72 universities to go on strike

Published: September 22, 2010
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The entrance of the University of Karachi, one of the biggest public sector universities of the country. PHOTO: EXPRESS/SAFDAR ABBAS

The entrance of the University of Karachi, one of the biggest public sector universities of the country. PHOTO: EXPRESS/SAFDAR ABBAS

ISLAMABAD: Faculty members of 72 public sector universities have decided to go on strike against the suspension of funds to the Higher Education Commission  of Pakistan (HEC) by the federal government.

Vice Chancellors (VCs) of the universities and representatives of the government on Tuesday were unable to reach a solution with regards to the issue of funding. The maiden meeting was presided over by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission.

During the meeting both sides discussed various options to resolve the dispute over the blocking of development funds and the government’s indecision about bearing the cost of an extra Rs7 billion on account of a 50 per cent raise in employees’ salaries since July 1. Since no decision was reached, faculty members of the universities will go on strike today (Wednesday) in order to protest against the non-payment of salaries,

“The meeting was held in an amicable atmosphere and the statements of locking the universities was the brainchild of political minds,” said Dr Nadeem ul Haq, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission.

The government has cut HEC’s funds in the wake of fiscal constraints. The government has allocated Rs15.8 billion for the HEC for the current year, an amount which is Rs19 billion less than that needed and is under threat of reduction.

So far the government has only released Rs1.4 billion of this amount, all of which is going towards human resources while no money has yet been released for scholarships as a result of which the future of 14,000 PhD students, 5,000 of whom are studying abroad, is at stake.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 22nd, 2010.

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  • Sep 22, 2010 - 12:20PM

    Disturbing the students will end the government.No increase in fee is accepted.

    UET NWFPRecommend

  • Sep 22, 2010 - 12:49PM

    I have few queries to be answered by concerned officials of HEC. Was it made clear to the fededal government that 14000 students are under going PhD program and requirement of
    budget for them ? When 5000 out of 14000 students are receiving education outside country. The closure of 72 universities in public sector is a matter rof great concen for all Pakistanis. I fully realise that financial crunch due to recent flood’s disaster all over the country may not permit due to heavy burden on financial resources of federal government. There is also apprension that fake degree issue may not be a stumbling block in this context. I hope that finance ministry may evolve a strategy to pave a way in coping with fianancial difficulties of 72 public sector universities.
    The financial needs of 5000 schlors demand special attentin over indigenous program schlors. I fully hope that fedeal government may accord special consideration on this national Issue.Recommend

  • Tashfeen Bin Rizwan
    Sep 22, 2010 - 3:18PM

    72 public sector universities get closed due to “blessed democracy”. No where in Muslim history have we ever witnessed a thing like this. It was Khilafah that had the tradition to construct universities and democracy within 63 years reached to a point of closing them. Face the comparison O Muslims, democracy is ultimate loss for your interests while Khilafah was your real shield in the past. Stand up and liberate your interests by supporting Khilafah as only political system over your lands.

    Democracy Khappay?Recommend

  • Zain
    Sep 22, 2010 - 4:21PM

    This truly is a blow for Pakistan, If the students do not unite at this point then there is no hope for us. I am in no favour of any bloodshed, but the government has dealt a great blow to the future of our nation. When the whole world seems to be progressing and ending their problems, ours seem to grow. When the world is coming out of a recession we continue to dwell deeper into the abyss.

    Why is the finance ministry just sitting here and doing nothing? Where have all the foreign reserves dissappeared to? This is not the governments fault, this is the fault of each and every Pakistani out there, who actually voted for these people and I am 100% sure will vote for them again.

    I am in favour of a Khilafat as proposed by one of the commentators, I have respect for the concept but it won’t be applicable here, there are many progressive democractic muslim states like Turkey and Malaysia but others don’t have the Khilafat, they have a royal family in charge.

    Now is the time for the younger generation to start to consider their future, if you stay silent now then all hope is lost for our country. Recommend

  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Sep 22, 2010 - 4:27PM

    No money for universities, but load of cash for night at Plaza’s & Waldorf & trips to UK, US & Dubai…….

    Sons & daughters studying in finest schools & universities in US & UK, while citizens children’s (who by the way are their employers) schools & universities being starved off money.

    All Hail Democracy!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • M M Malik
    Sep 22, 2010 - 4:31PM

    Exposes our priorities as a nation. We have given our young the sword instead of the proverbial pen.Recommend

  • Quaid-e-Awam university of Enginerering, science and technology , Nawabshah , sindh Pakistan.
    Sep 22, 2010 - 4:36PM

    It is very sad , if education have this condition then it is ver y very shameles act of govermentRecommend

  • Shahbaz
    Sep 22, 2010 - 4:55PM

    Say no to Government corruption.

    There must be cut on Bainazir Income support fund and not on the future of Pakistan.

    Government wants to make us beggars and not intellectuals and independent.

    Shame on Government!Recommend

  • Pakistani youth....
    Sep 22, 2010 - 6:09PM

    AoA dear Pakistan…..im extremly disappointed to see what the so called “Democracy” is doing to us, our lives have been quite literally crippled by the cruelty of this government, never ever has been such despair and such misery in our Pakistan……but i think we are near to a revolution now, a bloody well deserved revolution….and i would be very happy to see the same that happened in spanish revolution when the people dragged the whole royal family and made an example of them on the streets and squares….I wish i live to see that day….Inshallah not so far now…..Recommend

  • abu suleman
    Sep 22, 2010 - 11:05PM

    its true that apparently slavery is over, but if you take a closer look,,,,we still are slaves collectively,,, we are being paid and on the name of deposits we return it back to those sharks,,,Recommend

  • Sep 23, 2010 - 8:17AM

    Education is equally important…HEC should be alloted more funds to increase the scholars of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Sep 23, 2010 - 9:55PM

    Count the crises.Recommend

  • Sep 23, 2010 - 10:51PM

    I agree with Tashfeen and ZainRecommend

  • Sep 26, 2010 - 12:36PM

    The financial situation of the 72 public sector universities in country is miserable due to bad governance of the present regime. How we will raise the standard of education in the country when we don’t have the facilities that a real university should have and when we don’t have to pay for the salaries of the faculty. I suggest that Faculty members of 72 public sector universities along with students should come forward to march towards Islamabad and to arrange a sit in before the President house and they should not roll back till this corrupt government comes to its end. All of you have listen one of its Federal Minister’s press conference in Quetta and might have seen the video recorded by media sometime in 2008 in a house of F-10 in Islamabad where this minister has been seen in inexpressible condition. Please come forward to save this country. This is the time to save Pakistan and to send all these ministers along with Prime Minister and President home back. You the faculty members of these of 72 public sector universities and your students are the only force that can save this country now otherwise it will be too late….Recommend

  • Dr.K.M.Rashid
    Sep 26, 2010 - 12:49PM

    Call for Long March till the removal of Present Government
    The financial situation of the 72 public sector universities in country is miserable due to bad governance of the present regime. How we will raise the standard of education in the country when we don’t have the facilities that a real university should have and when we don’t have to pay for the salaries of the faculty. I suggest that Faculty members of 72 public sector universities along with students should come forward to march towards Islamabad and to arrange a sit in before the President house and they should not roll back till this corrupt government comes to its end. All of you have listen one of its Federal Minister’s press conference in Quetta and might have seen the video recorded by media sometime in 2008 in a house of F-10 in Islamabad where this minister has been seen in inexpressible condition. Please come forward to save this country. This is the time to save Pakistan and to send all these ministers along with Prime Minister and President home back. You the faculty members of these of 72 public sector universities and your students are the only force that can save this country now otherwise it will be too late….
    Dr.K.M.Rashid
    [email protected]Recommend

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