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University of Karachi fraud case

KU maintains silence over fraud case
Karachi, Aug 07: Though being directly responsible for the financial loss to three of its outstanding students who had been deprived of a hefty amount by a man impersonating a top Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader, the administration of Karachi University is unwilling either to fix the responsibility or to share information about the fraud case.

However, the varsity administration has reportedly approached the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to conduct a probe into the incident, which occurred some three weeks ago.

According to sources, on July 15, the KU vice chancellor received a call from a person who introduced himself as Jahangir Badar, the secretary-general of the PPP. The man called from cellphone number: 0333-8644412.

They said that the man informed the vice chancellor that the government had decided to honour the country's brilliant university students by awarding them valuable gifts under a programme named after the late Benazir Bhutto. The man asked the VC to forward names of some brilliant students of the varsity.

The vice chancellor passed on the matter to students' adviser Prof Dr Tanvir Khalid and upon contact, the man said that the names of two students were required on an urgent basis.

Acting in haste, names of two position holders - Hina Zaheer of the Mathematics department and Fahad Mehmood of the Business Administration department - were provided to the caller, the sources said, adding that in addition, alternative names of two more students were also given to him.

However, the varsity administration made no efforts to establish the authenticity of the caller, informed the students about the offer and asked them to talk to the person.

Upon contact, Ms Zaheer and Mr Mahmood were told that the government had decided to gift imported Toyota Corolla cars, but they were required to pay their duties. Knowing the offer, the students again contacted the varsity officials and were reportedly given assurances about the caller's credentials and asked to deposit the amounts without any worries, said the sources.

The students contacted the person again and were told to deposit Rs215,000 and Rs105,250, respectively. Ms Zaheer expressed her inability to do so and was told that she could deposit Rs50,000 initially and the rest could be paid in instalments. On July 16 she deposited the amount in Muslim Commercial Bank's Korangi branch in account No: 017801010111266.

According to a varsity letter sent to the FIA, the impersonator also talked to the bank manager and instructed him to make an online payment. After depositing the amount, Ms Zaheer was told to go to the Karachi port where a man, Syed Zeeshan Hasan Kirmani, would hand over the car to her. The girl reached the port with her parents, but couldn't find the person there. She rang up the person again and was told that the keys of the car would be given to her at a ceremony at a local hotel.

Meanwhile, Mr Mehmood deposited Rs105,250 in the MCB's Paper Market branch (MCB deposit slip No: 0592588) and then he was asked to rush to the Port Qasim to get the car from the deputy collector customs. As the relevant person was not available there, he, too, was instructed to go to a hotel.

Both students met at the same hotel where they kept on waiting and left the place after constantly finding the caller's cellphone switched off.

The students immediately registered their complaints with the university, which failed to act swiftly. Indeed, the FIA was requested to initiate a probe into the fraud case a few days later.

It also emerged later that a third student, whose name was also given to the impersonator by the university itself, had also deposited an amount of Rs210,000. His father approached the university officials, but was told that the university couldn't look into his case since the student acted on his own.

The KU VC didn't respond to the repeated calls.

However, the students' adviser, Prof Khalid said that the process had been initiated to look into the case and it was too early to say anything. "There are things to which you can't reply in absolute yes or no. You need to wait," she said.

Asked whether she took responsibility for the loss of money as she didn't make any inquiries about the caller, she said that such measures were not taken in cases which involved reputed persons. "I am not responsible. The person talked to the vice chancellor directly."

About the third student, she said: "He acted on his own. The university is not responsible".

She said that the vice chancellor would decide whether to compensate the two students.

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VC accused of doling out jobs to 'outsiders'
Hyderabad: A large number of Sindh University employees took out a rally from Jamshoro campus and demonstrated at the university Model School Hyderabad on Friday. Later, they staged a protest sit-in outside the local press club to press the university administration for the acceptance of their demands.

The rally was taken out under the banner of Employees Association.

The office-bearers of the association said that land-grabbers had occupied hundreds of acres of university land in connivance with the university administration. They said that this was the reason that the employees were not being allotted plots.

They said that the university syndicate had adopted a resolution that the children of the retired and expired university employees should be given priority in employment but the vice chancellor and the university administration were appointing their favourites and accused them of appointing 50 outsiders.

They said that the working time of the employees had also been increased by two hours and threatened to close the university if the problems of the employees were not resolved. Dawn

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BSEK to remain open
Karachi: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) has notified that its offices would remain open on Saturday (today) on account of issuance of the mark sheets for Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Part-II (Class X) Science Group Annual Examination 2010. All heads of the recognised secondary schools that have not collected the mark sheets so far were requested to send their representatives with the authority letter to collect them on Saturday (today) from Conference Hall, Block B between 10am to 3pm. Meanwhile, the BSEK has also notified for the information of all concerned that due to unavoidable circumstances in view of the prevailing situation in the city, the last date for acceptance of fresh/renewal of recognition (without late fine) has been extended by August 10. All other datelines will remain unchanged. ppi

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M Phil, PhD degrees awarded
Karachi: The registrar University of Karachi (KU) has announced that the Board of Advanced Studies and Research (BASR) has approved the award of PhD and M Phil degrees in its meeting held on August 6 (Friday). A total of eight M Phil and 13 PhD degrees were awarded to the candidates from various departments.

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Dr Tahir's PhD thesis published
Karachi: The doctoral thesis of Dr Tanvir A. Tahir, Executive Director, All-Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), has been published by the Pakistan Studies Centre, University of Karachi, according to a Press release of the APNS issued on Friday.

Titled "Political Dynamics of Sindh,1947-77", the work is an in-depth analysis of the political developments in the province over the first three decades of Pakistan's existence. It deals with the undercurrents that figured in shaping the politics of Sindh from the period immediately preceding Partition right up to the end of the Bhutto era in 1977.

The vivid treatment of issues in the book is likely to serve as ideal source material in the light of which the present conflicts and watershed events in the province can be understood. The news

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