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Budgetary crisis -  VCs of public sector universities of NWFP to approach HEC

Peshawar: Vice chancellors of public sector universities of NWFP on Saturday discussed the issue of severe budgetary crisis faced by the universities and decided to approach the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to resolve the issue of cuts in the budget of universities by the federal government. A meeting of the vice chancellors of public sector universities of the province was held here with Vice Chancellor NWFP University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Engineer Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani in chair.

The meeting was told that the issue would also be brought into the notice of NWFP Governor Owais Ghani, who is also the chancellor of NWFP universities. In his opening remarks, Imtiaz Gilani said the universities had been interacting with HEC but the situation was becoming untenable for higher education institutions and universities in the province. "In the backdrop of the recent slash in higher education budget, there is a shortfall of more than one billion rupees in the recurrent budget, and more than two billion rupees in the development budget.

This shortfall of funds has occurred in the already approved federal government budget for the year 2007-08," he added.

The vice chancellors expressed concerns over the Public Service Development Programme (PSDP) allocations for the year 2009-10 and submitted their demands for 2009-10 budget allocations. Representatives and vice chancellors of University of Peshawar, Frontier Women University, Agricultural University Peshawar, Gomal University DI Khan, Kohat University of Science and Technology, Bannu University of Science and Technology, Hazara University, Malakand University, Chakdara University, Khyber Medical University, and Islamia College University attended the meeting. Daily Times