Sindh universities audit reports
Varsities given last chance to settle audit paras
Karachi, Dec 07: The Public Accounts Committee of the Sindh Assembly has advised all department
heads and vice chancellors of four universities to initiate action
against officials who failed to produce vouchers in support of the
expenditures incurred at the time of audit.
Presided over by its chairman Sardar Jam Tamachi Unar, the PAC in its
meeting on Monday considered paras from the audit reports for the
financial years 2004-05, 06, 07 and 08 of the Mehran University of
Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro, NED University of Engineering
& Technology, Karachi, Liaquat University of Medical & Health
Science, Jamshoro, and Sindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam.
The PAC noted that the practice of procuring vouchers and relevant
record after its paras appeared in the audit report was not only a
violation of the financial rules but also a cause of embarrassment for
the respective institution's head when the paras were taken up for
consideration at an accounts committee meeting. It was decided that the
PAC would not continue to accept the practice of producing vouchers and
maintenance of stock register after a lapse of two or more years.
Summing up the proceedings, Jam Tamachi later told the media that the
heads of all institutions were informed that a last chance was being
given to settle remaining paras, as their officials had committed to
verifying the accounts by producing relevant record to the auditors. The
paras left even after the next meeting would be finally recorded in the
PAC report, he said.
He added that the committee was going to take up the accounts of last
financial year soon, which would make a difference in the overall
working as it was difficult for the head of a department to defend his
predecessor who failed to initiate timely action against his subordinate
officers, who either retired or were transferred to some other
department, for non-compliance of financial rules.
About the grant of a conveyance allowance to the university staff
residing in university accommodation, the PAC decided that the
chancellor would be requested to take a firm decision instead of leaving
the matter to the syndicate.
The PAC also decided that a letter would be sent to the governor and
the chief minister drawing their attention towards the persisting
anomaly of late filing of vouchers. The authorities would be informed
that the departments did not produce vouchers at the time of audit, he
said, adding that instead the vouchers were produced and verified at a
In the overall 10 paras of the Mehran University's audit reports
2006-07 and 2007-08, the auditors found Rs266.722 million anomalies
pertaining to non-recovery of adjustment of advance, outstanding dues,
non-accountal store articles, expenditure without inviting open tenders,
expenditure without supporting vouchers, misclassified expenditures,
unjustified payment of medical allowance and non-production of record.
In the Liaquat Medical University audit reports 2006-07, 2007-08 and
2008-09, the auditors found a total of Rs45.963 million anomalies
related to expenditures without inviting open tenders, non-accountal
store articles, non-production of record, unauthorised transfer of
funds, non-imposing of penalty.
In the audit reports for 2006-07 and 2008-09 of the NED University, the auditors found Rs87.605 million
deviating from the general financial rules. These deviations were
also pertaining to expenditure without inviting open tenders,
non-adjustment of advances, irregular payment of conveyance allowance
and non-deduction of income tax, unauthorized transfer of funds and
excess payment of commutation to pensioners.
Vice Chancellor Abul Kalam defending the expenditures of Rs31.818
million without inviting tenders said that the repeat order was awarded
for printing immediate secret materials of examinations. He added the VC
had powers to take a decision in emergency and he was informing the
meeting about whatever happened. "But if you are not satisfied the VC is
prepared to face consequences," he said.
In response, the PAC chief said: "There were very few good persons
like you, as most are in the habit of misusing authority. If we condone
in one case it would become a precedent," he added.
He also said that the central treasury rules were not applicable to
any public sector university in Sindh. Every autonomous body was
governed by its own statutes and regulations approved by its senate and
Vice Chancellor of the Agriculture University Dr A.Q. Mughal said 80
per cent funds of the universities went to salaries, 15 per cent in
utility bills and only five per cent remained for application of
financial rules and those VCs who had experience of being government
servant knew importance of application of financial rules but now the
department heads had no experience and we were trying to provide them
He said he had made efforts to provide all records to satisfy the auditors.
According to the audit reports, Rs28.255 anomalies were detected
which were almost cleared after relevant record was provided to the
auditors except an amount of Rs84,927 fee that remained to be recovered
from contractors and notices were issued to them to deposit award fee.
In reply to a question, Sindh Audit Director-General Nazeer Ahmad
Sehar said the PAC proceedings helped in recovery of Rs10.156 million
from the employees, who had taken loans and failed to adjust them
against their salaries, and from contractors against penalty for failing
to execute the project on time.
Others who helped the PAC chief in the proceedings were Shama Mithani, Dr Mujadid Isran, Aamir Moin Pirzada and Mohammad Shoaib. Dawn
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SPSC in a shambles
Karachi: SPSC is completely oblivious of CCE 2008
interview result announcement, which were held in June 2010 till Aug
2010. The fate of the candidates is hanging in balance. Whenever a call
is made to the SPSC office, a constant reply of 'not known' is received.
The passed candidates as well as failed candidates in written exam are
all in the state of confusion for SPSC has amended the 'Scrutiny'
procedure; after the announcement of interview result, the failed
candidates will be eligible for applying scrutiny of their copies.
However, previously the failed candidates had their copies scrutinized
before commencement of written exam result. Nowadays the national media
is exposing corruption, embezzlement and criminal negligence stories in
Therefore, it is
speculated that perhaps behind this 'deafening silence' is nepotism,
favoritism and palm greasing. This corruption rumor is in full swing
among candidates and swindlers have made their way to rob innocent
candidates of their hard earned money. Furthermore, there should be an
objective and calculated method of conducting interviews. In the 21st
century, it is a pity that we are practicing stone-age strategies. The
concerned authorities should also note that if any candidate is declared
unsuccessful in the interview then there should be valid reasons behind
it for interview questions are quite vague and subjective. The
interviewing board must also justify their actions on which the future
of a candidate depends.
I appeal to the
president and higher authorities to look into the matter and save the
future of capable and successful candidates as they have burned midnight
oil to take this exam. Pleas don't let their hard work go waste. –Hisham Mazhar (The nation)
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Karachi University celebrates Sindh Culture Day
Karachi: Vice Chancellor Karachi University (KU) Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim
Raza Siddiqui said that Sindh is a repository of varied cultural values
and has remained the seat of civilisation and meeting point of diverse
cultures from times immemorial. He was addressing the event of Sindh
Culture Day organised by the Employees Welfare Association of KU on
Monday. He said that the culture of Sindh is pure, sublime and unique,
its significance cannot be ignored and constant efforts should be made
to promote it. ppi
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Teachers not paid salary
Sukkur: Teachers from Thul, Tangwani and Garhi Khairo talukas continued their token hunger
strike outside the press club in Jacobabad on Monday.
Protesting teachers held banners and placards and demanded immediate release of their salaries.
They are protesting by observing token hunger strike for the last
eight consecutive days, against non-payment of their salaries since
their induction some 10 months ago.
More than 110 junior teachers and 150 primary teachers were recruited
10 months ago, while latter received their salaries regularly but the
former did not.
DCO Jacobabad Sajid Jamal Abro and EDO Education Azizullah Odho told
journalists that teachers not receiving their salaries were in excess to
the number of posts sanctioned. It was because of this anomaly that the
Education Department could not allocate funds for their salaries nor
the Sindh government could approve a special grant to address their
The two officials said that the higher authorities in Education
Department have not taken any action for the payment of their salaries
despite repeated requests as they keep repeating that payments would be
made once the funds were received.
Chairman, Education Cadre Promotion Committee, Haq Nawaz Noonari,
leader of the Government School Teachers Association Syed Asadullah Shah
and leaders of different political, social and parties' expressed their
solidarity with the striking teachers by participated in their hunger
Mohammad Kamran, Ali Akbar Kunrani and other teachers told the media
that the teachers of three talukas have not received their salaries
since last 10 months. Dawn
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