the departments and employees must take special generosity measures to contribute to reducing the immense financial crunch being faced by the university," UoP treasurer Iftikhar Hussain Khan told a briefing here on Tuesday.

To meet its recurrent needs for the last quarter of the present financial year, an amount of Rs251 million was required, he said. However, only Rs72 million has been provided till date by Higher Education Commission (HEC) to the university.

Mr Khan said that an estimated Rs2,510 million recurrent budget was prepared for the financial year 2011-12 and an amount of Rs1,753 million was demanded from the HEC. He said that around Rs750 million would be arranged by UoP from its own resources.

He said that HEC agreed to provide only Rs837 million, which was 55 per cent of the total amount.

The official said that it would become difficult for the university to pay salaries to its employees for the months of May and June if such a financial situation prevailed.

"The university is currently facing a budget deficit of Rs405 million. This figure can be curtailed from further aggravation if strict control on expenditures is adopted," he said.

Mr Khan said that they couldn't increase students' fee because of the poor socio economic condition of people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata. The alternate measure for adoption would be rationalisation of resources and a balance between earnings and expenditure, he said.

He said that government increased salaries of university employees but it did not allocate money for the purpose in the annual budget. "The increase in salaries has a financial impact of Rs635 million on UoP for the current fiscal year while the government has pledged to provide
only Rs128 million," the official said.

He said that 35 per cent work on Academic Block "B" of the university was left but funds for the same were not available.

He said that financial crunch was a global phenomenon and their country and its institutions were also affected by it.

He stressed the need for joint corrective and preventive measures to overcome financial crisis faced by the educational institutions of the country. app

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