Background And History
The Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC) operates, with Government authorization, as a sub-committee of the Council for Higher Education.
The functions of the PBC are to make the connection between the Government and the institutions of higher education efficient, to ensure proper management regarding decisions, budgets and development programs, and to bring about control and oversight of various activities.
The establishment of the PBC was approved by the Government on June 6, 1976, in Decision no. 666.
The PBC’s organizational, planning and budgetary activitity is carried out with the help of the Administration of the Council for Higher Education Corporation.
The members of the Committee
Today, the PBC is composed of seven members: Prof. Manel Trajtenberg (Chairman), Prof. Moshe Mandelbaum, Mr. Shmuel Slavin, Prof. Shimon Yankielowicz, Prof. Faisal Azaiza, Prof. Malka Rappaport-Hovav and Ms. Yael Andorn.
Five of the members have senior academic standing in higher education in various fields and two are public representatives from different sectors of the economy.
PBC members are appointed by the Minister of Education, upon the judgement of the Chairman of the PBC and with approval by the Council after a secret ballot, for a period of three years, with the option of extention for an additional three-year period.
The Council for Higher Education, supported by Government Decision 666, delegated the following functions to the PBC:
a. To be an independent body, which will be an intermediary between the Government and the national institutions on the one hand and the institutions of higher education on the other in all matters relating to budget allocations for higher education;
b. To propose the basic budget and the development budget for higher education, taking into consideration the country’s social and national needs, while safe-guarding academic freedom and with due diligence for maintaining research and instruction;
c. To have the exclusive right to apportion the approved higher education budget among the institutions of higher education;
d. To recommend to the Government and to the Council for Higher Education a program for the development of higher education, and to plan its financing;
e. To make the operation of the institutions of higher education efficient and to coordinate between them;
f. To monitor the utilization of budgets in order to prevent deficits and irregularities;
g. To render an opinion to the Council for Higher Education regarding the establishment of every new institution or new unit of financial significance in an accredited institution.