Commission X DPR Discusses BOPTN Problems

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Commission X DPR RI with PTN representatives in the hearing held in Kahuripan Hall, UNAIR on Thursday March 10. (Photo: Bambang ES)

UNAIR NEWS – Related to its oversight function, Commission X DPR RI which supervises education, culture, creative economy, tourism, youth and sports and national library, visited East Java March 10-12, 2016. Lead by Deputy of Commission X, Dr. H. Abdul Kharis Almasyhari, they were welcomed by Vice Rector I UNAIR, Prof. Joko Santoso, dr., Sp.PD-KGH., PhD., FINASIM and Vice Rector III UNAIR Prof. M. Amin Alamsyah, Ir., M.Si., Ph.D., in Kahuripan Meeting Hall UNAIR on Thursday March 10.

In this work visit, Commission X wanted to hear directly the program implementation of University Operational Aid (BOPTN), scholarships for lecturers and students, also lecturers’ stratification especially in East Java. Therefore, the hearing was attended by state universities’ officials in East Java especially Surabaya. Besides UNAIR, there were Universitas Negeri Surabaya Rector Prof. Dr. Warsono, MS., ITS Rector Prof. Ir. Joni Hermana, M.Sc.ES., PhD., Universitas Pembangunan Nasional Veteran Rector Prof. Dr. Ir. Teguh Sudarto, MP., Politeknik Perkapalan Negeri Surabaya Director Ir. Muhammad Mahfud, MMT., and Politeknik Elektronik Negeri Surabaya Director Dr. Zainal Arief, ST., MT.

As stated by the Chairman of Commission X DPR-RI, Teuku Riefky Harsya, MT., in Commission X DPR RI Meeting on June 8, 2015 about Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education Work Plan 2016, budgeting for BOPTN, scholarships and lecturers’ stratification was not proposed yet. It only showed the data of the outputs. Some of the data was about scholarships to 488,700 students, Non research BOPTN for 111 PTN, employee domestic master/doctoral studies were 10,230 people, employee international master/doctoral studies were 996 people and the implementation of lecturers’ certification for 10,000 lecturers and BOPTN research for 12,000 titles of lecturers’ research.

BOPTN program was aimed to cover the operational fund shortage in universities as they have not raised tuition fee (SPP) and applied single tuition fee (UKT) since 2012/2013. He admitted that the implementation of BOPTN had many problems such as late disbursement period, less transparency on its budgeting, allocations and UKT adjustment and other things which made the commission X DPR RI establish a working unit (Panja) on BOPTN.

High officials of some universities admitted that BOPTN helped university operational greatly, but the new program like World Class University (WCU) also uses BOPTN fund. It disrupts BOPTN fund implementation. BOPTN should only be allocated for university operational only. If there is a new program, it should be supported with different budget.

Related to scholarships, BOPTN reduction has quite affected the budget. With UKT implementation, the government normally would provide operational aid. But fund shortage often occurs so the university covers it with any ways necessary. Late BOPTN disbursement will cause some fund unspent. Some universities also expected civil servant (PNS) lecturers’ assignations, if there are not any assignations, the university will assign non-PNS lecturers and it will make their spending even bigger. (*)

Author: Bambang ES

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