KU Ramazan timings
Karach, July 21: The registrar of the University of Karachi (KU) has announced a schedule of working hours in Ramazan. According to the schedule, the university will follow a five-day working week from 8:00am to 2:00pm from Monday to Thursday and from 8:00am to 12:30pm on Fridays. The news
KU cancels admissions on forged marks sheets
Karachi: Director Admissions, University of Karachi (KU), Prof Dr. Khalid Iraqi has cancelled admission of five candidates of BS, Honors and Pharm-D who submitted forged marks sheets of intermediate. As per a KU release here Friday these candidates include Memona Raza d/o Shahab Raza, Khalid Hameed s/o Adaalat Khan, Saeed s/o Muhammad Saeed, Darosha Nadeem d/o NadeemZahid and Sania Jawed d/o Jawed Tahir Alvi. The step has been taken after verification of marks sheets from the Board of Intermediate Education.
Meanwhile, KU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser in his message on the commencement of Ramazan Friday said Ramazan is the month of self-regulation and self-training, hoping this training will last beyond this holy month. He said if the lessons learned during Ramazan are carried on after Ramazan, their effects will be long lasting. He emphasised on the show of tolerance and patience because this trait of human personality helps a person to cope up with the challenges of every kind. ppi
NED University clarifies report
Karachi: In a story titled "NED University complains of fund shortage" published on July 19, it was quoted that the university received a cheque of Rs700 million from the Higher Education Commission at the end of the fiscal year 2011, which bounced.
The information was an inadvertent mistake. It was actually the fourth installment of the payment which was delayed by the Higher Education Commission. The news
SU rejects 'white paper'
Hyderabad: The Sindh University administration has rejected the white paper issued by the Sindh University Teachers Association (Suta) and termed its contents fabricated.
A statement issued by the administration on Friday said that the record of medical expenditure on the treatment of the vice-chancellor from January 2010 showed a total of Rs3,20602. A senior professor is entitled to a monthly medical allowance of Rs8,618 per in addition to Rs400,000 per year for hospitalisation through insurance cover.
It also denied awarding transport contract to a son of an officer. An outside individual succeeded in getting the contract through bidding.
Regarding foreign visits, it said the chancellor issued NOC to every foreign visit of a vice-chancellor.
Each appointment is made in accordance to rules and regulations applicable to employees belonging to the Sindh University Employees Welfare Association (Sewa) and, therefore, no illegal appointments were made as alleged. Late examinations fee was received through bank challans and not in cash, it said. Dawn
Ghost schools saga: minister claimed
Islamabad: The tales of unchecked corruption in the Rs8 billion National Education Foundation's Basic Education Community Schools (BECS) project are unfolding and besides 8,000 ghost schools, which have been unearthed, an ex-managing director had even caught an ex-minister claiming millions as fuel charges for vehicles in his use.
Kamran Zafar, ex-MD National Education Foundation, who is 70 and is in Intensive Care Unit of a hospital for the last two months, had intimated in black and white to the then secretary education about the grave corruption by the NEF Director Punjab and former Minister for Education.
Not only this, Kamran had also filed a writ petition last year bearing no. 1456/2011 in the Islamabad High Court highlighting the corruption in the NEF. Kamran Zafar on 05-04-2011 mentioned in his letter to the secretary that the ex-minister had claimed over Rs5m as fuel charges against vehicles he was using.
The letter reads: "The facts are that following reports of grave irregularities, financial corruption of millions of rupees in the salaries of teachers of Punjab, by Mr Faisal Shahzad reported to me by the Deputy Director NEF, Headquarters Punjab, it was decided to order an internal audit of the office, and for this purpose a two-member audit team comprising Ms Shumaila Samo, deputy director finance, NEF Headquarters and Muhammad Ramzan, accounts officer, was dispatched to the provincial office at Lahore. Faisal Shahzad, director Punjab, NEF Lahore refused to provide the audit record to the visiting audit team on flimsy pretexts, and eventually refused point-blank to facilitate the audit team. I have reasons to believe and possess credible information to the effect that the outgoing minister/chairman is at the back of this defiant posture adopted by the director. It is reliably learnt that he has used fuel worth over Rs5 million without authorisation for vehicles that have been in his and his family's use. You will kindly recall that two vehicles, including one Toyota Land Cruiser and one brand new Toyota Corolla GLI are with him for the last almost two months and he is not willing to return these vehicles to us. This is being done with tacit support of the director NEF, Punjab, his hand picked man, who was appointed in BS-20 irregularly, although he had served in NEF Lahore in Grade-16 and then left the job."
Spokesman for Kamran Zafar said that Kamran was in ICU and the allegations of harassment against him were mere allegations because a team of female employees had ganged up against him when he terminated them on corruption charges.
The spokesman said that it was Kamran who highlighted corruption in the NEF, including ghost schools, corruption in salaries of staff, misuse of vehicles and defiance of officers in Punjab. Documents available with The News also reveal that Kamran Zafar had requested the then secretary education to conduct a special audit of NEF Punjab because officers there were reluctant to conduct audit and were harassing the teams sent there to conduct the audit.
Though the former minister for education was not available but he, a few days ago, in an interview had said that MD Kamran Zafar was a political appointee of former Prime Minister Gilani. The news