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SU approves Rs 1.372bn budget for 2007-08

HYDERABAD, Sept 25: The 31st Senate meeting of the Sindh University approved its annual budget estimated at Rs 1372.331 million with a deficit of Rs 102.513 million for 2007-08 and revised budget of Rs 1068.997 million for the year 2006-07 with surplus amount of Rs 171.947 million on Monday.

The meeting was presided over by provincial Education Minister and Pro-Chancellor of the University Dr Hamida Khuhro. The meeting also passed an actual budget for the year 2005-06 at Rs 1187.869 million with a surplus of Rs 151.598 million.

In light of recommendation of Dr RA Shah, former vice-chancellor and professor emeritus the meeting passed a resolution, appreciating educational services provided by the university to poor students and generating its own resources for financial support and scholarships to meritorious students.

It urged the government to increase university's financial grant to meet the deficit in the current budget. The Senate also recommended giving lifelong title of professor emeritus to senior professors in recognition of their meritorious services.

Sindh University Vice-Chancellor Mazharul Haq Siddiqui, Pro Vice-Chancellor Dr Rafia Ahmed Shaikh, Prof Emeritus Dr RA Shah, Dr Shah Nawaz Arbani, members of the Senate, syndicate, academic council, deans of the faculties, representatives of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and nominated members of the Sindh governor Dr AQ Mughal, Fazlullah Qureshi, Dr Syed Altaf Hussain, Dr Khushnood Siddiqui, academic heads of teaching centres, institutes and departments and senior professors attended the meeting.

Sindh Education Minister Dr Hamida Khuhro said higher education is fundamental to economic growth, which is now identified as knowledge-based society. Vice-Chancellor Mazharul Haq Siddiqui said there are 19,874 students enrolled in various departments of the university. He said due to shortage of qualified teachers only 25 institutes and departments are offering MPhil research programme.

He said teaching faculty comprises 463 members, including 76 professors of BPS-21 and 8 professors and 18 associate professors of BPS-20 and added that in addition to the regular faculty 79 research associates are also working in various institutes and departments.

He said under the faculty development programme the university has sent a batch of 19 teachers for PhD studies to the UK and Australia and added that another batch of 21 teachers has also cleared GRE test.

He said the university has achieved considerable progress on the development side and added, beside extension of 10 existing institutes and departments, four new institutes and departments had been completed while construction work of 12 more buildings is in an advance stage.

Director Finance Faiz Muhammad Hingoro, who presented the budget, said the university would meet the deficit through financial support by the HEC. The Senate meeting has approved Rs 291.190 for teaching departments and Rs 112.733 million for general administration. The meeting approved Rs 34.900 million for purchase of Machesney equipment and chemical glassware and Rs 10 million for purchase of new books for the Allama II Kazi Central Library and seminar libraries of the institutes and departments. The university has allocated Rs 20 million to provide transport facility to students, teachers and employees. The News
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