QUETTA - The University of Balochistan (UoB) has been running out of funds, rubbing salt into the darkness-hit province. The financial crisis has turned to be so serious that the varsity can’t pay salaries of its staffers.
Sources said the university desperately needed Rs80 million in the head of salaries of staff while the High Education Commission (HEC) had paid Rs30.7 million in this connection due to which it’s in serious difficulty to pay salaries to its employees.
On the other hand, the UoB teachers and employees on Tuesday staged a rally to press for early payment of salaries and regularisation of contractual employees. They were protesting and shouting slogans in favour of their demands.
Addressing the protest participants, Academic Staff Association (ASA) President Kaleemullah Bareech, Prof Nisar Shahwani and others strongly criticized HEC and government of Balochistan, saying both are depriving the employees of salaries under the pretext of financial crisis, while a large number of vacancies are lying vacant in almost all faculties of the varsity. “If these issues are not addressed, the dream of HEC would never come true,” he added. During the demonstration, the teachers alleged that acting VC had deteriorated the university’s examination department by inducting his acquaintances against the rules and regulations.
They said the government should focus those institutions that are functioning already instead of opening new ones. “There are total nine universities and the provincial government has allocated only Rs500 million which is just like a peanut,” they added. In the end, they demanded that immediate steps should be taken to address the financial crunch of UoB and the funds of university should be increased from Rs500 million to at least Rs3 billion.