HEC asked government to increase budgetary to HEC

However, considering inadequacy of funding for next year, HEC has requested the Prime Minister to consider enhancement in the budgetary allocation to HEC. HEC had requested the federal government to allocate Rs.104.789 billion as recurring grant for 2020-21. Despite resource constraints, the Government has allocated Rs.70.00 billion to HEC, which represents an increase of 9.2 percent in comparison with the current fiscal year. Meanwhile, due to paucity of funds compared with the requirement, a principle decision has been taken by HEC regarding newly established universities. During next year, no new university is being added to recurring grant stream of HEC. Funding for all universities has been increased strictly on the basis of their performance, including number of publications, research grants received, bandwidth utilized, amount spent on conferences and professional travel, and number of PhD faculty and PhD students. A special package of Rs.285 million has been separately allocated for universities of Balochistan and Gilgit Baltistan, over and above their normal allocation for the upcoming financial year 2020-21. Recurring Grant for Higher Education Increased by 9.2 %, Special Package for Universities in Balochistan, GB & FATA.

FATA University has also been prioritised and its allocation has been tripled.

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