KARACHI: Underscoring the importance of education as a top priority for the Sindh government, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said he was committed and very serious towards improving school education in the Sind.
Presenting Sindh’s education budget for the financial year 2022-23 on Tuesday, the chief minister said his aim was to improve access to equitable, inclusive and quality education for all.
The education sector will receive a total allocation of Rs 326.86 billion in the next financial year.
The non-development budget has been increased from Rs268.41 billion in 2021-22 to Rs292.639 billion for the next financial year while Rs34.22 billion has been allocated to the development budget of the Department of School Education for the next financial year 2022-23.
Seven districts to get a university, sub-campuses
While mentioning some major achievements in the current fiscal year, he mentioned some major projects proposed for the next fiscal year. These include construction, renovation of school buildings, construction of laboratories, modernization, scholarship programs, etc.
Allocation for college education is also increased in the non-development budget from Rs22.860 billion for 2021-22 to Rs26.768 billion in the next fiscal year 2022-23.
The Department of College Education has launched various development programs for the establishment of 16 new university colleges in Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Sukkur, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Sanghar, Umerkot as well as three districts of Karachi – Korangi, Malir and District West.
In addition, six new cadet colleges are being established in Tharparkar, Dadu, Larkana, Khairpur, Kashmore and Badin districts.
The Department of College Education has created digital libraries at 48 colleges and will create 10 more in the next fiscal year. A centralized biometric attendance system has been put in place (CBAS) for teaching and non-teaching staff and it is checked daily by the IT unit.
A new Sindh Electronic Centralized College Admission (SECCP) New Electronic Centralized College Admission Program has been introduced to all 335 colleges in the province.
Previously, this program was only operational in the Karachi region.
Free transport facilities have been set up in various girls’ colleges in rural areas of Sindh. To promote literary activities among the youth of Sindhi and to promote Sindhi language and Sindhi writers, Rs 120 million has been allocated to Sindhi Adabi Board, Jamshoro for the financial year 2022-23.
Universities and commissions
In an effort to promote higher education in disadvantaged sections of the province, the government of Sindh has adopted a policy to establish either a full-fledged university or a campus of a recognized public university in at least seven districts. Therefore, there must be one in Korangi, Karachi West, Keamari, Malir, Tando M. Khan, Tando Allah Yar and Sujawal.
Korangi will have a University of Technology and Skills, Professional/Industrial Development, while Karachi West and Keamari will have sub-campuses of this university. Malir will have a sub-campus of NED University of Engineering and Technology.
Similarly, Tando Mohammad Khan and Tando Allah Yar will be given sub-campuses of IBA Karachi or Sukkur IBA and Sujawal will be given a sub-campus of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology.
The allocation for the Universities and Councils department has also been increased in the non-development budget from Rs 13.314 billion in 2021-22 to Rs 18.704 billion in the next financial year 2022-23.
The grant to universities has increased from Rs 9.4 billion in the financial year 2021-2022 to Rs 14.3 billion for the next financial year.
Posted in Dawn, June 15, 2022