National University of Modern Languages scholarships
NUML rector, directors caught by own auditors
Islamabad, Jan 6: An audit report of the Army-run National University of
Modern Languages (NUML) has found that its Rector, a retired Army brigadier, was
also receiving the salary of a night watchman (security supervisor), getting tax
rebates as a researcher and had sent his daughter and son-in-law abroad using
the university scholarships.
While the NUML management has given some
lame justifications for these acts, the auditors have found them unsatisfactory.
The report finds that out of three scholarship grants, two were granted to the
Rector's family members. A grant of Rs 15.4 million allocated for setting up
linkages and exchange of visits with the Utrecht University of the Netherlands
was used for summer vacation in the UK, the USA, France and Turkey.
hefty amount collected under the head of fine from students was kept aside for
discretionary use of the management as "daily expenditures," the audit report
disclosed. Besides, dozens of appointments were made during a period of hiring
ban. One such beneficiary, Maj Gen (retd) Owais Mushtaq Qureshi, has now been
appointed as Federal Public Service Commission member.
The report finds
that Brig. (retd) Aziz Ahmad Khan, the Rector, is not the only official involved
in irregularities, he has many partners posted on senior positions like director
administration, director finance, director libraries, registrar and director
As for drawing money under the garb of a supervisor of
security guards, other beneficiaries include his director administration
Muhammad Yasin, director finance Muhammad Ashraf, director libraries Muhammad
Abbas, registrar Kamran Jahangir and director academics Saeed Akhtar Malik. The
Rector, together with his partners, impersonated as security supervisor to
collect Rs 620,549 in extra money.
Defending itself, the NUML
administration told the auditors that high-level security was organised for the
protection of a sizeable number of foreign military students in the university.
"This was the time when the security situation in Islamabad was beyond anyone's
control. It was, therefore, decided that high-level security be organised. This
included security provided by the agencies and overseen by senior officers of
the university. It would be appreciated that the whole night duty would
definitely require compensation. Hence, the amount under observation was paid.
However, as soon as these sensitive students had completed stay at the campus,
the payment was stopped forthwith," the NUML said.
The audit report,
however, turned down the plea, saying: "Security didn't fall under the
responsibility of the officers mentioned" and directed the beneficiaries to
return the money. The Rector's daughter, Ayesha, and her husband, Waqas Hassan,
are named as the two, out of three beneficiaries, who were granted M Phil
leading to PhD scholarships for study in Sussex University, UK. The criteria for
granting such awards were not adhered to, the audit report objected, noting that
there was no provision of awarding scholarship for higher education in the NUML
The university administration responding to this
objection said the criteria for selection was transparent, the candidates had
fulfilled all the conditions for winning the scholarship and that the Rector was
not part of the selection committee.
The Rector's administrative post
notwithstanding, he received 75 per cent tax rebate posing as researcher as the
facility is available to those involved in research work. Director planning
& coordination and registrar also abused this facility, the audit objected.
The NUML's reply to this charge was that PhD degree holders from foreign
university, who also work as teacher and researcher, qualify for the rebate.
This justification was also rejected by the auditors who observed that the
facility was available only to full-time teachers.
As regards the use of
Rs 15.4 million allocated for setting up linkages and exchange of visits with
the Utrecht University, the project was intended to promote research and
development at the postgraduate level. A department called "Government and
Organisational Science" was to be established with similar system in currency at
the Utrecht University. The staff was to be trained by the Utrecht University
with its staff biannual visit to Pakistan be arranged. It was not done; instead
the NUML management started using it for foreign visits.
of the project mainly depicts the picture that the programme was made to have
foreign visits to UK, USA, France, Netherlands, Turkey during vacations of the
university," noted the audit report.
The NUML administration replying to
this objection said that the PC-1 provides that joint faculty visits will be
undertaken by the Pakistani side in May and June every year because in June and
early part of July, Utrecht's faculty and administrators are free from their
routine assignments and can spare more time for research. However, the
management didn't reply as to how the visits to other countries were undertaken
using these funds.
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RBISE FA Supplementary result
Rawalpindi: Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education, Rawalpindi will announce the result for Intermediate
Supplementary Examination on January 8 at 10am.
The copies of the gazette may be
obtained after getting a token from Habib Bank Limited, Rahmanabad Branch on
payment of Rs400, said an announcement by the Board here Tuesday.
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Students complained about scarce facilities at private college
Peshawar: The students of Peshawar College of Engineering have complained of lack of
facilities at the institution despite being made to pay a huge fee.
of students of the college said they were not provided any
facility despite paying high charges.
They said the mess in the lone hostel of
the college was in a deplorable condition. There were no electricity, no gas and
no water in the hostel, while the college administration was charging each
boarder Rs15,000 per year, they alleged.
They said three students were
allowed to occupy one room. Thus, a room has been rented out to a student for
Rs45,000 each, they added.An equally pathetic situation can be observed at the
college, the student alleged. They said the college lacked qualified faculty and
laboratories were almost non-existent.
Fed up with the situation, the
students said they had staged a peaceful demonstration on the premises of the
college on January 2 to press the administration for providing them the required
The administration, instead of looking into their concerns,
called police who arrested all the boarders. "We were kept in custody for 24
hours at the Badaber Police Station. As there was no charge against us, we were
released without producing us in any court of law," one of the students said on
condition of anonymity.
When contacted, Principal of the college Dr
Fayyaz Noor rejected the allegations as baseless. He said some senior students
had virtually taken over the hostel and were not following any
"When I returned from abroad, I appointed an administrator at the
hostel to put things in order. The students were opposed to the appointment of
the administrator, who is a thorough professional and honest man," he
The principal said the best meals were being provided to the
students. "We charge the students Rs2,000 a month for three meals a day. We have
subsidised the hostel mess," he argued.
About the qualification of staff,
he claimed that the best faculty had been recruited in the college. "I myself
have remained a professor of electrical engineering. I am PhD in my subject and
have also done my master's in education from USA," he said.
laboratory and other facilities, Dr Fayyaz Noor said the Pakistan Engineering
Council (PEC) had registered the institute. "Had we lacked facilities, PEC would
have never registered us," he pointed out.
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IIUI Newsletter on bomb blasts
Islamabad: It was not a case of two bomb blasts; it was a blatant attack on the pious grounds of a
citadel of learning; a blow to the education system of the country, and a
cowardly attack on unarmed, innocent boys and girls, who were in the University,
fulfilling their religious duty of the pursuit of knowledge.
comments are part of a special edition of the Newsletter of the International
Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) that appeared here Tuesday.
special edition has given horrifying accounts of the twin bomb blasts at IIUI on
October 20, 2009, alongside complete details of the martyrs of this tragic
incident with a list of those injured.
President IIUI Dr Anwar Hussain
Siddiqui is the Newsletter's patron-in-chief while Vice President IIUI Parveen
Qadir Agha is its patron, Director Academic Policy Gulzar Ahmed Khwaja is its
advisor and Deputy Director Public Relations Syed Muzammil Hussain is its
The Newsletter carries the messages of Rector IIUI Prof Fateh
Muhammad Malik, and the IIUI president respectively. The rector in his message
said it is very tragic that terrorism has been linked with Islam whereas Islam
has nothing to do with this alien phenomenon, as Islam is a religion of peace
and harmony. He reiterated that the University would continue its march towards
excellence in education.
Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui in his message said,
"There are elements who are against the University because of the uniqueness of
its nature of providing equal opportunities to girls by way of providing all
types of disciplines in education, including science and technology. They study
in an exclusive environment to the satisfaction of their parents and come from
all over the country. Perhaps those elements intended to frighten us. But I am
proud to say that the resolve of our staff and students, particularly the girls,
The Newsletter also includes two articles by Mrs Parveen
Qadir Agha and Gulzar Ahmed Khwaja in which Parveen has spoken on IIUI's
response to a cowardly attack while Khwaja spoke on the tragic incident itself.
The Newsletter also carries details of two massive 'Save Pakistan
Rallies', held at the University soon after the bomb blasts.
picture gallery, the Newsletter has given photographs of the martyrs i.e. Hafiz
Nafees Anjum, Hafiz Khalil ur Rehman, Amna Tahir, Amna Batool, Tayyaba Hina,
Aqsa Malik, Hina Nawaz, and Sidra Khalid. A special section has been given to
Pervez Masih, janitor of the Female Cafeteria, who laid down his life while
Tributes to the University staff, condolences by
national and international community and a number of Urdu and English
writings/poems by IIUI students are also part of the Newsletter. The edition
also carries media coverage of the bomb blasts and their aftermath.
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BUITEMS 5th convocation
Quetta: The Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering & Management Sciences (BUITEMS)
organised its 5th Convocation here on Tuesday. On the occasion, degrees and
certificates were confered on graduates who had completed their masters in
Buitems is considered amongst the leading universities of
the country, accessible to all, imparting quality education and promoting
cutting- edge research. Meanwhile, the universty administration on the occasion
of successful holding of the 5th Convocation announced holiday for its students
on 6th January.
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PMI training activities
Islamabad: Pakistan Manpower Institute (PMI) is providing skill development training to over 700
employees from public and private sectors in different disciplines every
Director Muhammad Azam said the objective of the Institute is to conduct training and research activities in the
disciplines of Human Resource Development, Human Resource Management,
Information Technology and other labour related issues.
He said the
training programmes are arranged with the objective of providing human resource
research services to government departments, public corporations and private
establishments that could contribute towards the country's development.
Muhammad Azam said the institution works to stimulate interest in human
resource problems generally and to cooperate and assist other human resource
research agencies, institutions or professional associations.
various programmes, PMI imparts training to 35-40 people, selected from
different departments in each course, while regular courses are offered over 20
times in a year.
Besides these human resource development and management
courses, PMI also holds seminars and workshops for the employees and introduce
latest computer short courses for improvement in the skill development of
people, he said.
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Pilot school milk programme
Islamabad: Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) has launched a Rs22 million pilot project of
School Milk Programme aimed to provided milk on a daily basis to over 5,000
primary schoolchildren in 41 schools in Union Council Rasoolpur, District Rahim
National Rural Support Programme (NRSP), a major PPAF partner,
has started the project's implementation from the first week of January 2010,
says a press release.
PPAF has already conducted a representative
baseline survey of the children's health and nutritional status in the project
area presently, and an assessment exercise would be conducted on the project's
completion to measure the impact on children.
PPAF would provide over
Rs19 million for the project while Tetra Pak Pakistan would make a contribution
of Rs1 million for implementing the project besides providing the packaging
material at special rates to Shakarganj Food Products Limited, which would
supply 200ml packs at a discounted price.
Kamal Hyat, Chief Executive
Officer/Managing Director PPAF, said the School Milk Programme would encourage
school going kids and help in raising their health and educational standards.
Azhar Ali Syed, Managing Director Tetra Pak Pakistan, said this pilot project
would motivate kids to go to school. The news
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