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UHE syndicate okays 15 academic programs, Rs 620m budget

By Our Staff Reporter

LAHORE: The syndicate of the University of Home Economics (UHE) has approved Rs 620 million budget for FY 2020-2021 as well as the hiring of 73 teaching positions, 15 new academic programs and Punjab Deputation Policy in its 3rd meeting here Friday.

The syndicate meeting was presided over by the Minister for Higher Education Punjab Raja Yassir Humayun held at UHE committee hall. UHE Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Kanwal Ameen, nominees of three secretaries of government departments, Dr Khalid Hameed Sheikh, three female MPAs, nominees of HEC and PHEC were also present while two other members Prof Dr Ruksana Kausar and Ms Shehla Javed Malik joined the meeting via a web link. At least 11 points agenda items were discussed in the meeting.

The meeting unanimously approved scholarships worth Rs2million for the deserving students and hiring of 73 teaching positions. It also decided not to increase the tuition fee of the students.

The meeting also approved 15 new academic programs which were 9-BS Hons including BS Human Nutrition and Dietetics, BS Fashion design, BS Textile Design, BS Human Development and Family Studies, BS Sociology, BS Art and Design, BS Interior Design, BS Hospitality and Tourism Management, and BS Home Economics while five-MS level programs which were included of MS Textiles and Clothing, MS Food and Nutrition, MS Human development and family studies, MS Art and design MS interior design and one PGD in Food and Nutrition.

The meeting also approved Rs 80million for uplifting, maintenance, additions in the present 65-year-old building to maintain and to create spaces for the staff and students and upgrading of various existing labs and library.

For establishing the latest networking of campus and IT infrastructure worth Rs 60 million has been allocated for this purpose to meet the challenges of the current and upcoming digital paradigm and online learning and campus management systems.

The University would spend 1.50m on other equipment and furniture while two new buses would also be purchased which would be added in the existing fleet of buses.

While talking to The Business UHE VC Dr Prof Dr Kanwal Ameen said that the courses on information and digital literacy’ and ‘soft skills and emotional intelligence’ would be offered to all students to develop their skills in these very important areas. She said that UHE has assigned seven MoU with industry for practical training.

While speaking on the occasion, the minister said that UHE was playing an important role in women’s education. He expressed that Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) is proving assistance to the universities for improving their global rating. The minister said that the Punjab Government is taking all possible steps to improve Punjab education standards.

Published in The Business, July 4th, 2020

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