Budget Cuts In University Fundings Should Be Viewed Positively – UniMAP Vice-chancellor

KANGAR, March 30 (Bernama) — The 2016 budget cuts by the government should be viewed positively as they give organisations the opportunity to train to be more efficient and creative, said Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) acting vice-chancellor Datuk Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal.

He said with the reduction in budget too, higher learning institutions would not be overdependent on government assistance and would be more innovative in aiming for prudent spending and ways to generate their own income.

“When we become too dependent on the government, we have less initiative to be self-reliant. In this connection, UniMAP was prepared for the budget cuts.

“Among measures taken were multiplying on new projects explored which brought short and long-term profits,” he said at the Anugerah Seri Gemilang UniMAP 2015, here last night.

Also present were the Raja Muda of Perlis who is also UniMAP chancellor, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail and his consort, the Raja Puan Muda Perlis who is also UniMAP pro-chancellor, Tuanku Hajah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil.

According to Zul Azhar, the 2016 management grant was reduced by 7.3 per cent or about RM16 million as compared to last year’s allocation.

He said there were all kinds of reaction when the government announced on budget cuts in higher learning institution fundings as some people were of the view that universities were not corporate bodies and should not bear the burden of generating their own funds.

“I think we have done our level best for the rakyat and UniMAP in using various channels to generate fundings in accordance with the government’s vision and without affecting operations,” he said.

A total of 106 people received excellent service awards while 24 others received special awards at the ceremony.

University Ubudiyah Indonesia (UUI) Aceh rector, Marniati M. Kes received the special award (individual) while the agency special award went to Yayasan Tuanku Syed Putra (YTSP) Perlis.


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