HEC billions | Bahria University convocation
Confusion over documents about spending of billions
Islamabad, Nov 29: Suspecting massive irregularities in accounts of Higher Education
Commission (HEC), the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) has threatened
disciplinary action against the Commission's management for hindering
its functions and non provision of key record pertaining to its
expenditure for the year 2012-2013.
According to audit
document available with The News, the HEC management did not provide
key financial documents to audit authorities despite repeated requests, a
move that can make it liable to disciplinary action under the relevant
The document states that management of Higher
Education Commission (HEC) Islamabad was requested to provide the record
including details of long term and short term investments; record
pertaining to deposit of surplus/unspent funds into government treasury,
and record pertaining to payments/expenditure amounting to Rs1.76
billion met out of the funds transferred from the Assignment Account No.
2159-7 to Bank account No. 7060-4 maintained with HBL, Islamabad.
is of the view that in the absence of record, the authenticity of the
expenditure could not be ascertained besides the management hindered the
auditorial functions of AGP by not providing the relevant record," says
the para 03 of the audit report. "Audit recommends that responsibility
be fixed for hindering the audit functions of the AGP besides
non-production of record to Audit," says the document.
response to objections raised by AGP, the management of the commission
replied that record of HEC employees fund accounts was provided to
Audit. Unspent balance of PSDP funds amounting to Rs30.055 million were
surrendered to Government of Pakistan against completed projects.
Regarding record pertaining to expenditure incurred from funds
transferred to Bank Account No. 7060-4 maintained with HBL Islamabad.
HEC management also mentioned that these were transferred to foreign
However the audit authorities did not accept
the response saying that "detail of other long-term/short term
investments, unspent balances of PSDP funds surrendered was not provided
to audit. Cash book, expenditures detail and vouchers of transactions
made from Bank Account No. 7060-4 were not provided."
contacted by The News, Executive Director of HEC, Dr Mukhtar Ahmed
denied that the commission is hiding any information from Audit
authorities. "There must be some misunderstanding as we have provided
them with all required information," Dr Mukhtar said adding that a
written response will be sent to audit authorities to further remove
He said if the authorities could not be
convinced the issue will be discussed in DAC (departmental audit
committee).According to audit document, Section 14 (2) of 2001 Ordinance
regarding Auditor Generals Functions and Powers states that the officer
in charge of any office or department shall afford all facilities and
provide record for audit inspection and comply with requests for
information in as complete a form as possible and with all reasonable
Similarly, Section 14(3) of the ordinance also
states that any person or authority hindering the auditorial functions
of the Auditor General regarding inspection of accounts shall be subject
to disciplinary action under relevant efficiency and discipline rules,
applicable to such person.Earlier audit authorities had also raised
serious objections on modified salary package and irregular payment of
salary to Executive Director who is principal accounting officer of HEC.
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SC directs govt to appoint HEC chairman in 15 days
Islamabad: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the government to make
appointment of regular chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC)
within 15 days.
A three-member bench of the apex
court, led by Justice Nasirul Mulk, took up law colleges' case for
hearing. During the hearing, the court remarked that no acting
appointment can be made on regular posts. The court was told that two
names had been presented for appointment of HEC chairman and
consultation process was under way. Imtiaz Hussain Gillani had been
appointed as acting chairman for the time being, it was told.
court expressed displeasure over it, remarking, "This is a regular post
and neither any ad hoc appointment can be made against this post, nor
an acting chairman can be appointed."The HEC and Punjab University
Lahore presented two reports in the court with reference to the
inspection of law colleges.
Pakistan Bar Council (PBC)
Vice Chairman Syed Qalab Hussain told the court he had reviewed these
reports and it was said therein Punjab University has completed
inspection of 24 law colleges and inspection of 10 law colleges will be
conducted soon. The court was told by the PBC that three different rules
and regulations were enacted in different years with reference to law
colleges and four weeks will be needed to review them. Justice Mulk
remarked, "We cannot make any compromise on the standard of education of
law. We cannot tolerate such long delay on this important matter;
therefore we are giving two weeks." The court directed the PBC to
evolve rules and regulations within two weeks and present report thereof
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Bahria University holds 10th convocation
Islamabad: Bahria University has incorporated in its system extra educational measures to
promote multi-faceted education. The academia should come forward with
strong commitment to contribute to the nation-building process, as the
nation is set to embark on strengthening state institutions.
views were shared by Pro-Chancellor of Bahria University and Chief of
the Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila NI(M) who was chief guest
at the 10th Convocation of the Bahria University held at the Jinnah
Convention Centre here on Saturday to commemorate the academic
accomplishments of its students.
Students were honoured
with gold medals and silver medals for their outstanding achievements in
their academic career at the convocation. The pro-chancellor of Bahria
University conferred degrees on the graduating students of masters and
undergraduate programmes. In total 965 students were awarded degrees.
Chief Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila NI(M) along with Bahria University
Rector Vice Admiral (r) Shahid Iqbal HI(M) awarded 20 gold medals and 17
silver medals to students, who achieved top positions in their
respective departments to acknowledge their outstanding performance.
Sohail, Sidra Malik, Ubbaid-Ullah Amir, Maham Khalil, Madeeha Tahir,
Usman Afzal of Management Sciences Department, Sana Mahmud and Sidra
Riaz of BSS Humanities and Social Sciences Department, Hafiz Muhammad
Bilal and Usman Shafique, Bushra Sattar, Momina Khan of Computer
Sciences Department, Kaynat Zia of BS ETM, Bushra, Masab Toosy, Bilal
Ahmed Malik, Hiba Zahra, Saad Iltaf, Hira Eijaz, Syeda Sara Haider of
Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, Haris Mumtaz, Muhammad
Owais of Software Engineering Department received gold medals on the
Addressing on the occasion, Naval Chief Admiral
Mohammad Asif Sandila NI(M) congratulated students and their parents on
their splendid success. He said "It is a matter of great satisfaction
and encouragement for all of us that university is effectively
contributing in building up human resource of the country." The naval
chief also shed light on the important role of faculty of the university
which has to be conscious of the fact that they are preparing young
people who are required to steer the nation out of the present crises
which is multi-faceted and complex.
congratulated Rector Vice Admiral (r) Shahid Iqbal HI(M) and assured
fullest cooperation and support for the development of the university.
He said that the accelerated pace of development which the university
management has embarked upon would soon make Bahria University one of
the leading universities.
Earlier in his welcome address,
Vice Admiral (r) Shahid Iqbal HI(M) expressed his gratitude to the
Bahria University pro-chancellor and chief of the naval staff for his
presence in the convocation. He said that higher education is now
considered and accepted as tool of economic growth the world over. The
universities have great responsibility of producing quality graduates
who could contribute positively in various fields for economic growth of
The rector congratulated students and their parents, and wished them a prosperous future.
also admired students honoured with gold medals and silver medals for
their dedication and outstanding achievements in their academic career
at the convocation. The rector briefly gave an overview about academic
infrastructure, faculty development, revision of curriculum and
introduction of additional academic discipline in sync with market
trends. He also talked about the establishment of a new campus in Lahore
and a girls hostel on Islamabad campus. Bahria University has
established linkages with 25 foreign universities and recently organised
a two-day international conference on 'Emerging Challenges for
Organisations in Developing Economies' in which seven international and
nine national scholars enlightened academicians, researchers and
students on the subject, he added. He also mentioned about student merit
and need-based scholarship and its amount which has been increased to
Rs25 million. This will provide an opportunity to students coming from
low-income background to pursue education at Bahria University, which
offers enabling learning environment to its students. The news
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2nd SCME convocation at NUST
Islamabad: A total of 72 graduates received degrees in the disciplines
of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the second undergraduate
convocation of the School of Chemical and Materials Engineering (SCME),
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST).
The convocation was held at the main campus of the university here on Saturday.
President's Gold Medals were awarded to Chemical Engineer Anum Shafique
and Materials Engineer Tooba Shoaib. Whereas, the Rector's Gold Medals
for the best projects were awarded to Chemical Engineer Khan Ume Salma
Danish and Materials Engineer Tooba Shoaib.
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CEO Engineer Sohail Wajahat Siddeequi extended his felicitations to the
graduating students, their parents and the esteemed faculty. He said,
"The knowledge that the students gain at the university serves as the
backbone of our industry and economy."
He advised the students to
increase their knowledge and professional expertise and give the
society their best. He said he could see prospective industrialists in
them, and hoped that they would take on professional challenges and
transform them into golden opportunities. He stressed the need for
developing academia-industry linkages and commended the NUST's role in
this area. He was all praise for the fast-paced growth of the SCME,
terming the school a glorious addition to the NUST.
Engineer Muhammad Asghar said it was indeed a matter of great pride for
the NUST to be able to produce its second batch of SCME graduates. He
apprised the audience that the school was undergoing evolutionary growth
and was offering undergraduate, MS and PhD programmes.
SCME Principal Dr Mujahid welcomed the gathering. He said, "I hope you
have not cultivated the illusion; after acquiring engineering degrees,
you have completed the learning process."
He urged them to capitalise on the acquired knowledge and utilise their energies in exploring new knowledge through research.
Wajahat Siddeequi was the chief guest at the ceremony. Besides parents,
faculty and students, a large number of guests were present on the
occasion. Daily times
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