Govt reduces budget of higher & technical education dept

ITANAGAR, May 16: The Government of Arunachal Pradesh has reduced the annual fund of the Directorate of Higher and Technical Education (DHTE) from Rs 64 crore in 2016-17 to Rs 62 crore in 2018-19.
This was informed during the meeting of the officials of directorate with principals of the government colleges of the state held here on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Director of DHTE, A Jongkey briefed the gathering that out of Rs 62 crore, more than Rs 40 crore is meant for the award of stipend, while the remaining amount of Rs 20 crore is for student commitment expenditure as well as developmental activities in all the government run higher education institutions.
Accordingly, he stressed that expenditure of funds should be used appropriately, so that quality is maintained and work completed on time.
Finance and Account Officer of the department, AK Saha also informed that all colleges must submit monthly and quarterly expenditure statements regularly to the directorate for free flow of funds to the institutions.
Principal Dr Milorai Modi suggested having a meeting before finalization of the Annual Operating Plan (AOP) with all the principals to address the core and specific issues relating to HEIs in the state.
In support of his views, another Principal Dr K Megu also stated that planning process must be from bottom-up.
The DHTE has noted that planning must be inclusive.
Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) Deputy State Project Director, Minto Ete highlighted about various initiatives under his department. He informed that Rs 2.5 crore was sanctioned to Dera Natung Government College (DNGC) for infrastructure development. Ete urged officials of DNGC to submit utilization certificate along with photographs for onward submission to MHRD to release the third and final instalment.
“Under infrastructural grant, six colleges have been given Rs. 2 crore each in RUSA. DPGC, Kamki has completed all formalities but Government College in Bomdila, IGGC in Tezu, WRGC in Deomali and RFGC in Changlang are to follow up by submitting the respective UCs for further receipt of third instalment from the MHRD”, said the deputy SPD and requested the principal of Government College, Doimukh to submit the project proposal under RUSA.
He further informed of the problems of convergence from the erstwhile UGC MDC Scheme to RUSA 1.0. Regarding the faculty recruitment support, 25 posts had been sanctioned and approved by the MHRD and file is under process for recruitment against these posts by APPSC, he added.
Director of Higher and Technical Education Dr Tayek Talom took up the issue of quality work and time-bound delivery of infrastructural facility in the institutions. He asked the principals of respective colleges to constitute a monitoring unit to not only ensure timely execution of work but also to maintain the quality.
The director strongly urged to the principals not to succumb to the pressure from organizations that hampers the growth of the institution in the long run.
“For the future welfare of the institution, principals must ensure strict monitoring in academic as well as administrative areas of the institution”, he added.
Dr N T Rikam, principal of DNGC, enquired about the status of BEd and anthropology courses, which were supposed to start at his college. He further informed that the Shikshak Bhawan constructed in the campus of the DNGC under SADA is almost complete and must be furnished properly along with posting of MTS, caretaker, cook, chowkidar, etc to make it operational and functional.
He also drew the attention of the directorate and appealed it to take up the matter with the secretary of education.