Most pro Higher Education Budget: Shafqat Mehmood

 Most pro Higher Education Budget: Shafqat Mehmood

Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood

Islamabad, 12June: Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood termed the PTI government’s budget for fiscal year 2021-22 “most pro higher education budget ever”.

He said the PTI government has enhanced the Higher Education Commission (HEC)’s budget for development expenditures to Rs37 billion and for non-development expenditures to Rs81bn.

“Development spending enhanced to 37 billion. The maximum spent by [PML-] N in its last year was 18 billion. On the recurring side 66 billion plus special addition of 15 billion making it over 81 billion. Total allocation to HE 118 Billion,” the minister tweeted, thanking Prime Minister Imran Khan for the education budget.

Few Minutes later, Shafqat Mahmood tweeted: “Correction and more good news for higher education. Planning Minister Asad Umar has just told me that development budget has been enhanced by 5.5 billion and is actually 42.5 billion. Thus the total allocation to higher education, development and recurring, is around 124 billion.”

Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin rolled out the budget 2021-22 in the National Assembly the other day.

Read more: HEC to get Rs42.45 billion in budget 2021-22

Remember, Government has allocated Rs42,450 million for the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for the fiscal year 2021-22 under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP).

According to the budget document issued on Friday, Rs29,736 million have been earmarked for ongoing schemes and Rs12,713 million for new schemes.

HEC to get Rs42.45 billion in budget 2021-22. Among the ongoing schemes, an amount of Rs100 million has been allocated for the Centre of Mathematical Science (CMS) at PIEAS Islamabad, Rs225 million for the development of Fatima Jinnah Women University, Campus-II (Phase-2) Chakri Road Rawalpindi, Rs300 million for the establishment of Federal Institute in Hyderabad, Rs100 million for setting up the Main Campus of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology in Islamabad and Rs300 million for the establishment of FATA University.

Furthermore, Rs250 million have been allocated for the establishment of NUST Campus at Quetta, Rs500 million for expansion and upgradation of International Islamic University Islamabad, Rs250 million for the establishment of the University of Baltistan at Skardu, and Rs175 million for the establishment of the University Campus for Women at Bannu.

Likewise, Rs1,750 million have been earmarked for Higher Education Development Programme (HEDP), Rs800 million for Overseas Scholarships for MS/M, and several others.

Among new schemes, Rs375 million have been earmarked for strengthening of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University Peshawar, Rs300 million for strengthening of The Women University Multan (Phase-II), and Rs411 million for upgrading Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan.

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