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Rs3.33 billion embezzlement detected in HEC
Islamabad, July 24: The audit authorities have detected Rs3.331 billion embezzlement on
account of mismanagement, irregularities and losses in the accounts of
Higher Education Commission (HEC) during the last year.
Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP), in its report, has raised 51 audit
objections on the HEC's accounts, 22 of these pertain to the
irregularities and non-compliance, 29 to the internal control weaknesses
and one highlights the fraud of 12 laptops.
report made several observations in five categories including irregular
awards of work costing Rs2.69 billion, non-recovery of Rs153.53
million, loss to the Commission worth Rs107.68 million, overpayments
worth Rs93.93 million, unjustified payments of Rs76.26 million to
contractors, non-imposition of liquid damages and non-obtaining of
insurances amounting to Rs105 million and misappropriation of 12 laptops
worth Rs 1.0 million.
The report said various
universities awarded Rs2,696.54 million contracts to the blue-eyed
contractors without adopting proper tendering procedure and criteria of
Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC).
Due to the negligence
of the officials of different universities, the Commission suffered a
loss of Rs93.93 million on account of overpayments, such payment of
house rent ceilings at higher rates, non-deduction of rebate, inclusion
of extra amounts in item's rate and on account of price escalation of
material and others.
The report observed that the HEC
incurred a loss of Rs107.68 million, due to non return of PhD scholars
from abroad after completion of their degrees, due to acceptance of work
at higher rates beyond permissible limits, non-acceptance of the lowest
bids and imprudent decisions by the officials of the universities.
to the audit report, the HEC officials could not recover Rs153.93
million due to non-encashment of performance security on default of
contractors and risk and cost charges.
A number of
unjustified payments worth Rs76.26 million were made to the contractors,
including the non-execution of Bill of Quantities item, extraordinary
change in the scope of work and extra expenditures in different
The report identified the misappropriations and
mismanagement of more than Rs10 million in the HEC accounts due to
mis-procurement of contracts without arrangement of competition and
non-obtaining of insurances.
"I was selected under hec indigenous scholarship program labeled as 5000 phd scholarships for all deciplines. Unfortunately hec funding system is very much poor and slow due to unavailablity of funds by govt. This flaw has made this scholarship useless for poor pakistani students. As most of talented poor students were relying on it. Those who are unable to manage it will have to quit their studies. According to hec officials the delay may prolong."
Name: HEC SCHOLAR
City, Country: Pakistan
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HEC to extend Fee Waiver Scheme
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has decided to expand its Fee Waiver
Scheme for the students of universities of southern Punjab and interior
Sindh.According to an HEC official, earlier the scheme was benefitting
the students of Balochistan, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan and now it would
be extended to the universities of Multan, Bahawalpur and D.G Khan in
south Punjab and Interior Sindh.Under this scheme, bright students from
less developed areas are provided tuition fee support while pursuing
higher education at masters and doctorate levels, the official said.
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HEC invites applications for PhD scholarships
Islamabad: In line with the government's decision to increase the number of
scholarships and to meet the targets under Mid Term Development
Framework MTDF 2010-15, Higher Education Commission (HEC) has invited
applications for award of indigenous scholarships for PhD studies in
Pakistani HEC recognised universities and degree awarding institutes.
scholarships are being offered for the academic year 2013-14 in all
areas of studies and disciplines under the project title 'Indigenous PhD
Fellowship for 5000 Scholars-Phase-II.'Scholarships will be awarded
discipline wise and as per Federal Government Provincial Quota policy
approved by the Government of Pakistan.
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HEC announces Hajvery Sufism Chair
Islamabad: To undertake various academic activities for the promotion of the values
of peace, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has decided to establish
a Hajvery Sufism Chair at one of its universities.
Chairman Dr Javaid Laghari stated this at a recent event of the Inter
University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences (IUCPSS), an
alliance of 16 universities across the country. The main purpose of the
chair would be conduct academic activities for the promotion of the
values of peace, tolerance, and interfaith harmony and towards the
understanding and propagation of sufism. The chair has been dedicated to
Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh who was great Muslim Saint and devoted his life
for preaching the message of Islam. He was a great author of his time
and wrote many books, including 'Diwan-e-She'r'; 'Minhajuddin';
'Al-Bayan Lahal-Al-Ayan'; 'Israrul Kharq Wal-Mauniyat'; 'Behrul Quloob';
'Kitab Fana Wa Baqa'; 'Birri'ayat Be-Huqooq-Ullah'; 'Kashful Israr';
'Sharah-e-Kalam'; and 'Kashful Mahjub'.
Hazrat Data Ganj
Bakhsh had brilliant knowledge of the Holy Quran, tradition, history,
jurisprudence and logic etc. that is testified by the treasure trove in
the classic 'Kashful Mahjub'. He lived in Lahore for 21 years and died
at the age of 65 in 465 A.H., in Lahore. The supreme mission of the
saint was to make the people understand true Islam. He had great skill
in discourses, debates and profoundness of thought. Hazrat Data Ganj
Bakhsh, as referred to in 'Kashful Mahjub' had written seven other
books. He also travelled extensively throughout the world including Amul
in Tabaristan, Farghana, Azerbayjan, Tabrez, Baghdad, Balkh, Merv,
Baward in Turkman, Damascus, Samarkand, Eygpt, Herat, Nishapur, Hijaz,
Isphahan, Khurasan and Kirman.
Dr. Laghari asked senior
Fellow HEC and Member Governing Board University of Health Sciences
Lahore Professor Dr. Hussain Mubashir Malik to prepare a working paper
for the consideration of the HEC to establish the chair.
Chairman Professor Dr. Muhammad Nizamuddin termed the announcement of
establishment of Sufism chair by HEC chairman as a positive step and
need of the hour. He extended thanks on behalf of the IUCPSS for
accepting the proposal of the consortium members, and over collaborative
efforts for the promotion of social sciences in the country.
columnist and writer Atta-ul-Haq Qasimi appreciated the HEC initiative.
He said that it is need of hour to promote the true message of Islam,
which is based upon affection, mutual respect, peace and as preached by
all Muslim saints in the sub-continent. Professor Dr Hussain Mubashir
Malik hoped that this Sufism chair would open a new chapter in Pakistan
and it would lead to the formation of a role model institution followed
by inculcation of peace, tolerance and brotherhood among the people of
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AIOU admissions for fall semester start
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will start its admissions for
the Autumn Semester 2013 from Matriculation to MA-MSc level programmes
in different disciplines today (July 22).
announced by AIOU Director Admissions Syed Zia-ul-Hasnain. He said that
admission forms and prospectuses for all programmes offered in the fall
semester could be obtained from any AIOU office in the country.
Admission forms along with the required fee could be submitted at any
branch of the Habib Bank Limited, First Women Bank, Bank Alfalah, Allied
Bank and at the designated branches of the National Bank of Pakistan
and Muslim Commercial Bank. The detail of designated branches is
available in the prospectuses as well as in the regional offices. Fee in
the shape of bank draft-pay order would not be accepted. The last date
for submission of admission forms is August 16, 2013.
admission forms have already been sent to all continuing students. They
can also download the continuing admission forms from the website
(www.aiou.edu.pk) of the university and deposit in any designated bank
branch with fee till due date (August 16).
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Five Pakistani universities selected for EU research grant
Islamabad: Five Pakistani universities have been selected for award of research
grant under Erasmus Mundus STRoNG TiES (Strengthening Training and
Research through Networking and Globalisation of Teaching in Engineering
Studies), a project under the Erasmus Mundus Programme supported and
funded by the European Union.
universities selected for award of grant under the programme include
Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro, National
University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Muhammad Ali Jinnah
University, Islamabad, University of Punjab, Lahore and Lahore
University of Management Sciences.
The main disciplines
covered under the programme include science, technology, engineering and
mathematics with special emphasis over electrical and electronics
engineering; information and communication technology; photonics;
biomedical engineering; computer engineering; energy and power systems;
informatics and; telecommunication engineering.
Erasmus Mundus STRoNG TiES Programme, forty-three (43) researchers
submitted their individual research proposals from Pakistani
universities in November 2012 and won the award. The programme is
implemented under the facilitation of the Higher Education Commission
(HEC) Pakistan. HEC Chairman Dr Javaid R. Laghari was invited by the
European Union Science Forum last year to deliver a keynote address at
the EU Parliament and he had subsequent meetings with EU officials to
increase Pakistan's share in both research grants and scholarships, the
outcome of which was positive and is evident with the current awards.
Following that, the Research and Development Division of HEC shared this
information with Pakistani universities and encouraged and guided them
to apply for EU research grant. The news
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