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Colleges to get 10 percent more funds in 2008-09
« on: June 06, 2008, 11:47:28 AM »
Colleges to get 10 percent more funds in 2008-09

Lahore, June 05, 2008: This year's development budget for colleges across Punjab might be increased by 10 percent, learnt on Wednesday.

An official in the Education Department said that the department's development budget in previous fiscal year was Rs 9.9 billion, which would be increased by 10 percent this year. He said that the former government had focused mainly on the development of schools, as a number of programmes were introduced at the school level, while the Higher Education Commission (HEC) had focused just on universities. He said that educationists believed that the status of college education was poor in Punjab and reforms were needed in the college sector. Addition Directorate of Public Instruction (ADPI) for Colleges Jaleel Tariq, appointed recently, also said colleges were sufferings due to lack of facilities.

New schemes: The official said that a number of new schemes would be introduced for colleges in this year's budget. "Teachers' training, construction and upgrading of laboratories and other development schemes have been included in the development programme," he said. The official said that new disciplines could not be introduced in the fields of medical and engineering due to lack of facilities at colleges. "The budget is being increased to provide required facilities to college laboratories," he added.

Teacher-friendly budget: Muttahida Asataza Mahaz President Prof Shafiq Ahmed said that college teachers were demanding and expecting a teacher-friendly budget. He alleged that college teachers had not been given due facilities in the past. He said that students had also been suffering due to lack of appropriate buildings and furniture at colleges. He said that a number of colleges in Punjab still lacked the facility of clean drinking water.

An official of the Education Department said that the government had separated the college sector from the school sector, and colleges would hopefully be focused on. "Other departments are quite satisfied with their budget proposals, but officials in the college sector are yet to frame an agenda to upgrade colleges," he added. He said that the former government had upgraded the scales of school and university teachers, but college teachers were still fighting for their scales.
 Daily Times