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College education funds Annual Development Plan (ADP) 2009-10

College education funds cut likely Lahore, May 29: The budgetary allocation for higher education in Annual Development Plan (ADP) 2009-10 is likely to be substantially low as the Punjab government has proposed to allocate only Rs 6 billion unlike last year when Rs 9 were allocated for college education. It was learnt that the school side is, however, likely to receive almost similar budgetary allocation of over or less than Rs 16 billion. An amount of Rs 16.4 billion was allocated for school education in ADP 2008-09. According to sources, some of the new initiatives of Higher Education Department Punjab for ADP 2009-10 include establishment of 51 new degree colleges in various parts of the province, establishment of cluster centres for examinations in northern and southern parts of the province, teachers training, restoration of Quaid-e-Azam Library, monitoring and evaluation system, provision of missing facilities to colleges and improvement of colleges' infrastructure, etc. The main features of the School Education Department Punjab for ADP 2009-10 include provision of equipment for launch of vocational training at 1,050 schools of the province, establishment of Danish School System for the destitute and most poor segments of the society, teacher training and centres of excellence etc. The sources in the higher education department said the department could not utilise around 50 percent of the development budget during 2008 to 2009. An official seeking anonymity said the department did not have the capacity of Rs 9 billion while the Communication & Works (C&W) Department was also overbooked and overloaded owing to which the whole allocation could not be used. He said some problems had to be faced because of absence of management and implementation unit ever since bifurcation of the Education Department into school and higher education departments. "The Programme Management and Implementation (PMIU) is currently for school side only," he added. The official said the aim behind establishment of cluster centres in line with cluster centre of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore was to eliminate the menace of Booti Mafia. According to the sources, the school department had utilised around 60 percent of the ADP 2008-09. A senior official of the department said the budget allocation was yet to be finalised adding it could be around Rs 16 billion for ADP-2009-10. He said 30 high schools from each district of the province would be provided with equipment to launch vocational training for students. He said students from Class VI to Class X would be provided vocational training besides regular students. "The aim is to equip the youth with employable skills," he said. The official said budgetary allocation for construction of new building for Directorate of Public Instructions (DPI) Elementary Education had also been proposed. He said the government was likely to increase non-development budget adding the budgetary allocations would be finalized by the first week of June. The News

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The Institute offers four year comprehensive undergraduate degree programs and two year graduate degree progra namely: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science BS (CS), Bachelor of Science in Information Technology BS (IT), Ba of Computer Engineering (BCE), Master of Computer Science (MCS), Master of Information Technology (MIT), and Ma Mass Communication (MMC). In addition to the above mentioned degree programs, the Institute has also started off an advanced Master degree program in Computer Science which is the first step towards PhD program to be launch soon. This new Master degree program is called Master of Science in Computer Science MS (CS), and has MCS or BS (CS) h perquisites. BS (CS), BS (IT) (previously known as BCS (Hons) and BIT (Hons) respectively) and BCE follow the four y curriculum proposed in University Grants Commission curriculum development meeting held in May 1998, and subsequently revised in UGC's National Curriculum Revision Committee for IT in April 2001. These undergraduate de programs are the flagship programs of BIIT, where a major emphasis is placed on the standards and quality. Only th students having a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 are allowed to graduate from these programs. The MCS and MIT programs are two year courses with four taught semesters. The total credit hours of the degree pr are 72 credit hours. Its worth mentioning that MCS is designed to be a Conversion Course for students with no or litt background in Computer Science, leading them to a degree of Masters of Computer Science. MIT degree program o other hand concentrates on a blend of Information Technology, Management Science, and Computer Science course developing IT managers and professionals.

The Institute offers four year comprehensive undergraduate degree programs and two year graduate degree programs, namely: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science BS (CS), Bachelor of Science in Information Technology BS (IT), Bachelor of Computer Engineering (BCE), Master of Computer Science (MCS), Master of Information Technology (MIT), and Master of Mass Communication (MMC). In addition to the above mentioned degree programs, the Institute has also started offering an advanced Master degree program in Computer Science which is the first step towards PhD program to be launched very soon. This new Master degree program is called Master of Science in Computer Science MS (CS), and has MCS or BS (CS) has perquisites. BS (CS), BS (IT) (previously known as BCS (Hons) and BIT (Hons) respectively) and BCE follow the four year curriculum proposed in University Grants Commission curriculum development meeting held in May 1998, and subsequently revised in UGC's National Curriculum Revision Committee for IT in April 2001. These undergraduate degree programs are the flagship programs of BIIT, where a major emphasis is placed on the standards and quality. Only the students having a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 are allowed to graduate from these programs.

The MCS and MIT programs are two year courses with four taught semesters. The total credit hours of the degree programs are 72 credit hours. Its worth mentioning that MCS is designed to be a Conversion Course for students with no or little background in Computer Science, leading them to a degree of Masters of Computer Science. MIT degree program on the other hand concentrates on a blend of Information Technology, Management Science, and Computer Science courses, developing IT managers and professionals. Currently BIIT has state of the art computer laboratory facilities. On the whole there are 11 computer labs, one Sun Spare server, three Windows NT servers, one Internet Proxy server, and one Oracle server. There are eight student labs and one executive student lab, each comprising of twenty-five Pentium III machines. In addition to the student labs there is one Sun Spares lab and two labs for faculty. All the labs are networked through fast Ethernet hubs and switches. BIIT is an approved Microsoft Training Center and a premier partner of Oracle training program. Punjab Information Technology Board recognized BIIT as one of the leading institutions in Information Technology, and as a token of this recognition, a grant of Rupees two million was awarded to establish a state of the art Information Technology Center. This IT Center was established with a total cost of Rupees five million and it started functioning in August 1999. The admissions to BIIT are open to all persons of either sex and whatever religion, race, creed, class or color, and no person will be deprived of the benefits accruing from the University on any such grounds. | |

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