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Two finance directors drawing salary from cash-strapped KU
Karachi, Feb 25: The financial crunch faced by the universities due to a reduction
in aid from the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has jeopardised the
sustainability of various ongoing projects and also endangered the future of
those students who had gone abroad on HEC scholarships.
of Karachi (KU) is facing same problems but instead of tackling the situations
prudently, the university is spending extra money by employing two 'Directors
Finance' (DF) at the same time; one is currently serving the university while
the other has been suspended on corruption charges but continues to enjoy all
the perks of his office despite not contributing anything.
the suspended DF, was hired on that post and later given additional charges of
the Registrar and Director of the KU Evening Programme during the tenure of Vice
Chancellor (VC) Dr Abdul Wahab. The convergence of three important posts on a
single person raised many eyebrows, especially as all the university cheques are
signed and countersigned by the DF and Registrar respectively. The cheques
containing the sign of the same person in two different positions were highly
objectionable and unethical. The Evening Programme generates plenty of money and
there is no accountability and counterchecking of its accounts.
current VC, Prof Pirzada Qasim, became the acting VC after the exit of Dr Abdul
Wahab asked the KU Syndicate to initiate an enquiry into the financial dealings
of Younus Khan. The committee comprising Dr Sohail Barkati, Dr Afzal Kazmi and
Khanam Gauhar Ejaz investigated and reported their findings to the syndicate.
The report found substantial financial irregularities and the university
requested Attorney General, Sindh to arrange an audit of the KU accounts. The
auditors also found irregularities and presented their report to the then VC Dr
Zafar Zaidi and Governor Sindh but no action was taken by the two. It was the
new VC, Dr Zafar Saieed Saify, who realized the enormity of the financial fraud
and fired Younus Khan and hired S.M. Khalid as the new DF.
S.M. Khalid was removed from the post and Younus Khan was rehired. It did not
take Khan long to land in trouble again. He was issued a letter demanding
explanation followed by a charge sheet that had 106 charges pertaining to
financial irregularities. Younus was fired yet again. The new DF, after a couple
of years in his job, was found to possess a fake MBA degree and simply absconded
when his fraud was detected by the VC Prof Pirzada Qasim. In a situation like
merry go rounds Khalid was rehired.
The latest inquiry against Younus
Khan has been completed and he has been found guilty of gross misconduct in
handling the university's financial matters. Despite that, the KU administration
and the Chancellor's office have failed to take any final decision against
The major charges leveled against Khan are: serious irregularities
and instances of gross misconduct reported by the 'Inquiry Committee', which
inquired into the construction project of the three buildings for the Science
Faculty; gross violations of the provisions of the 'University of Karachi Act
1972' and of the statutes in regard to the maintenance of accounts, which were
duly considered by the Finance and Planning Committee and the Syndicate, which
he failed to explain; instances of incompetence in the discharge of his duties;
and finally, favouritism shown to certain suppliers of goods and services
indicating a strong possibility of corruption on his part.
official of the university, while requesting anonymity, agreed that the
situation was shameful that KU had to pay salary to a person who was not
working. "I am really concerned about the situation but unable to do anything as
the Chancellor (Governor Sindh) has the power to hire and fire the DF and no
action has been taken by the Governor House. In the meantime, Younus Khan is
drawing his salary, has a car and enjoying other perks. He must be smiling
benevolently over the generosity of the university," he said tersely. The News
KU forms committee to probe into matter
Karachi: Pro Vice Chancellor Karachi University (KU) Prof Dr Akhlaq Ahmed
has constituted an inquiry committee to figure out facts regarding the violation
of rules at KU examination department, as an employee of the department,
reportedly, appeared in the last BCom examination without taking any permission
from the administration, learnt on Tuesday.
A source in the
examination department said, "Prof Dr M Abuzar Wajidi, Dean, Faculty of
Management & Administrative Sciences, KU, has been nominated as head of the
inquiry committee to discover the fact and present it to higher authorities of
"Ahmed has taken notice of the issue after getting information from
some officials of the examination department who had came to know that a daily
wager, namely Irfan, had already appeared in the BCom exam. During his job,
comprising of two or three months, he appeared in the exams, which is an open
violation of KU rules."
It is pertinent to mention here that the immediate
boss of the daily wager was Shaukat Anka, who is working as an assistant
controller of the examination department. While KU Controller Examination Prof
Dr Maqsood Hussain reportedly remained unaware about the issue during the job of
the said employee.
It is learnt that the higher authorities have termed the
issue as criminal negligence of the officials concerned.
It is worth
mentioning that the KU administration has earlier cancelled a degree of a KU
employee who was appeared in the examination without NOC from the department.
On the other hand, some officials of the department are of the view that
such case should not be considered as violation of the university's rule because
Irfan was not a permanent employee of the examination department, he
When KU Controller Examination Prof Dr Maqsood Hussain contacted, he confirmed that such blunder had been reported in the
department while it was too early to declare that who did this because an
inquiry had already been conducted. "The inquiry will discover about the facts
regarding the matter. I was not aware about the appointment of the said employee
and his appearance in the examination." The Nation
KU Botanical Garden to allow visitors
Karachi: University of Karachi (KU) Botanical Garden Director Dr
Anjum Parveen has announced that the Garden (Centre for Plant Conservation) will
be open to visitors for three days a week during the summer season. Thursdays
are reserved for school and college teachers and students from 9.00am to
12.00noon; On Saturdays, the garden will be open for the general public and the
visiting hours are from 4.00pm to 7.00pm; while Wednesdays are reserved for KU
Staff and the timings are from 4.00pm to 7.00pm.
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Islamia Science College principal transferred
Karachi: The Sindh government has transferred Principal Islamia Science College Abdul
Mubeen Khan and directed him to report to the Education and Literacy
The Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA), a
representative body of teachers of Sindh has expressed its reservation over the
development which according to them was part of the conspiracy against Islamia
College Complex Building. What makes the decision controversial is that Khan who
served only for 10 months as principal of the college was on the forefront in
the struggle of teachers and students to save the Islamia College Building from
Prof. Iftikhar Azmi of SPLA said that Khan was removed
because he was active against the lobby which was trying to grab the Islamia
College Complex Building. He said that Khan remained active in the movement and
was defending the college by frequently visiting the concerned court where the
case of Islamia College Complex Building was in progress. Khan was a qualified
person and he was selected for the post after being interviewed and he also
remained Vice-Principal of the college. Azmi said that the SPLA would protest
this decision of the Sindh Education Department.
Inter-college debate held in Landhi
Karachi: Education is our asset and investment. We have to strengthen our
education system, said Syed Asif Husnain, MNA MQM.
He was speaking at an
inter-college debate competition of female students organised by Town Municipal
Administration of Landhi in connection with Hamara Karachi Festival on Tuesday.
Husnain claimed that the present city government has made a great contribution
towards educational and infrastructural development. The News
Rural-based school project launched
Karachi: The Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) has launched the Rural Based
Community Schools (RBCS) project, a new scheme under the Public Sector
Development Programme 2007-08 in a seminar held at a local hotel on
The RBCS project aims to increase access to quality education
facilities in far flung areas for disadvantaged groups of the society. The
interventions have been designed in the light of Pakistan government's education
sector reforms (2001-2011), which recognises the role of public-private
partnership for increased access, enhanced quality at all levels of education.
The project would cater to a minimum of 15,000 direct beneficiaries, comprising
students, teachers, parents and NGO staff through 250 rural based community
supported schools. These schools would be established in partnership with
grassroots level NGOs across 10 districts of the province.
Managing Director, Anita Ghulam Ali introducing the RBCS project, said it is
another landmark in the SEF's enduring journey towards making quality education
available to the most disadvantaged children of Sindh. Briefing the audience
regarding the achievements, she said the SEF had started affiliation with most
underserved and far flung communities of rural Sindh almost two decades ago
through its network of education services for children, teachers, parents and
school management bodies. She accepted the fact that without strengthening
partnership with communities and letting them take charge of their own
development, no real progress can be made towards achievement of million
development goals (MDGs).
A large number of community partners (male and
female), teachers, trainers, researchers, policy makers and NGOs representatives
hailing from different parts of the province attended the seminar. Ali claimed
that they have established a boat school at Manchhar Lake to provide education
to children of the marginalised fishermen community.
The SEF is already
running around 300 schools under three programmes, Fellowship School Project,
especially for girls, Community Supported Programme and Home School Programme in
10 districts of the province. A SEF official talking about the Home School
Programme said that it is running inside homes. The SEF mobilisers
activate community people to enroll their children in such schools. These
schools are operating in areas where government buildings exist but teachers and
other infrastructure is not available. The SEF appoints teachers, provide
training to them to activate the schools. The purpose of the SEF, he said, is to
mobilise the community to get them involved in the identified areas to ensure
more enrollment of children.
Earlier, Sindh Information Minister Shazia
Marri launched the SEF Magazine 'Sujag', which is the source of information for
the community. The minister lauded the role of Anita Ghulam Ali and her
brainchild SEF for promoting rural education. The minister reacted over the
language used by the SEF official accusing feudal lords of depriving farmers'
children of their right to acquire education. She said it was the landlords,
whose elders established educational institutes and free of cost hostels for the
poor in several areas. She said "it is the mindset, which is opposing spread of
education and it is not necessary that all the landlords are against schooling." The News
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