GIK convocation | Islamia College irregularities
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
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.
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.
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.
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commodity economy had been superseded by the concept of knowledge
"The secret of success in the 21st century lies in acquiring and sharing knowledge for development and progress," he said.
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
"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
sources said the university administration probed the matter and the
accused promised to repay the amount, but he failed to do so.
interrogation, Tariq Khan alleged that former treasurer of the
university Qadir Bakhsh Baloch was equally responsible for the scam.
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.
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.
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.
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.
were pointed at the former treasurer and some other officials, who
according to the sources defrauded the amount meant for payment to the
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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