Islami Jamiat e Talaba (IJT) Central Chief Shakeel Ahmed, speaking at a press conference with members of the Jamiat’s Central Council in the federal capital, expressed serious concerns over the amount allocated for HEC in the budget. He said that IJT rejected the amount allocated for higher education in the budget of the new financial year. Ahmed demanded that at least 4% of the federal budget for the next financial year be allocated for education.

Pakistan’s 23 million children are deprived of education facilities, so instead of paying special attention to education, it has been considered unimportant. A regulatory authority should be set up to curb hikes in fees. He said that funds should also be allocated in the budget to meet the shortage of transport and hostels for educational institutions, especially in colleges and universities. He expressed concern over a lack of an adequate budget for research activities. He said that suitable buildings should also be provided for the new campuses of the university. He also demanded the abolition of unjust taxes on education.

He welcomed the revival of the laptop scheme and demanded that special measures be taken for the IT education of the students. ۔ Announcing the formation of the Education Budget Review Committee on the occasion, the Nazim-e-Ala of Islamic Jamiat students said that if the government did not follow the suggestions and recommendations of the committee, students from all over the country would turn to Islamabad.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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