The Planning and Budgeting Committee

PBC  is a committee and the executive arm of the Council. It was established by a government resolution in 1977. The function of the PBC is, inter alia, to serve as an independent body acting as an intermediary between the government and the national institutions (such as national funds or public organizations) on the one hand and the institutions of higher education on the other hand. Under its purview are all matters relating to the budget for higher education.

PBC members are appointed by the Council for a period of three years with the possibility of extending the appointment for a further three years.

The Functions of the Committee

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • To be the sole body that distributes the general approved budgets, for development and current needs, among the institutions of higher education.
  • To recommend to the Government and to the Council for Higher Education programs for the development of higher education, and to plan their financing.
  • To promote efficiency in the institutions of higher education and to coordinate between them in order to prevent duplication and bring about economy.
  • To monitor the utilization of budgets in order to prevent deficits and irregularities.
  • 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.
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