SU internet services suspended across campus due to non-payment of bill lingered on by HEC

JAMSHORO: 07, SEPTEMBER, 2021: (Ali Murad Chandio): The internet service of the University of Sindh Jamshoro has been suspended due to non-payment as a result of which, online learning of over 17 thousand students have been stopped on Monday.

The suspension of internet service also halted the entire system including LMS service, examination process, bank fee collection, college side admissions and the varsity's finance wings, the university spokesman informed and alleged that it happened because of non release of required grant from Higher Education Commission Islamabad. 

The University managment had received only Rs. 1849 million from Higher Education Commission Islamabad for financial year 2021-2022 as compared to Rs. 1947 million and Rs. 1978 million, which were received by the varsity management in financial years 2020-2021 and 2019-2020 respectively.

In the month of June 2021, the spokesman informed that the university management had demanded the Higher Education Commmission of releasing a special grant of Rs. 500 million but despitethe recommendations of the concerned quarters, the Federal Finance Ministry did not release the said grant causing financial crunch and suspension of internet service.

The university spokesman informed that the varsity management had requested Sindh Chief Minister to take notice of financial crisis of the university and announce a special package so that the management might overcome the crisis.

"If the provincial government didn't release special financial package, the academic activities at the additional campuses of Sindh University in Dadu, Larkana, Badin, Mirpurkhas, Thatta and Naushahro Feroz as well as hostel and transport services would be affected, the spokesman warned. 

He told that the federal government had also been approached by the university authority to release a special package of Rs. 500 million forthwith so that some of the liabilities might be paid off.

"The authorities of HEC Islamabad don't respond positively whenever they are asked for release of grant. By this, they violate the article of 18H of the ordinance of HEC which clearly depict that the commission has to immediately release grant whenever it sees some university falling prey to financial crunch," he said. (04)

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