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The Higher Education Commission will get Rs 18 billion for 397 projects in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for financial year 2007-08. This allocation includes Rs 14.82 billion for 224 ongoing projects while Rs 1.092 billion for 41 new (approved) and Rs 2.081 billion for the new 132 (unapproved) projects.

According to Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2007-08, the main emphasis would be laid on human resource development and faculty development by initiating Masters, M.Phil, PhD and post-doctoral programmes at indigenous and international level.

The scholarship programmes have been developed and are being developed for students to attain Ph.D degrees both within, as well as outside the country. In the PSDP, Rs 898 million have been earmarked for MS/M.Phil and Ph.D. The ongoing scholarship schemes would be continued and new scholarship schemes will be initiated to train students in important areas.

Besides allocating huge amount for various scholarship schemes and other key areas, the government has earmarked Rs 500 million for foreign faculty hiring. The government has also allocated Rs 700 million for Ph.D fellowship for 5,000 scholars.

The other areas of focus regarding infrastructure include physical infrastructure, electronic access highway, curriculum and distance education mechanism. The universities will be encouraged to send their students on internship to industry and public/private sector organisations to gain practical experience..

Similarly, Rs 114 million have also been allocated for Pak-US Joint Academic and Research Programme (phase ll).

TOURISM A total of Rs 167.453 million has been allocated in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2007-08 for three ongoing and as many new projects of tourism division. Out of the total allocation, Rs 143.923 million have been earmarked for three new projects including construction of PTDC headquarters (Rs 90 million) TFCs on provincial HQ (Peshawar, Karachi, Quetta, Muzaffarabad (Rs 39 million) and revamping/remodelling of PTDC's Tourist Information Centres (Rs 14.923 million).

The ongoing projects are bus terminal at Nankana Sahib (Rs 18.950 million) Update of Tourism Research Publications (Rs 2.080 million) and Development of website for Tourism Industry (Rs 2.500 million).

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY A total of Rs 3.6 billion has been allocated for Science and Technology for its 83 ongoing and 60 new projects in the PSDP 2007-08.

According to Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2007-08, the government has allocated a considerable amount to upgrade the basic infrastructure of research and development organisations by providing international level facilities of equipment and networking.

CULTURE DIVISION Culture Division will receive Rs 378.131 million in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2007-08 for its new and ongoing projects, according to documents.

Out of the total amount, Rs 114.025 million has been earmarked for ongoing project while the new projects got Rs 264.106 million. The new projects and amount allocated is Rs 95 million for Pak-China Friendship Centre, Islamabad, Rs 85 million for construction of Aiwan-i-Quaid, Islamabad, Rs 40 million for operation and maintenance service of national monument, Rs 12 million for Re-organising of Termite Affected Quran Gallery of National Museum, Karachi, Rs 10 million for construction of National Museum of Pakistan at Islamabad, Rs 7.500 million for publication of books on Arts and Culture, Rs 6 million for strengthening of planning, monitoring and evaluation cell (PME) Rs 5 million for Performing Arts and Rs 3.606 million for restoration/renovation of Quaid-i-Azam House Museum.

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