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KU reluctant to help FIA in probing 'irregularities'
Karachi, June 18: The University of Karachi is reluctant to
help the Federal Investigation Agency seeking to investigate a number of
irregularities alleged to have taken place at the KU in recent years,
it emerged on Sunday.
The malpractices, sources said, pertained to illegal appointments,
promotions and misappropriation of funds. The alleged malpractices had
been highlighted by the FIA in multiple letters sent to the KU over the
past five months, the sources said.
The FIA officials, the sources said, met the vice chancellor last
month and tried to convince him that such an investigation was very much
in favour of the university itself. However, the university
administration has not yet provided any details required by the FIA.
The agency in its letter dated Jan 16, 2012, addressed to the
registrar stated that the subject inquiry (Enquiry No 04/2012 of FIA)
had been registered against the management of the University of Karachi
regarding illegal appointments and various other allegations.
"It is requested to provide the complete record of all the
appointments made by the university from Grade 1 to 20 since Jan 2008
(year-wise breakup) till to date. It is also requested to provide the
requisite information/documents through responsible officer well
conversant with the matter on or before Jan 23, 2012."
The agency sent separate letters to the university chief engineer and
estate officer to get details about the contracts awarded to parties
over the past few years and the land rented or leased.
The agency also asked the university estate officer under Section 160
(police-officer's power to require attendance of witnesses) of the
Criminal Procedure Code in February to appear in person at the FIA
office in Karachi. The issue, according to the letter, was related to a
petrol pump allowed to be set up on university land allegedly in
violation of rules.
Taking up the issue of illegal promotions, the FIA sent the
university registrar two letters in which the agency specifically
mentioned the names of employees and asked the university to provide
details about their appointments and promotions.
Besides, there were also queries regarding embezzlement of funds of
the Bureau of Composition, Compilation and Translation (BCC&T)
functioning under the university.
The sources said the university initially adopted a hostile attitude
by warning the federal agency of action if it insisted on an
A letter sent to the FIA by the university's legal consultant on
March 7 read: "Kindly close the inquiry as it is mala fide and illegal
having no jurisdiction. Hence, my client would not provide you with any
document you have sought. Any proceedings initiated by you shall be
defended in the proper court of law on your cost and consequences which
may be noted."
In a reply, the FIA explained to the university administration that
the FIA Act 1974 extended to the whole of Pakistan and was applicable to
all citizens of the country and any public servant under the federal
government. And, since the university chancellor, it was pointed out,
was a representative of the president and the university received its
funding from a federal body, the agency was authorised to conduct an
inquiry against it.
The agency, according to the sources, had moved into action after it
received a complaint in writing from a former chief security officer of
the university. The former official had alleged that more than 700
unlawful appointments in Grades 1 to 20 and another 500 appointments in
BPS-1 to BPS-16 on an ad-hoc/contract basis had been made in the
university in recent years in violation of rules.
He also pointed finger at the appointment of 18 'ineligible'
candidates as professors and associate professors, though their cases,
according to the ex-official, were rejected by a selection board.
The former university employee also alleged that the university
administration awarded Grade 17 and 18 posts to low cadre employees of
Grade 7 to 11 who never appeared before any selection board which was
mandatory under university rules.
Moreover, his letter stated, persons on deputation benefited "out of the way".
The alleged irregularities, according to the sources, had also forced
the agency to take up the case with the Higher Education Commission and
it had asked the body to provide details about the funds the university
had received for development projects from 2008 till last year.
When asked, the university administration admitted having received
letters from the FIA and that it had not yet provided any details
required by the FIA.
Although university officials confirmed that they initially opposed
the investigation by the agency, they remained silent on the question
whether the educational institution warned the FIA of legal action if it
insisted on the investigation.
"The university goes through provincial audit whereas the FIA is a
federal agency so legally the university is not bound to send the agency
any documents or face inquiry from it. However, the university intends
to share the information the agency requires in order to maintain
transparency," an email from the university public relations officer
stated. It further said:
"The FIA personnel in their meeting with the vice chancellor focused
on three main issues which included matters related to the BCC&T,
lease of KU land for a petrol pump and appointments made by the previous
"The university syndicate gave an approval for [construction of] a petrol pump in its meeting held on October 24, 2009.
The present administration hasn't made a single appointment since it
took charge. However, it is screening appointments made in the previous
"Documents related to the BCC&T and other issues are being
collected, which will be sent to the FIA very soon. The reason for this
delay is none other than the fact that no efforts were made in the past
for collection of these documents," it concluded. Dawn
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KU announces extension in MA forms submission date
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) on Sunday announced extension in
the last date for submitting examination forms of Master of Arts
(Regular) Part I and II. Students can now submit their examination forms
without any late fee in their respective colleges till June 22 while
students in 2005 or earlier can submit their form along with a
prescribed fee of Rs 5,000. Daily times
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Rs 20.127m scholarships given to GCU students
Lahore: Government College University Lahore (GCU) gave away scholarships of a record
amount of Rs 20.127 million to the university's deserving students
besides cutting down its fee by 35 percent during the financial year
GCU Annual Scholarships Report was presented to
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman by Treasurer Shafiq
Mughal on Saturday. The report claimed that scholarships were disbursed
during the financial year 2011-12 among 939 needy students who could not
afford academic expenses.
The report also claimed that
the scholarships of Rs 16.05 million were given away from GCU Budget
while Rs 4.077 were given to needy students from the donations of Old
Ravians to GCU Endowment Fund Trust.
University Lahore Vice Chancellor requested the Punjab government and
Higher Education Commission to provide separate grants to universities
for granting scholarships and financial aid to the needy students.
He also urged philanthropists and Old Ravians to support needy students through GCU Endowment Fund Trust.
Vice Chancellor also expressed firm resolve that GCU would not leave
its deserving students in the lurch and despite all financial
constraints it would make all possible efforts to provide financial aid
GCU Annual Scholarships Report also stated that
during 2011-12, about 86 GCU students won Rs 0.249 million from the
National Talent Scholarship and 19 got Rs 0.783 million from the HEC
Higher Education Opportunities Scholarship while seven students received
Rs 35,500 from Quaid-e-Azam and Mora scholarships. Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal
also gave away scholarships of Rs 0.608 million to 19 GCU students. As
many as 174 students of GCU were given scholarships of Rs 7.7 million
from the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF).
report concludes that as many as 1,243 deserving students of GCU got
various scholarships of Rs 29.507 during the finical year 2011-12.
on innovation: Punjab University (PU) in collaboration with Pakistan
Science Foundation (PSF) and Institute for Research Promotion (IRP) will
organise one-day workshop "Invention to Innovation Summit-2012" on June
PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran will
preside over the ceremony while Minister of State for Science and
Technology Rahela Shahadat Baloch and Federal Secretary for Science and
Technology Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar will be the guests of honour.
will be talks on present and future research for improvement of
research trend and culture in Pakistan. About 30 stalls displaying
inventions from various researchers will also be set up on the occasion.
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UVAS to set up more campuses
Lahore: University of Veterinary and Animal Science (UVAS) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Talat
Naseer Pasha has announced that the university will establish an
international campus in Middle East and a national campus. Addressing a
ceremony organised in connection with the university's 10-year
celebrations, he said June 15, 2002 was historic moment when the Punjab
government announced setting up of Veterinary and Animal Science
University to focus livestock sector to make it a vibrant economic
engine. In the last one decade, he said the university had contributed a
lot in terms of imparting quality education and research that helped
farmers to grow economically as well as professionally. The Vice
Chancellor said the university had completed Rs one billion worth
projects and entered into mutual collaboration with 30 foreign
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Students stage demo against loadshedding
Lahore: Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) on Sunday warned if the persistent
unscheduled and excessive power outages did not end, the students would
besiege Punjab Assembly and Governor's House.
warning came at a demonstration outside Punjab University (PU), New
Campus, on Canal Bridge in which a large number of university students
participated and expressed grave concern over excessive loadshedding.
protesting students also condemned the PU administration for
unavailability of cold water at the varsity hostels in the sizzling
weather. They said the students had been demanding setting up of an
independent power plant at the varsity but to no avail.
the protesters, IJT's Hafiz Nauman Zafar said that Zardari's slogan of
Rotti, Kapra Aur Makan (food, clothes and homes) for people had turned
into Maut, Cafan and Qabaristan (death, coffin and graveyard).
said non-provision of generators at hostels despite repeated requests
to the PU administration was proof of the university administration's
incompetence. He warned if the unscheduled excessive loadshedding
continued, the students would besiege Punjab Assembly and Governor's
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BISE fixes 13-year minimum age for 9th class exams
Gujranwala: Gujranwala BISE has fixed 13 years minimum age for appearing in 9th class examinations.
there should be no harm in it, but the step has marred education career
of genius boys and girls who excel in career and reach 9th class at the
age of 10/11. Such talented boys and girls are in hundreds. They are
usually rare genius. Social circles and parents of talented students
have demand of Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif to have age
limit removed and let talented students pass 9th class at lesser age.
BISE Controller Examinations when contacted agreed that fixation of age
will affect talented students. The news
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