PUPians Primed for AY 2014-2015Dan Esponilla Dalac, Top Story, Special Issue, June 2014
Roughly 70,000 new and old students will troop to the 22 branches and campuses of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines today for the opening of Academic Year 2014-2015.
PUP expects this year’s enrollment at the main campus in Sta. Mesa, Manila to exceed 35,000. Its branches and campuses in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog and Bicol project a combined enrollment of over 25,000.
The country’s first polytechnic and largest state university had an undergraduate student population of 62,028 in the 1st semester and 59,574 in the 2nd semester of AY 2013-2014. These figures included 10,280 first year students who passed the annual PUP College Entrance Test (PUPCET).
This year’s General Appropriations Act or Republic Act No. 10633 earmarked P948.497 million for PUP. The GAA stipulates that P725.211 million of the PUP budget is for personnel services, P218.944 million is for maintenance and other operating expenses, and P4.342 million is for capital outlays. National government subsidy amounts to P16,000 per student in the current fiscal year.
Poised to celebrate its 110th founding anniversary this year, PUP began as the Manila Business School in October 1904. The institution was renamed Philippine School of Commerce in 1908 and Philippine College of Commerce in 1952. It was converted into a chartered state university on April 1, 1978 by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 1341.
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