Cut in universities' grant hits hard
Cut in university grants scuttles academic activities
|Hyderabad, Nov 21: The Sindh chapter of the Federation of All-Pakistan
Universities Academic Staff Association said on Thursday that massive cuts in
grants had scuttled academic activities, work on development projects and
day-to-day affairs in all the public sector universities of the
The association leaders who met at Sindh University said that
all universities were running on bank loans and demanded that last year's
approved grant for the universities should be restored without
Briefing journalists after the meeting, the association's
secretary Prof Badar Soomro said at the press club that the meeting had deplored
cuts in the universities' grants, which had seriously upset academic, research
and development programs.
He said that the university teachers had not
been given promotions for years and demanded that the issue of promotion should
be solved on the pattern of Punjab and Peshawar universities as this
discrimination against the teachers of Sindh universities was creating
He said that vice-chancellors of the universities should be
selected on the basis of the formula laid down by the Higher Education
Commission, which clearly stated that the VC should be a PhD of a professor
grade, he should be in-service professor of the same university, his age should
be less than 55 years and he should be appointed only for one term of four
He referred to a recently published advertisement for the
appointment of a VC for NED University, which had not even mentioned the age
limit. The teachers had already expressed no-confidence in the so-called "search
committee" for the appointment of VCs because some of the committee members had
got themselves selected as VC for the second term, he said.
He said that
in all the other provinces, VCs were authorised to issue no-objection
certificate to university teachers and employees who had to go abroad for the
performance of Hajj or Umrah or to attend international conferences or
workshops. But the teachers and employees of the Sindh University were being
discriminated against because they had to obtain NoC from the governor. This
practice should be ended, he demanded.
Prof Soomro expressed grave
concern over lawlessness in the educational institutions of the province and
said that clashes between students' groups had claimed many precious lives and
seriously affected standard of education.
He said that incidents of
robbery, theft and mobile-snatching had become order of the day in the
educational institutions of the province.
He appealed to restore law and
order in the educational institutions and deplored victimisation of
He said that ban on appointments in the universities should be
lifted in the larger interest of education and all the retired officers and
bureaucrats appointed on contract basis, including VCs and pro-VCs should be
Cut in grant hits UET hard
Peshawar: The massive cut in the recurring grant of the NWFP University of
Engineering and Technology has resulted in huge financial deficit, making it
difficult for the prime institution of the Frontier province to continue its
academic as well as development activities in a smooth manner.
said that a total of Rs387.572 million were released to the university
against the expenditure of Rs480.07 million during the financial year 2007-08,
causing a deficit of Rs92.498 million.
In order to overcome the deficit,
the university administration submits formal request to the Higher Education
Commission, Islamabad, for grant of additional funds to overcome the deficit
faced by the university, but no such fund could be issued to the university.
The sources said that the main reasons for the huge financial deficit of
the university included the 20.5 percent deduction from the approved allocation
for the year 2007-08 and thus withholding a sum of Rs65.041 million.
Supplementary grant worth Rs59.253 million was also not provided to the
university to meet the impact of salary revision and pension increase in
accordance with the 15 percent raise announced by the government with effect
from July 2007. Similarly, the funds of Rs19.295 million required for operation
of completed development projects were also not released to the university, the
Sensing hurdles in the smooth functioning of the largest
public sector university of engineering sciences of the province, the chancellor
of the university and governor of NWFP also wrote to Adviser to Prime Minister
on Finance Shaukat Tareen, asking him to provide financial assistance to the
university to help it overcome its financial deficit and continue its
development projects like the construction of Jalozai campus and others. But,
the university is yet to be provided with any concrete assistance, the sources
A senior official of the university, when approached, said that the massive cut in the university grant by the federal government has
made serious problems for them to continue their academic, research and uplift
The official said that the HEC reports were the
best examples of the excellent performance of the university. He said that the
university had always executed all the projects and programmes assigned and
approved by the HEC well in stipulated time and in a qualitative way.
said that the HEC had given the task to the university administration to double
the number of students, which they raised from 1,700 to 3,700 before the expiry
of the time period set by the commission. New departments and campuses of the
university were opened in the province on the directives of the HEC, but when it
came to funds and grants, those were shrunk.
The overall cut in grant to
the public sector universities has created enormous problems in their
functioning. The universities of the Frontier province that were already short
of resources were hit very hard. Those sitting in Islamabad consider investment
in education and other sector in the Frontier province as a mere wastage of
resources, said a senior educationist.
He said that the ministers
representing the province in the federal cabinet and other senior officials in
bureaucracy hailing from NWFP should plead the case of getting sufficient funds
for the public sector universities in a vigorously. He added that the
educational institutions in the Frontier province had already been neglected by
the federal government.
It was the HEC that had focused on research and
qualitative activities in all parts of the country. But the elected government
soon after coming into power reduced the grants for the universities bringing
their development activities like establishment of new campuses and departments
to a complete halt, besides seriously affecting their research and academic
If we take the example of NWFP UET alone, it has 108
research scholars doing their PhDs in various disciplines abroad. If these
scholars are not provided with funds in time, they might miss their registration
in new semesters, which would be a great national loss, said another education
analyst. The News
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Karachi University finally decides to correct merit list: MS/PhD admissions
Karachi: The Karachi University (KU) administration finally
issued a notification on Thursday to end a controversy triggered by flaws in the
entry tests for MS/PhD admissions, stating that the revised merit list would be
released on Nov 22 "with corrections incorporated as per rules".
decision was taken at a meeting presided over by KU acting Vice-Chancellor Dr
It was unanimously decided that the previous merit list
displayed on the university's website on Nov 17 be kept in abeyance while a
revised merit list be issued after incorporating corrections.
list will now be based on the names of those candidates who have scored 50 per
cent or above marks in the National Testing Services (NTS) test. The merit
calculation will be made by giving 60 per cent weight to the marks obtained in
the last degree and 40 per cent weight to the NTS score. The new merit list will
be placed on the university's website on Saturday evening.
the notification, provisional admission will be granted against the available
seats as per the requirement provided by the chairpersons/directors of the
The selected candidates will be required
to complete all formalities regarding admission, including submission of fees
and relevant documents, by Dec 15. It may be recalled that there has been a lot
of criticism of the KU administration for involving a private organization, the
NTS, into the admission process of the KU MS/PhD progammes in recent months. Not
only candidates had to pay double fees, Rs500 to the university and Rs600 to the
NTS, but also many ineligible candidates lost their fees due to a lack of
coordination between the two institutions. As many as 300 to 400 ineligible
students turned up on the admission day that witnessed a complete
Later, the administration issued a flawed list on Nov 17
that did not include the names of many candidates who had actually passed the
NTS test. A protest by teachers and the concerned students forced the
administration to withdraw the list and issue a revised one. Dawn
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