HYDERABAD: Higher Education Commission (HEC) has cut the budget of Sindh Agriculture University (SAU) Tandojam, for financial year 2011-2012.
SAU Vice-Chancellor Dr. A.Q. Mughal has appealed to the HEC authorities for special consideration and allocation of additional funds of Rs 226.665 million for SAU and Rs 28.718 million to SZABAC to meet the recurring expenditure of the University and the College for FY 2011-2012 while paying enhanced salaries and pension as announced by the Government, and creating necessary space for improving the quality of education.
According to a press release issued here on Wednesday, Vice-Chancellor Dr. A.Q. Mughal has written an open letter to the HEC stating that the allocation made this year is unjustified. This is besides the fact that Government of Pakistan has announced the revision of basic pay scales and 15% increase in salaries and pension, which will amount to an additional financial burden, he said.
Dr. Mughal informed that SAU is dependent for the most part on grants from HEC as it has very limited resources of income from fees as this University has no affiliated colleges where from huge amount comes to the general universities. He said that the University expenditures are partly supported by the income generated from research farms.
Referring to its students, Dr Mughal said that they are from very remote areas of Sindh and Balochistan who belong to very poor families of the farming community and can not afford to pay higher fees. A total of 1,110 students are enrolled in postgraduate program including 258 in Ph.D and 852 in M.Sc., he said.
Dr. Mughal said that the present financial position of the University poses a serious limitation on pursuing the vision of HEC unless the required budget is released to SAU.