Islamabad - Professor Dr Zafar Iqbal, the vice-chancellor of Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST), has said that the varsity was facing many problems due to lack of budget and other resources; however students are being provided with quality education.

The VC said that the university had to pay Rs 1.2 billion for salaries and Rs 30 million as rent for building, while the Higher Education Commission (HEC) awarded a grant of only Rs 0.7 billion to FUUAST.

He alleged that in HEC, the embezzlement at the level of awarding was very high. “HEC awards a grant of Rs 250 billion to Quaid-i-Azam University, which has only 3500 students. On the other hand, FUUAST, which has more than 17,000 students, receives only Rs 0.7 billion,” he added.

The vice chancellor said that FUUAST had six faculties including arts, science, pharmacy, law and interfaith harmony. He said that the university had more than ten regular teachers and most of them were PhD qualified.

Dr Zafar also stated that the university couldn’t start many programmes due to lack of land; however, now construction of university’s new campus was going on and it would be comprised 10 buildings. “We will shift into new campus by 2017,” he said.

He said that the university would initiate new language programs including English, German, French and Chinese. He said the varsity had sent more than 50 students abroad on scholarships among which 15 students had returned Pakistan and remaining students would return next year. Dr Zafar said that disappearance of a few students in foreign countries was a common issue but it was rare at FUUAST.

He said that it was a common perception that FUUAST was providing education only in Urdu language, which was not right. “We are providing education in English language,” he added. He was of the view that countries all over the world are providing education in their own national languages, but unfortunately no such education system was being introduced in Pakistan so far.

Talking about the terrorism in Pakistan, he said operation Zarb-e-Azb was not the only solution to curb the terrorism. “Whole nation will have to come forward together to end the terrorism from the country,” he added.

He also said that the FUUAST was keen to introduce the faculty of security management for which special fund was required. He said the university was also introducing bachelors of home management for women and professional and technical courses to minimize the unemployment in the country.

Answering the questions regarding cases of corruption, the vice-chancellor said that strict action would be taken against corrupt elements.