Money, money, money: Sindh Education Department announces budget for Annual Development Schemes

26 new schemes were introduced, but the focus is on development in college education.

Express September 02, 2011

KARACHI: The information section of the Sindh Education Department released the Annual Development Programme (ADP) for the fiscal year 2011-2012 through a press release issued on Friday.

In a nutshell, there are 26 new schemes and projects for uplifting, strengthening and providing basic educational facilities to local students at the cost of Rs8,323.614 million while Rs1,284.792 million have been allocated to the department for the current year.

The main focus this year will remain on development in the college education sector as the Sindh Education Department is planning to invest Rs990 million from the development budget for new schemes in colleges. There are two schemes for secondary education this year which cost a total of Rs309.091 million while the allocated budget for this year is  Rs22 million. There is one scheme for teachers’ education which has an estimated cost of Rs41.758 million while Rs41.800 is its annual budget.

There are nine other miscellaneous schemes which have been allocated Rs235.992 million per year while their total cost is Rs711.701 million.

Under the directives of the senior education minister, Pir Mazharul Haq, the repair work and restoration of a historical building, Noor Muhammad High School Hyderabad, has also been included in the ADP 2011-12.  Its total cost is estimated to be Rs33.401 million with the provision of Rs2 million during the current year 2011-12. The scheme has been planned for two years and will continue till 2013. The remaining money will be allocated from next year’s budget.

The Government Noor Muhammad High School is among the oldest school building of Hyderabad city. It was established in 1888, and the existing building was constructed in the year 1934. The present strength of students attending the school is 1,734.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 2011.

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