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Decrement of 14 pc of HEC’s development budget by the government

By Ukasha Mughal

We are being told that there will not be capable of funding for are unapproved projects this year, but the government will look into these projects next year: said an HEC official

LAHORE (October 2, 2018): Former government allocated Rs 35 billion for development schemes in the ongoing fiscal year and also earmarked funds for a number of unapproved development projects. Sources from the commission said the new government has decided to give the HEC Rs 30 billion instead of the approved Rs 35 billion. New government has decided to cut the Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) development budget for the 2018-19 fiscal years by round about 14 personal computers (PC).

The government has assured the commission about no further decrements in the budget for ongoing development projects and non-development expenditure said by source in commission. Government has also determined not to fund more than 40 development projects that were added in the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) as unapproved projects they further added.

The new government has decided to give the HEC Rs 30 billion instead of the approved Rs 35 billion, as informed by the sources of commission whereas the previous government allocated Rs 35 billion for development schemes in the ongoing fiscal year, but also earmarked funds for a number of unapproved development projects.

Minister of Finance, Asad Umar, on Tuesday, said that no cut in development budget for projects of China Pakistan Economic Corridor, Diamer-Bhasha dam and Higher Education Commission was proposed in the supplementary budget. HEC officials spoke to local newspaper about the projects that they could not be taken up in the Central Development Working Party meeting of the Planning Commission. An HEC official said,

We are being told that there will not be able funding for are unapproved projects this year, but the government will look into these projects next year. 

A spokesperson for the HEC could not be reached for comment on Sunday, but sources in the commission confirmed to local newspaper that the government has decided to slash funding for unapproved projects.

Here are some unapproved project in which government are not going to spend HEC development budget “construction of a hostel and sports facilities at the Karakorum International University, the development of academic and research infrastructure for the University of Gwadar, the development of a campus management system with implementation of the financial management system and human resource management system – HEC e-Campus, the development of the main campus of Bacha Khan University in Charsadda and the development of the Rawalpindi Medical University.”

Other unapproved projects include the “development of the University of Sahiwal, the drug addiction preventive program in educational institutions and the establishment of Baba Gurunanak International University in Nankana Sahib, a center for interfaith harmony and cooperation of civilization in Kartarpur, a center of water resource in Balochistan, the Gandhara University in Taxila, the Institute of Sufism and Mysticism and a national center for human nutrition.”

The establishment of national institutes of applied technologies and specialized research centers to support CPEC initiatives, a Pak-China National Research Center on Earth Sciences at Quaid-e-Azam University, a project management unit for the implementation and monitoring of PSDP initiatives at the HEC and the capacity building of planning and development staff at public sector universities and sub-campuses of public sector universities at the district level (phase two) were also unapproved.

(These data are collected from story of DAWN Newspaper written by Kashif Abbasi.)

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