HEC recurring budget to universities
HEC may fail to release recurring budget to universities
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) may fail to release enough recurring budget to
universities to pay for the previous 50 percent increase in salary already
granted as well as the 15 percent additional salary increase announced by the
According to information, recurring grant approved for
transfer to the universities for financial year 2011-12 was 9% (Rs2.46 billion)
lower than the amount approved for the previous financial year, even though
there was a 16% increase in nominal GDP of Pakistan in financial year
HEC faced the same financial crunch last year, which was
followed by the series of protest demonstrations in universities after which the
government announced Rs5.8 billion supplementary grant. However, now HEC has
been informed that the Rs5.8 billion supplementary grant provided in fiscal year
2010-11 was a one time grant and therefore the increase of recurring grant was
calculated on the base grant of Rs23.22 Billion.
HEC Executive Director
(ED) Dr Sohail Naqvi has written letters to the Vice Chancellors of universities
informing them about the current financial crisis. "We do recognize that
additional funding is required to pay for the previous 50% increase in salary
already granted, as well as the 15% additional salary increase announced by the
Government, however, no additional funding appears to be available at this time
to the HEC for disbursement to the Universities".
Dr Naqvi informed that
HEC has been successful in negotiating approval of a 3-year $300 million IDA
loan from the World Bank, however, the loan agreement has not yet been ratified
by the government. Availability of an extra $100 million per year would resolve
the current financial problems being faced by all universities.
the concerned quarters criticize HEC for not cutting its budget and renewing the
contracts of its employees on huge packages. According to information, HEC has
renewed the contracts of 12 Director Generals including one DG Services whose
task is just to maintain the cleanliness of HEC campus.
Among 12 DGs,
five DGs are of MP scales that are enjoying all the perks and privileges besides
getting handsome salaries. "If HEC is really serious to resolve the budget
issues then it has to take a start by shrugging off the additional staff," said
Besides that the contract of Human Resource Development (HRD)
Advisor has been renewed for the seventh time. The Advisor is 67 years of age
and is getting 0.25 million salary besides other perks and privileges. "The
official (advisor) was retired in 2002 after which he has been given contract
appointment in HEC and the contract is regularly renewed after every year," said
The sources believe that there was no need to renew the
contracts of every year. "The aim of contractual employees is to train the
already available staff, not to draw the salaries on permanent basis," he
HEC Chairperson Dr Javaid Laghari said that
all universities will face a severe financial crisis is the deficit is not
covered. "We are going through a phase where there is a lot of growth in the
universities and a lot of PhD scholars are returning back and joining faculty
positions. Currently the universities are not geared towards increasing fees or
raising funds. If we are not able to financially accommodate for this growth and
attract the best scholars, it will lead to a severe loss of intellectual capital
in the country."
While answering a question regarding the massive
contract appointments in HEC, he said that HEC was already under staff. "In
other offices, there is always over staffing but in case of HEC, we are still
under staff. One of our MP post and One 22 grade post is still vacant and we
have not hired any one against these posts," he said.
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40% of results are late due to online system
Rawalpindi: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Rawalpindi, announced the
Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Annual Examination 2011 results on Tuesday.
PML-N MNA Hanif Abbasi was the chief guest on the occasion.
the results, an accused in Benazir Bhutto murder case secured third position
among male candidates in the General Group by getting 848 marks.
Ahmed alias Abdul Rasheed Turabi, an accused in Benazir Bhutto murder case,
appeared in the SSC examination from Adiala Jail. He is being kept in Cell no.
1. Rasheed, a resident of Batagram, was studying in Madrassa Darul Uloom Haqania
at the time of his arrest in January 2008. On his request to continue studies,
the jail authorities arranged for a teacher and other facilities for
Around 40% of results are late due to the newly introduced online
According to details, Fahd Farooq Ashraf of the Divisional Public
School (Boys Branch) got first position in Science Group by getting 1016 marks.
Basma Tariq of the Munir Public Girls High School, Chakwal, got second position
with 1015 marks. Sonia Basharat of the Asif Public Girls Higher Secondary School
got third position by securing 1008 marks.
In General Group, two sisters,
Hafiza Wardah Abdur Rasheed and Hafiza Maria Abdur Rasheed of the Grammar Public
High School for Girls earned first and second positions by getting 936 and 930
marks respectively. Shair Numa of the Government Girls High School, Pindigheb,
secured third position with 927 marks.
Total 110,026 students including
male and female were appeared in the SSC examination in which 31,991 male and
32,505 female passed the examination.
RBISE Chairman Dr. Muhammad Ashraf,
while addressing the gathering, said that they have introduced online system and
this was their first chance and that's why they have faced many
He said results of around 1,200 students are late and this
is because of their fault. Many students didn't write their roll numbers on
answer sheets. The board would contact them to announce their results as well.
"If there is a mistake in the result of any student then he or she should
contact us. We will correct the mistake and also return his or her fee as well,"
MNA Hanif Abbasi, while addressing the gathering, said: "We
wouldn't excel without education. For making the country stronger, the young
generation should work hard.
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Governor orders Gomal varsity VC to withdraw illegal decisions
Peshawar: Taking notice of the irregularities in the Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan, Governor Masood
Kausar has directed the vice-chancellor of the university to withdraw all the
decisions taken in violation of the established rules and implement the
recommendations made by the Governor's Inspection Team (GIT).
Governor's House had received a number of complaints about alleged
irregularities committed by Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mansoor Akbar Kundi since
his appointment in December 2009.
Reliable sources said that the
vice-chancellor was accused of appointing his near and dear ones against senior
positions without following the criteria, resorting to favoritism in
recruitment, changing Syndicate minutes, gender-based malpractices and
The governor, who is also chancellor of public sector
universities, directed the GIT to conduct an inquiry into the complaints, the
sources said. The GIT visited the university in May last and probed all the
complaints by going through the relevant record, seeking comments from the
university administration and recording statements of the officials concerned,
the sources said.
The team found that Dr Mansoor Kundi was made
vice-chancellor by former Governor Owais Ahmad Ghani, ignoring the directives of
President of Pakistan about extension in the service of the then vice-chancellor
About the appointment of his family member Abdul Hamid Kundi
as assistant registrar (legal), the committee found that no proper procedure as
laid down in the university statutes for the purpose was followed. Hamid Kundi
was appointed as assistant registrar (legal) against fixed salary for a period
of six months by the vice-chancellor in exercise of his powers under Section
13(4) of the Gomal University Act, 1974, which he can use only in emergency. The
inspection team in its report submitted to the governor stated that the
six-month period was extended twice, which is a misuse of the provision of law
The GIT recommended that the tenure of Hamid Kundi should not
be further extended. The position of assistant registrar (legal) should be
immediately advertised and the process for appointment through selection board
and syndicate should be followed as the impugned appointment is not covered
under the law, the report added.
The report also found that the
appointment of Khalid Dawar was also illegal. Khalid Dawar has been serving as
director finance in the university for the last seven years despite the fact
that his appointment is not covered under any law. According to rules, the post
should be filled through competition by a capable and highly qualified person.
The report termed Khalid Dawar's appointment as a stop-gap arrangement as
improper even though the job was advertised. It noted that the scrutiny
committee had found him ineligible for the post.
"It is quite
astonishing that a very important post of director finance is being run by a
contractual employee on fixed pay and that too on stop-gap arrangement," the
The team recommended that the appointment of Khalid Dawar
as director finance should be reversed forthwith. It recommended that the post
should be advertised immediately as the original incumbent has been
The GIT also declared the appointment of Hameedullah Khan, a
retired associate professor, as controller examination on contract basis as an
irregularity and violation of the standing orders of the apex court that no
retired officer can be appointed on contract basis against a regular cadre post.
It recommended that the contract of Hameedullah Khan as controller examination
should not be extended and proceedings for regular selection of the controller
should be undertaken as soon as possible.
The report directed the
vice-chancellor not to utilize his emergency powers conferred upon him under the
Section 13(4) of the university act so frequently and widely. It said the powers
should be used only in an emergency situation and not as a routine.
vice-chancellor was also directed to resolve differences between various teacher
However, the allegations of gender-based malpractices and
violation of merit in recruitment against different positions, both teaching and
non-teaching staff, and others against the vice-chancellor could not be
established. The news
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