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340 awarded degrees at GIK convocation
Swabi, June 07: Around 340 students received degrees at the 18th convocation of the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology here on Tuesday.

Minister of State for Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education Muhammad Balighur Rehman was the chief guest on the occasion.

Academia, parents of the students, officials of various departments and politicians from various political parties attended the event.

The minister gave away degrees to the candidates and awarded gold medals to the position-holders.

Those who received PhD degrees included Shah Nawaz, Arshad Hussain, Mirza Nadeem Baig, Nabi Bakhsh, Mustasim Billah Bhatti, Muhammad Ishaq, Fazal Wahab, Muhammad Tahir and Dil Nawaz Khan.

The Quaid-e-Azam Medal was awarded to Salman Bilal Qazi and Ghulam Ishaq Khan Medal to Nauman Khan. Those who got the faculty-based gold medals were: Sherjeel Sikandar, Nauman Zeb, Nauman Khan, Raja Arsalan Sajid, Muhammad Mudassir Khan and Muhammad Aziz Sadiq.

Speaking on the occasion, Balighur Rehman underscored the need for keeping pace with the rapidly advancing world and updating knowledge for making Pakistan a developed country. He said the age-old ideas of money and commodity economy had been superseded by the concept of knowledge economy.

"The secret of success in the 21st century lies in acquiring and sharing knowledge for development and progress," he said.

The minister said the role of engineers had become critical in the prevailing situation. "Pakistan needs the engineers who have the ability to meet challenges and work with dedication to pursue their goals," he added.

"The nation expects that institutions like the GIK Institute will play their role in producing the professionals who can turn Pakistan into a highly industrialised and prosperous country," he said.

In his address, Engineer Shamsul Mulk, president of Society for the Promotion of Engineering Sciences and Technology, paid rich tributes to former president of Pakistan and founder of GIK Institute Ghulam Ishaq Khan.

"This institute was very dear to him. Its foundations were laid by him and the dream came true as a result of his meticulous planning and supervision," he recalled.

Shamsul Mulk, who has also served as a caretaker chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said that late Ghulam Ishaq Khan worked for the development and progress of this institution throughout his life.

Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid, Pro-Rector (academic) spoke in detail about the collaboration of the GIK Institute with different varsities at national and international level.

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Financial irregularities detected in Islamia College University
Peshawar: Financial irregularities worth millions of rupees have surfaced in the Islamia College University Peshawar but the successive administrations have been unable to plug the loopholes.

Financial embezzlement in the historic institution has been a much-talked about topic in the university for the last few years. The recent arrest of one Tariq Khan, clerk at the university's accounts department, by the anti-corruption department and his confessional statement about embezzlement of the admission fee helped unearth several other financial scams, sources told The News.

According to the sources, Tariq Khan embezzled Rs4.2 million from the admission fee of the BS students. The sources said that admission fee was usually deposited in banks, but the accused managed to pocket the amount.

The sources said the university administration probed the matter and the accused promised to repay the amount, but he failed to do so.

During interrogation, Tariq Khan alleged that former treasurer of the university Qadir Bakhsh Baloch was equally responsible for the scam.

The sources said purchases worth Rs7-8 million were made during the last two years and funds were withdrawn from the college account, but payment to the suppliers couldn't be made.

Power generators were purchased for the college last year for Rs13.7 million, but the generators could neither be installed nor made operational despite the lapse of one year, the sources said. This year when some of the departments demanded installation of the generators, anomalies were found in purchase of the generators, the sources added.

When contacted, registrar of the university Sareer Badshah said that there was rule of law in the country and so was the case in the university. "Everyone has some responsibility and if he fails to perform his duty, he would be punished," he said.

Regarding the fee embezzlement issue, he said that it was the university administration that conducted inquiry into the matter, lodged FIR against the accused and handed him over to the anti-corruption authorities.

About misappropriation of funds in purchase of different items, he said it was a matter of adjustment. He said funds were released for purchase of certain items, which have been supplied to the university. However, he added that the convener of the purchase committee Prof Inayat Ali Shah would be in a better position to explain the matter.

Prof Inayat Ali Shah told this reporter that the college purchase committee had nothing to do with accounts and release of funds. "Cross-cheques are issued to the purchase committee by the treasury department. The purchase committee doesn't have any account or cheque book. Our role is to recommend and facilitate. So the purchase committee cannot do anything wrong with funds," he said.

He stressed that the university should constitute inquiry into the matter and award exemplary punishment to those responsible for the misappropriation of funds. He said that there was a flaw in the system that needed to be fixed.

Fingers were pointed at the former treasurer and some other officials, who according to the sources defrauded the amount meant for payment to the suppliers.

An official of the Islamia College University said that some 51 air-conditioners were purchased for the university last year each at the rate of Rs110,000, while currently one air-conditioner of the same company could be bought for Rs85,000.

About the generators' issue, the registrar said the university has constituted a high-powered committee to look into the matter and fix responsibility. He said that action would be taken in light of the recommendations of the committee.

Islamia College University has been without a regular vice-chancellor for the last four years after the kidnapping of Ajmal Khan in September 2010, who is still languishing in Taliban captivity.

The provincial government during his absence made several experiments in context of appointment of acting vice-chancellors, but none of them could bear the desired results. The institution, which is one of the greatest seats of learning in the province, was run on ad hoc policies. Prof Dr Qibla Ayaz has recently been appointed as acting vice-chancellor of the university on some solid terms.

The quarters concerned are waiting for him to put things in order. Dr Qibla Ayaz has gone to perform Umrah so he couldn't be reached for comments.

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Despite ban, UoP conducts job demos
Peshawar: Despite strict ban by the chancellor of public sector universities on recruitments in the universities, screening tests and demonstrations for the positions of lecturers were held in some departments of the University of Peshawar (UoP) apparently to accommodate the desired candidates soon after the ban is lifted.

Sources told The News that Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan's directives were received to the university in May last, but deliberate delay was made in its implementation to favour some university departments.

Now that screening and demonstrations in these departments have been held, the sources said, the selection board would be convened soon after the ban is lifted and favorite candidates would be recruited. They suggested that after the ban, the entire process should be repeated across the board.

The university administration, however, rejected the reports as baseless that any screening test or demonstrations were held after the governor's directives.According to spokesman for the UoP, Akhtar Amin, screening tests were scheduled in three departments of the University soon after May 22 the date they received the governor's directives. "But we had to cancel all those tests. We made phone calls to the 150 candidates that night to inform the candidates that their tests have been cancelled," he added.

He, however, admitted that screening and demonstrations had been held in some other departments before the governor's directives and their selection board and other process is still awaited. The news

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