Minister of Research Technology and Higher Education (Menristekdikti) Mohamad Nasir said President Joko Widodo will immediately issue a presidential instruction (Inpres) regarding the completion of stalled buildings in 122 State Universities (PTN). Nasir said there are about 112 state universities that have been identified and 10 other state universities are still in the stage of data collection on the number of buildings that are stalled.
Total funds needed to complete construction of the buildings as well as stalled teaching hospitals reached Rp9.7 trillion. That also includes laboratory equipment and others. Of the 122 state universities having stalled buildings, 36 among them are new PTN. Nasir mentioned two new state universities, namely the University of Singaperbangsa and Siliwangi. The issues of the new PTN are namely human resources and infrastructure. According to Nasir, President Jokowi wishes to eradicate the problem of the stalled buildings.
Earlier, Director General of Science & Technology and Higher Education Resources Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education, Ali Ghufron Mukti, said he was working to resolve the problem of stalled buildings by way of non-budget investment financing and cooperation between the government and business entities (KBPU). He said the issue of stalled buildings was more due to lack of budget. So they were already budgeted the previous year, but still insufficient. Through KBPU scheme, he hoped the issue could be resolved.