Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Rana Tanvir Hussain said on Monday that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN)-led coalition government had raised the development higher education budget to Rs110 billion from 91 billion in the budget 2022-23.

Higher education budget raised by 20pc: minister

Talking to the media at the inauguration of Picture Exhibition at the National Collage of Arts (NCA), the minister said that previous government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had cut the higher education budget during the past year, adding that PMLN has always given priority to the education sector. To a query, the minister said that the PML-N government had raised the higher education budget to Rs120 billion from mere Rs34-34 billion during its previous tenure between 2013 and 2018. The minister expressed the hope that the premier higher education institutions like the NCA would provide quality education to students and play their role in raising education standards in the country. Rana Tanvir asked the NCA Vice-Chancellor to devise some short-term and long-term plans for the betterment of university, adding that his responsibilities had increased manifold after up-gradation of the college into university. He lauded the VC Prof

Dr Murtaza Jafri’s efforts for embracing modern technologies and producing quality graduates over the years.The federal minister said he had urged the Vice-Chancellors Committee meeting at the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad to focus on quality rather than becoming slaves of commercialism in the higher education. He said that the previous government fell prey to raising numbers of universities instead of maintaining quality in the higher education.The minister said that the government would award more financial benefits to the universities which produce quality results in future.

The education minister said that the Single National Curriculum (SNC) did not mean lowering academic standards, adding that the SNC guidelines may be revised, adding that the SNC would remain in vogue as a benchmark but the institution would be given freedom in the teaching of subjects. He, however, said that the subjects like Islamic Studies would be taught as per the recommendations of the SNC. He dispelled the impression that the SNC was being rolled back, adding that the education could not be chained to keep pace with the world.

No deadlock on cabinet formation: minister Punjab Senior Minister and General Secretary PPP Central Punjab Syed Hassan Murtaza has said that there is no impasse between Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and PPP on formation of the Punjab cabinet. Talking to the media outside the Punjab Assembly here on Monday, he said that former president Asif Ali Zardari would now stay in Lahore and monitor the upcoming by-elections. He said that relief had be given in almost every sector in the budget 2022-23 including health and agriculture. Meanwhile, President Press Gallery Ikhlaq Bajwa met the PPP leader and discussed issues regarding Assembly coverage by reporters. Hassan Murtaza assured the media persons of complete help in resolving issues of the media persons.

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