The 51st meeting of the University of Health Sciences (UHS) Board of Governors, held on Tuesday under the chairmanship of former chief justice of Pakistan, Justice (R) Tassadeq Hussain Jillani, approved a surplus budget of Rs 1889 million for the financial year 2022-23.
The board also approved funds of Rs. 10 million, donated to the university, for relief work in flood-affected remote areas of Punjab and Sindh. Moreover, the board was apprised that university officers and faculty would donate their one day’s salary to the flood relief fund.
Those who attended the meeting included UHS Vice-Chancellor Professor Ahsan Waheed Rathore, Professor Anwaar A. Khan, Pro-VC Professor Maroof Aziz Khan, Registrar Dr. Asad Zaheer, and representatives of the Specialized Healthcare and Finance departments of Punjab. PTI MNA Ms Andleeb Abbas participated through a video link.
The board set up a committee for flood relief activities with Professor Maroof Aziz as its convener, which would submit its recommendations within a week. Ms. Andaleeb Abbas and the representative of the Punjab Health department would also be part of the committee. The committee would also make recommendations to deal with the diseases that might spread in the flood-affected areas in coming days after surveying various sites.
Later, UHS Treasurer, Baquee bin Haneef, presented the university’s budget to the board which was unanimously approved. In the budget, Rs 1313.825 million has been earmarked for the city campus and Rs. 575.481 million for the Jinnah campus, Kala Shah Kaku. A 15 pc increase in the salaries of the employees as ad-hoc relief allowance has also been approved.
According to the budget estimates, UHS will spend 10 pc of the total budget on research, and an amount of Rs. 12 million has been allocated for specialized research. The percentage of the city campus development budget has been kept at 17.94 percent while Rs. 20 million has been allocated for student scholarships.
An amount of Rs. 95 million has been earmarked for the purchase of buses and coasters for students and faculty. Funds of Rs. 90 million have been allocated for setting up a diagnostic laboratory at the university. An amount of Rs. 175 million shall be spent on the conduct of around 700 examinations during the current financial year.
In the meeting, the board members directed the administration to hire the services of a horticulture specialist for the landscaping of the Jinnah campus. Moreover, the approval was also accorded to incentivize the staff serving at the Jinnah campus in the form of a daily traveling allowance in the same way as the other universities were doing. In this regard, a committee to be headed by the Pro VC would submit its recommendations to the board in the next meeting. Funds were also approved for the construction of a boundary wall, roads, and the installation of a water filtration plant at the new campus.