72 Public sector Varsities suspend education activities

ISLAMABAD: Educational activities in 72 public sector universities of the country remained suspended in protest here on Wednesday owing to cuts in varsities funds by HEC and Government.

According to details, Academic staff and students of 72 government universities across the country boycotted educational activities in the varsities and staged protest demonstrations, where as All Universities representative organization Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association have announced to stage protest demonstration before the parliament house on Sep 25, if the government didn’t released funds of the varsities.

Protesting students in NUML University of the federal capital chanted slogan against Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh and criticized the Government stating that the incumbent government because of its poor policies aimed to destroy education sector of the country.

Various speakers addressing to the protesting students in NUML Varsity demanded of the Government to increase salaries of Universities staff by 50 per cent like other government employees and for provision of medical allowance for the university staff.

Talking to Online HEC Executive Director Sohail Naqvi stated the government sector universities of the country desperately need Rs7billion to overcome their prevailing economic crunch and if the government didn’t issue funds for the universities—these universities could be closed owing to economic problems.

He also informed that during the current fiscal year 2010-11 the government has provided only Rs15 billion and till now—the Government has issued only Rs1.5 billion and HEC has asked for provision of Rs23 billion.

It is worth mentioning that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had already constituted a committee to address financial problems of HEC, however Finance ministry didn’t ensure provision of funds as a result the universities resorted to protests.

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