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Sindh universities audit reports

Varsities given last chance to settle audit paras
Karachi, Dec 07: The Public Accounts Committee of the Sindh Assembly has advised all department heads and vice chancellors of four universities to initiate action against officials who failed to produce vouchers in support of the expenditures incurred at the time of audit.

Presided over by its chairman Sardar Jam Tamachi Unar, the PAC in its meeting on Monday considered paras from the audit reports for the financial years 2004-05, 06, 07 and 08 of the Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro, NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi, Liaquat University of Medical & Health Science, Jamshoro, and Sindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam.

The PAC noted that the practice of procuring vouchers and relevant record after its paras appeared in the audit report was not only a violation of the financial rules but also a cause of embarrassment for the respective institution's head when the paras were taken up for consideration at an accounts committee meeting. It was decided that the PAC would not continue to accept the practice of producing vouchers and maintenance of stock register after a lapse of two or more years.

Summing up the proceedings, Jam Tamachi later told the media that the heads of all institutions were informed that a last chance was being given to settle remaining paras, as their officials had committed to verifying the accounts by producing relevant record to the auditors. The paras left even after the next meeting would be finally recorded in the PAC report, he said.

He added that the committee was going to take up the accounts of last financial year soon, which would make a difference in the overall working as it was difficult for the head of a department to defend his predecessor who failed to initiate timely action against his subordinate officers, who either retired or were transferred to some other department, for non-compliance of financial rules.

About the grant of a conveyance allowance to the university staff residing in university accommodation, the PAC decided that the chancellor would be requested to take a firm decision instead of leaving the matter to the syndicate.

The PAC also decided that a letter would be sent to the governor and the chief minister drawing their attention towards the persisting anomaly of late filing of vouchers. The authorities would be informed that the departments did not produce vouchers at the time of audit, he said, adding that instead the vouchers were produced and verified at a later stage.

In the overall 10 paras of the Mehran University's audit reports 2006-07 and 2007-08, the auditors found Rs266.722 million anomalies pertaining to non-recovery of adjustment of advance, outstanding dues, non-accountal store articles, expenditure without inviting open tenders, expenditure without supporting vouchers, misclassified expenditures, unjustified payment of medical allowance and non-production of record.

In the Liaquat Medical University audit reports 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09, the auditors found a total of Rs45.963 million anomalies related to expenditures without inviting open tenders, non-accountal store articles, non-production of record, unauthorised transfer of funds, non-imposing of penalty.

In the audit reports for 2006-07 and 2008-09 of the NED University, the auditors found Rs87.605 million

deviating from the general financial rules. These deviations were also pertaining to expenditure without inviting open tenders, non-adjustment of advances, irregular payment of conveyance allowance and non-deduction of income tax, unauthorized transfer of funds and excess payment of commutation to pensioners.

Vice Chancellor Abul Kalam defending the expenditures of Rs31.818 million without inviting tenders said that the repeat order was awarded for printing immediate secret materials of examinations. He added the VC had powers to take a decision in emergency and he was informing the meeting about whatever happened. "But if you are not satisfied the VC is prepared to face consequences," he said.

In response, the PAC chief said: "There were very few good persons like you, as most are in the habit of misusing authority. If we condone in one case it would become a precedent," he added.

He also said that the central treasury rules were not applicable to any public sector university in Sindh. Every autonomous body was governed by its own statutes and regulations approved by its senate and syndicate.

Vice Chancellor of the Agriculture University Dr A.Q. Mughal said 80 per cent funds of the universities went to salaries, 15 per cent in utility bills and only five per cent remained for application of financial rules and those VCs who had experience of being government servant knew importance of application of financial rules but now the department heads had no experience and we were trying to provide them necessary training.

He said he had made efforts to provide all records to satisfy the auditors.

According to the audit reports, Rs28.255 anomalies were detected which were almost cleared after relevant record was provided to the auditors except an amount of Rs84,927 fee that remained to be recovered from contractors and notices were issued to them to deposit award fee.

In reply to a question, Sindh Audit Director-General Nazeer Ahmad Sehar said the PAC proceedings helped in recovery of Rs10.156 million from the employees, who had taken loans and failed to adjust them against their salaries, and from contractors against penalty for failing to execute the project on time.

Others who helped the PAC chief in the proceedings were Shama Mithani, Dr Mujadid Isran, Aamir Moin Pirzada and Mohammad Shoaib. Dawn

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SPSC in a shambles
Karachi: SPSC is completely oblivious of CCE 2008 interview result announcement, which were held in June 2010 till Aug 2010. The fate of the candidates is hanging in balance. Whenever a call is made to the SPSC office, a constant reply of 'not known' is received. The passed candidates as well as failed candidates in written exam are all in the state of confusion for SPSC has amended the 'Scrutiny' procedure; after the announcement of interview result, the failed candidates will be eligible for applying scrutiny of their copies. However, previously the failed candidates had their copies scrutinized before commencement of written exam result. Nowadays the national media is exposing corruption, embezzlement and criminal negligence stories in government echelons.

Therefore, it is speculated that perhaps behind this 'deafening silence' is nepotism, favoritism and palm greasing. This corruption rumor is in full swing among candidates and swindlers have made their way to rob innocent candidates of their hard earned money. Furthermore, there should be an objective and calculated method of conducting interviews. In the 21st century, it is a pity that we are practicing stone-age strategies. The concerned authorities should also note that if any candidate is declared unsuccessful in the interview then there should be valid reasons behind it for interview questions are quite vague and subjective. The interviewing board must also justify their actions on which the future of a candidate depends.

I appeal to the president and higher authorities to look into the matter and save the future of capable and successful candidates as they have burned midnight oil to take this exam. Pleas don't let their hard work go waste. –Hisham Mazhar (The nation)

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Karachi University celebrates Sindh Culture Day
Karachi: Vice Chancellor Karachi University (KU) Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui said that Sindh is a repository of varied cultural values and has remained the seat of civilisation and meeting point of diverse cultures from times immemorial. He was addressing the event of Sindh Culture Day organised by the Employees Welfare Association of KU on Monday. He said that the culture of Sindh is pure, sublime and unique, its significance cannot be ignored and constant efforts should be made to promote it. ppi

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Teachers not paid salary
Sukkur: Teachers from Thul, Tangwani and Garhi Khairo talukas continued their token hunger strike outside the press club in Jacobabad on Monday.

Protesting teachers held banners and placards and demanded immediate release of their salaries.

They are protesting by observing token hunger strike for the last eight consecutive days, against non-payment of their salaries since their induction some 10 months ago.

More than 110 junior teachers and 150 primary teachers were recruited 10 months ago, while latter received their salaries regularly but the former did not.

DCO Jacobabad Sajid Jamal Abro and EDO Education Azizullah Odho told journalists that teachers not receiving their salaries were in excess to the number of posts sanctioned. It was because of this anomaly that the Education Department could not allocate funds for their salaries nor the Sindh government could approve a special grant to address their problem.

The two officials said that the higher authorities in Education Department have not taken any action for the payment of their salaries despite repeated requests as they keep repeating that payments would be made once the funds were received.

Chairman, Education Cadre Promotion Committee, Haq Nawaz Noonari, leader of the Government School Teachers Association Syed Asadullah Shah and leaders of different political, social and parties' expressed their solidarity with the striking teachers by participated in their hunger strike.

Mohammad Kamran, Ali Akbar Kunrani and other teachers told the media that the teachers of three talukas have not received their salaries since last 10 months. Dawn

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