UNAIR NEWS – The presence of Vice Chairman of Commission X DPR RI Dr. H. Abdul Kharis Almasyhari in the second session of Communication Forum of Board of Trustee of PTN BH, in Universitas Airlangga, March 17, brought great news for universities, especially the ones acting as legal entity (PTN BH). The commission which supervises Education and Culture admitted supporting the universities. Dr. Ir. Subandi Sardjoko, M.Sc (right), Deputy Minister on Human Development and Culture of Bappenas was also present as keynote speaker.
In response to Universitas Hasanuddin Rector Prof. Dr. Dwia Aries Tina Palubuhu’s request that BOPTN should not be reduced, Abdul Kharis agreed and stated that during discussion in DPR, his institution did not make any reductions from the amount proposed by University Rector Assembly (MRPTN) in 2015 about Rp 5.5 trillion. It was higher than BOPTN 2015. But in the revision, the Ministry of Finance was only going to give BOPTN 2016 Rp 3.7 trillion, it was reduced Rp 1.8 trillion.
”I’m being honest here, I recommended the government not to make any revision from the amount proposed by Rector Assembly because we think that no one’s better to draft BOPTN than the university. And what for?, We would like the university to go to the next level,” said Abdul Kharis, on Thursday March 17.
In DPR opinion, higher BOPTN than the previous year will ease the university access to the society, as the allocation will determine the single tuition (UKT). UKT will be the same or lower than last year, and students even expected education to be free of charge. But in reality the fund was lower than the university needs.
Kharis also confirmed that the government fund for universities is increased, as it is an effort from the government to create better quality graduates.
”We are ready to sit together with institutions which manage higher education such as Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Bappenas, and Kemenkeu to discuss thoroughly things related to university development, budgeting and BPK audit and other direction we are headed,” said Dr. Abdul Kharis Almasyhari. (*)
Author: Bambang Bes