The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA), a representative body of universities’ faculty, has rejected the current HE budget allocations for higher education.

Observing that the needs that the budget is insufficient to meet the growing needs of 131 public sector universities and 87 sub-campuses, reports The News International.

In a press release, FAPUASA President Dr Sohail Yousaf, Vice-President Dr Naimatullah Laghari and General Secretary Dr Kaleem Bareech said that the universities would continue to suffer during the next financial year because of the budget cut. He was very disturb. They also criticised the leadership of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), saying the HEC had failed to get the budget allocations increased.

“HEC leadership is responsible for solving the real issues being faced by [the] higher education sector of Pakistan. Such deliberative efforts would further deteriorate the performance of higher education institutions, its faculty and employees,” reads the press release.

Meanwhile, The News International also reports that a large number of teachers, officers and employees of different public sector universities staged a protest at Punjab University against the proposed Public Sector Universities Amendment Act saying they would not compromise on HE budget autonomy of the universities.

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