In the budget for FY2022-23, the Finance Division has approved an allocation of Rs.41.87 billion for 149 Public Sector Development Projects (PSDP) projects under the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
138 of these projects are currently in the works, with a total budget of Rs.38.77 billion. A total of Rs.3.1 billion has been set aside for 11 new projects that have been authorized for budget allocation.
According to the Budget FY2022-23 document, Rs.60 million has been set aside for the establishment of bilateral academic and research links with various nations.
Under the CPEC consortium of universities, Rs.300 million has been set aside for academic collaboration, while Rs.20 million has been set aside for scholarships for talented Gwadar students.
Rs.200 million has been set aside for the establishment of the AJK Women University in Bagh, Rs.417.73 for the FATA University, and Rs.450 million for the creation of higher education possibilities for Balochistan’s and FATA students. Scholarships for GB students at prominent national universities have been awarded Rs.100 million.
The Coastal Region Higher Education Scholarships Program for Balochistan has been awarded Rs.200 million, with Rs.350 million was set aside for the establishment of the University of Gwadar.
A total of Rs.70 million has been set aside to provide scholarships to 3,000 deserving Afghan students. Another Rs.1 billion has been approved for the Allama Iqbal Scholarship Program, which will provide 3,000 scholarships to Afghan students.
In addition, the National Center of Excellence in Big Data and Cloud Computing would receive Rs.354.07 million, while the National Center of Excellence in Cyber Security will receive Rs.185 million. The National Center of Excellence in Robotics and Automation has received another Rs.200 million in funding.
A total of Rs.152 million has been made allocated to establish Seerat Chairs in all public universities. Pakistan’s Higher Education Development Program has received a one-billion-rupee grant (HEDPP).
A total of Rs.400 million would be spent on 5,000 Ph.D. fellowships, while Rs.235 million will be spent on a Master’s leading to a PhD program for Balochistan students.
Phases 2 and 3 of the abroad MS/MPhil leading to PhD scholarship program have been given Rs50 million and Rs 600 million, respectively.
Pak-UK Education Gateway and Pak-USAID merit and need-based scholarship programs have been given Rs.300 million and Rs.250 million, respectively. Phase III of the HEC-USAID Fulbright Scholarship Support Program has been given Rs.600 million.
Under the Kamyab Jawan Program and Youth Olympics, Rs.400 million would go to High Performance and Resource Centers, while Rs. 250 million will go to the Kamyab Jawan Talent Hunt Program and Youth Sports League.
Finally, the Prime Minister’s Laptop Scheme has been awarded Rs.1 billion.