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AIOU administration unearths Rs23 million embezzlement
Islamabad, Aug 20: A financial embezzlement, involving Rs23 million, has been unearthed by
the administration of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) which
immediately referred the case to the National Accountability Bureau
(NAB) to identify the officials involved in it, sources told this
correspondent here on Sunday.
Sources said that the AIOU
administration referred the corruption scandal to the NAB on August 15
in line with the recommendation of an inquiry committee which identified
financial corruption in the amount of admission fee submitted in the
account of the university.
An official confided to this
correspondent that the purpose of referring the corruption case to the
NAB is to ensure that there is no victimisation and everything is done
in a transparent manner.
"The initial investigation was
initiated in May this year after which an inquiry committee was
constituted to vigorously probe into the matter. The committee reviewed
the official record and confirmed in its final report that some
officials are allegedly involved in the embezzlement of money," sources
An official confided to this correspondent that
admission forms are generally disposed off after one year but this time
the administration decided to carry out physical verification of these
forms to ascertain whether there was any financial irregularity in the
amount of fee submitted by students.
"When we reviewed, we
came to know that there was a difference of Rs23 million between the
fee received by the concerned officials and submitted in the account of
the university," he said.
Sources said no one knew how
much money was illegally grabbed out of the admission fee as all record
of admission forms before 2012 has been burnt or disposed off leaving no
chance for anybody to check its authenticity.
pertinent to mention here that the admission forms along with prescribed
fee could be submitted in the countrywide branches of five commercial
banks and the AIOU administration was responsible to keep vigil over the
AIOU Vice Chancellor Dr. Nazir Ahmad Sangi
told this correspondent that when he came to know about financial
irregularities in the amount of fee submitted by students he immediately
formed a committee to probe into the matter.
He said the
committee recommended internal inquiry but after pondering over the
corruption case they have decided to refer it to the NAB to identify the
culprits and take strict action against them in line with rules and
Dr. Nazir Sangi said when he directed the
administration to also review previous record of the admission forms he
was informed that all record was disposed off after one year, adding "So
I directed them to review all admission fee record that is currently
available to them."
"The inquiry committee unearthed
financial irregularities and now I think it is necessary to take action
against those involved in the case to ensure a transparent culture in
the affairs of the university," he said. The news
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Governor's powers to appoint VCs curtailed
Karachi: The Sindh Assembly on Monday passed within 10
minutes an amendment to the universities laws curtailing the powers of
the governor to make key appointments in higher education institutions
shortly after the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the main opposition party,
opposed the amendment and staged a walkout from the house against it.
The Sindh Universities Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013, which was not
included in the original order of the day, was introduced by law
minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro after he was granted permission to present a
supplementary order of the day following a noisy discussion on the
local government bill and its subsequent approval.
The amendment bill restricts the powers of Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul
Ibad to make various key appointments in universities and higher
educational institutions, making them subject to 'government
While MQM legislators remained calm as they opposed the local
government bill through speeches and 'nays' whenever it was put to a
vote, they looked surprised when the permission of the supplementary
order of the day was sought and the universities amendment bill was
tabled. They said it had not been shared with them earlier. When they
came to know that the amendment bill would drastically reduce the powers
of governor, currently an MQM nominee, they protested and staged a
walkout led by leader of the opposition Faisal Subzwari.
Dr Mandhro speaking on the amendment later said that in democracies
the powers of the government to appoint, make polices, etc were
exercised by the chief executive, but in Sindh for the past many years
these powers, particularly those relating to the higher educational
institutions, were being exercised by the governor. Therefore, he added,
the government decided to make the amendment to the law after which the
governor would exercise these powers 'in consultation with the
Following the walkout by the MQM, PML-N legislator Irfanullah Marwat
said they had supported the ruling party on the local government bill
but if the latter wanted to spoil the entire legislation process they
(he and his party colleagues) too would stage a walkout. In response to
his concerns, the chief minister and other lawmakers in the house
assured him that they would be addressed. Subsequently, the amendment
bill was passed within minutes.
While presenting the amendment bill, Dr Mandhro said that it was
aimed at allowing elected democratic government to play an appropriate
and effective role to bring uniformity to the management, organisation
and control of public-sector universities and degree-awarding institutes
in the province of Sindh. He said that it would improve the overall
functioning of public-sector universities and degree-awarding institutes
and provide equal opportunities to students to pursue higher studies at
the institutes of their choice in the province. It was expedient to
amend certain laws related to the public sector universities and
institutes in Sindh, he explained.
Some of the higher educational institutions on which the new
amendment would apply include: Karachi University; NED University;
Mehran University; Sindh Agriculture University; Shah Abdul Latif
University; Institute of Business Administration; Quaid-i-Awam
University of Engineering, Science and Technology Nawabshah; Dow
University of Health Sciences; Sukkur Institute of Business
Administration; Benazir Bhutto Medical University Larkana; and Benazir
Bhutto University Lyari (Karachi).
No supporting or opposing speeches were made and the amendment bill
was passed into law within 10 minutes (from 4pm to 4.10pm) after being
introduced. Perhaps to save time, all the clauses were clubbed together
and passed through a vote.
The assembly also passed the Sindh High Density Development Board
(Amendment) Ordinance 2013 without having any debate or discussion on
it. It was introduced by the law minister.
He then presented the Sindh HIV and AIDS Control, Treatment and Protection Ordinance 2013.
Two other bills - The Sindh Witness Protection Bill 2013 and The
Gambat Institute of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill 2013 - were also
introduced by the law minister.
The final item on the order of the day was nomination of two members
of the Sindh Assembly on the panel of Pakistan Railways advisory
committee Karachi and it was deferred to be taken up in the next session
after which Speaker Agha Siraj Durani read out the order of Sindh
Governor Dr Ishartul Ibad proroguing the assembly sitting. Dawn
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KU Mass Communication dept's function on 22nd
Karachi: The Mass Communication department of the University of Karachi (KU) will
organise a function at its premises on August 22 in connection with the
Independence Day celebrations.This was announced by the Chairman of the
Department, Prof Dr Tahir Masood, on Monday. Vice-Chancellor of the
University of Karachi, Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser, and other prominent
personalities would attend the function. The news
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Urdu varsity registration
Karachi: The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science
and Technology on Monday announced that private candidates could file
registration forms for BA, BCom, and MA till Sept 12.
Meanwhile, the controller of exams, Karachi University, advised LLM
final students to submit their thesis at their colleges by Sept 15
without any late fee. After the deadline, the thesis could be filed by
Oct 30 with a late fee of Rs1,500, he said. app
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SMI University conducts entry test for admissions
Karachi: The Sindh Madressatul Islam (SMI) University conducted entry test for
admission in various faculties at the Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium
and the Junagarh Hall of the university on Saturday.
candidates who had applied for admission in BS and MS (Faculty of Media
Studies), BS and MS (Faculty of Computer Science), BS and MS (Faculty of
Environmental Sciences), ADE, B.Ed (Hons), BS and MS (Faculty of
Education) and BBA, MBA (Faculty of Business Administration) appeared in
It would be the second batch of the SMI
University that is being enrolled at this historic institution. The
first batch was enrolled last year, when SMI was elevated to the
university level, spokesperson of the institute said.
Vice Chancellor of the SMI University, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, visited the centres and monitor entry test process.
During his visit, while talking to the deans and faculty members of the SMI University, he said that it was a
sign of success of the university that a large number of students hailing from various
districts of Sindh had appeared in the test for admission at the Alma Mater of the Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
further said that within a shortest period of one and a half year of
the establishment of the varsity, it had emerged as one of the quality
universities of the country, where highly qualified faculty including 16
PhDs were engaged in the teaching process.
The admissions are
given on purely merit basis to the students of all areas of the
country, as this historic institution being the Alma Mater of the
Founder of Pakistan believes in providing equal opportunities to the
students of all social classes, he added.
Chancellor mentioned that the SMI University has air-conditioned
classrooms, modern computer labs, TV studio and FM radio station and a
most modern library.
"From this year the SMI University
will also give Higher Education Commission's Need Based Scholarships to
the deserving students," Dr Shaikh announced. The news
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