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The University of the West
Indies (UWI) St Augustine cam-
pus has been told to find ways
to raise funds to assist with its
operating cost which has
crossed the billion-dollar mark.
The university was required to
submit a comprehensive strate-
gy/plan by April 30 to raise
money, based on recommenda-
tions by the Finance and General
Purposes Committee (FGPC) and
the Ministry of Tertiary Educa-
tion and Skills Training (Test).
The request was based on a Cab-
inet minute of March 13. Both
the FGPC and Test made the
recommendation, Minister Fazal
The plan, according to Karim,
is to reduce "the annual percent-
age of government s contribution
to the annual budget of the cam-
pus from the period 2014 to
At a forum entitled Coffee
with the Principal, held at the
Learning Resource Centre, St
Augustine, on Friday, UWI s
principal Prof Clement Sankat
in an address to staff members,
whom he praised for their team
effort and commitment, said the
university needed to find ways
to increase its income.
In a slide presentation to
scores of workers, Sankat showed
12 areas the university could tap
into to generate funds.
Sankat asked staff, "How
many of you know that this
campus budget is...more than
"That is what it takes to run
this place. It crossed the billion-
dollar mark, and they now telling
the principal, how you going to
find your own money?
"That is the challenge we have.
How we going to raise we own
Sankat said 73 per cent of
UWI s budget was spent on
wages and salaries for its 3,000
"Which tells you how tight
this budget is...how very tight,
and how very close we have to
The remaining 27 per cent,
Sankat said, pays for "everything
He said while the national
budget was $61 billion, theirs
was $1 billion. They now have
to find ways to reduce that fig-
ure, Sankat said.
Sankat said much of what they
received came from the Govern-
ment, for which they were grate-
"Now, fees really are our
income. But the fees are paid by
the Government. So guess what?
We have to wait."
Sankat said this created diffi-
culties for the university.
He said another problem was
their receivables; they had more
money outside than in their cof-
fers. Sankat noted the university
has not received money for new
employees in the last four years.
Sankat urged the employees
to act with a sense of urgency
and work to exceed the univer-
sity s expectations.
Govt tells UWI as its operating cost crosses $1b:
Find ways to raise funds
A cross-section of UWI St Augustine Campus staff who were in attendance at a presentation by principal Prof
Clement Sankat about the campus' budget, on Friday. PHOTOS: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Professor Clement Sankat,
principal of UWI, St Augustine,
addresses members of staff
during the annual "Coffee with
the Principal," at the university's
Learning Resource Centre, in St
Augustine, on Friday.
Karim said his ministry and the FGPC estimated
that government's contribution to UWI for 2014-
2015 would be $550,695,558, inclusive of
contributions to long-term loans of $11,165,000,
which was approximately 7.7 per cent more than
its contribution in the 2013-2014 budget.
According to the Cabinet minute of March 2014,
Karim said, the total campus expenditure would
The recommendations were made on the basis
of a report of the technical advisory committee to
the Campus Grants Committee of UWI, on the
biennium estimates for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016,
in St Kitts and Nevis in February, Karim said.
MORE GOVT $$ IN 2014-2015
To raise funds, Sankat
reviewing key business,
inviting public and private
partnerships, energising the
renting facilities, and obtaining
Housing Minister Dr Roodal
Moonilal says tendering for the con-
struction of a five-star hotel, con-
vention centre and administrative
complex in south Trinidad will open
early next year, before the general
Moonilal made this known while
touring the San Fernando Teaching
Hospital at Chancery Lane yesterday.
He said the mega-hotel was being
designed and once this process is com-
pleted, invitations for tenders will be
issued. Thirty acres of land near the
Tarouba Stadium will be used for an
18-storey administrative complex, the
hotel and a modern convention centre,
he said. "We have not yet completed
the design work, so it will be difficult
to state the cost. It will be a huge proj-
ect. We are looking to finish conceptual
design work by the end of the year
and get contractors in place by early
next year," Moonilal explained. He said
the administrative complex would
reduce the amount that Government
was currently paying in rent. The Peo-
ple s Partnership Government has
come under fire for transforming the
Chancery Lane administrative complex
into a teaching hospital at a time when
millions of dollars were being spent
on renting offices for government
agencies. The construction of the com-
plex began under the PNM at an initial
estimated cost of $296 million, but
during a tour in January Moonilal said
it would cost $1 billion to complete.
Meanwhile, Moonilal also said 16 acres
of land had been identified in Tarouba
for the expansion of a sporting com-
Tertiary Education Minister Fazal
Karim is confident that over 150 med-
ical students will be trained locally as
the San Fernando Teaching Hospital
becomes fully operational by Septem-
Karim expressed the view while tour-
ing the teaching hospital at Chancery
Lane yesterday. Clinical skills class-
rooms, lecture halls and anatomy and
physiology laboratories are already out-
fitted with state-of-the-art equipment
"This facility in San Fernando will
be joined by UWI s teaching facilities
in Cave Hill, Barbados and Mona,
Jamaica. We have 30 students from
here who pursue their MBBS annually
at Cave Hill, and we have 75 students
who pursue studies in Mona, Jamaica,
at their Faculty of Medical Sciences,"
Karim said. He said the new facility in
San Fernando will accommodate 50
students by September. "We have 300
doctors graduating every year. This
hospital will increase that output and
supply more trained practitioners to
deliver better services to health centres
and the wider community." Karim also
explained that a further 150 students
were on a deferred approval list to start
their studies next year.
"We do not have enough space for
students to pursue their MBBS degrees.
We expect that by 2016, all 150 who
have applied will be accepted," Karim
said. He added that the hospital will
also focus on training students in spe-
cialist areas including neurology, noting
"partnerships will be formed with inter-
national universities so that profes-
sionals from abroad can lecture to local
students." He said Dr Rudy Capildeo,
a distinguished neurologist in the UK,
had made an offer to the Dean of the
Faculty of Medical Sciences at UWI to
come and do free lectures on neurology.
Karim also said students doing a
master s in forensic sciences will begin
their programme in January.
More local doctors to
Tendering for South five-star
hotel starts in January
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