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December 12, 2019

PU teachers protest cut in higher education budget

National

December 12, 2019

LAHORE: Punjab University Academic Staff Association on Wednesday boycotted classes for an hour and took out a protest rally to protest against 50 per cent cut in the budget of higher education.

A large number of PU teachers led by PUASA president Prof Dr Mumtaz Anwar Ch and Secretary Javed Sami participated in the rally. The teachers were wearing black armbands and holding placards. They were demanding the government allocate budget to higher education as per demand and restore income tax rebate to teachers to 75 per cent. The teachers took out the rally from Al Raazi Hall to Faisal Auditorium.

Addressing the participants, Prof Dr Mumtaz Anwar Ch said that the university teachers rejected model universities act and it must not be implemented. He said that no country could progress without spending money on higher education sector. He said the PTI government had promised during elections that it would give top priority to education. However, he said, instead of increasing the budget, the government reduced the budget of higher education by 50 percent, which is highly condemnable. He said that HEC chairman had failed to present universities’ case before the government.