Powers And Areas Of Activity
The Government authorized the establishment of the Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC), as a sub-committee of the Council for Higher Education.
The Committee was appointed by the Minister of Education and Culture and approved by the Council, in Government Decision no. 666 dated June 6, 1977.
The Functions of the Committee
A. To be an independent body, which will serve as 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 allocations for higher education.
The Government and the national institutions will refrain from accepting requests or recommendations from the institutions of higher education themselves, or from any other source, and will refrain from budgeting allocations to an institution of higher education that is not according to the recommendation of the Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC).
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 the need for advancing research and education.
C. To be the sole body that distributes the general approved budgets, for development and current needs, among the institutions of higher education.
D. To recommend to the Government and to the Council for Higher Education programs for the development of higher education, and to plan their financing.
E. To promote efficiency in the institutions of higher education and to coordinate between them in order to prevent duplication and bring about economy.
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 with financial implications in an accredited institution.
The considered opinion of the Committee will address these two main questions:
(a) Is there a need for the new institution or new unit?
(b) What is the financial implication of opening the new institution or new unit?
It is the Committee that will determine whether or not there is any financial implication to opening the new unit or institution.