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KP medical colleges entrance test | Peshawar University scam

Entrance test in KP for medical, dental colleges
Peshawar, Aug 28: Only 2,000 students out of the 21,767 who appeared in the recent entrance test 2014 for admission to the medical and dental college in both the public and private sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would be admitted due to the limited number of available seats.

The remaining more than 19,000 would be unable to get admission in any of the several public and private medical and dental colleges in the province even though they are all first divisioners and talented.

The entrance test was conducted on Sunday at four centres in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at Peshawar, Abbottabad, Dera Ismail Khan and Mingora (Swat). The Educational Testing and Evaluation Agency (ETEA) conducted the entrance test while the Khyber Medical University, Peshawar provided logistics support and made the arrangements for the purpose.

Dr Hafeezullah, vice-chancellor, Khyber Medical University said that only 2,000 seats for admissions were available in all the public and private sector medical and dental colleges in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said it was true the students appearing in the entrance test were all first division holders, but there were no more seats available to accommodate all or most of them.

The number of candidates seeking admission in medical and dental colleges in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been increasing every year. The public and private sector medical and dental colleges have also increased in number and medical educationists and senior doctors have been expressing concern over their mushroom growth and the likely deterioration in maintaining educational standards.

In comparison, the number of students seeking admission and appearing in the entrance test for the engineering colleges and university in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has recorded a decrease as 14,000 candidates appeared in it this year compared to 18,000 last year.

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Swabi Medical College principal named
Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has appointed senior gynaecologist Prof Dr Iqbal Begum as principal of the Gaju Khan Medical College in Swabi district and Chief Executive of the Swabi Group of Teaching Hospitals.

Dr Iqbal Begum is working as a professor and head of gynae ward at the Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) and Khyber Girls Medical College (KGMC) in Peshawar.

The government has given her the task of establishing faculty for the medical college and up-gradation of the adjacent hospital that would serve as tertiary care hospital for the Gaju Khan Medical College. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led provincial government had announced the medical college in Swabi last year in June and appointed Dr Jehangir Khan as project director of the college.Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar, who also belongs to Swabi, had announced last year that classes in the medical college would start in 2014.

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Rs13m scam at University of Peshawar being hushed up
Peshawar: The Rs13 million scam at the Institute of Chemical Sciences, University of Peshawar, was tactfully hushed up by holding one senior clerk responsible for the entire mess, who managed to get bail before arrest (BBA), while the high-ups of the institute were given a clean chit.

The financial embezzlement had been made about one year ago, when Prof Dr Imdadullah was the director of the institute. The matter hit the headlines in various newspapers about a month ago, prompting the university administration to conduct an inquiry into the matter and fix responsibilities.

Sources said the funds had been withdrawn from the account of the institute for the purchase of chemicals and other equipment in violation of the set procedure. All the cheques were properly signed by the former director Imdadullah. Also, no purchase was made and the fund Rs13 million was embezzled, said the sources.

"Actually two inquiries were ordered into the matter, i.e. one fact-finding and the other procedural inquiry. The fact-finding inquiry has submitted its report and given recommendations, while the procedural inquiry is still investigating the matter," said an official at the university administration.

He said the matter had also been reported to the Anti-Corruption Establishment and National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which would conduct separate inquiries. The university administration also lodged an FIR against a clerk of the institute, Arif Ismail, who confessed to misappropriating the funds and deceiving the former director.

The fact-finding committee headed by Prof Dr Gulzar held the clerk responsible for the entire scam. The committee also charged the former director with negligence and suggested halting his pension, the slightest punishment that can be made in such cases.

According to the committee report, the director did not know the procedure of fund withdrawal and the clerk deceived him, which is why they recommended the minimum punishment for him.

The committee also recommended stern action against the clerk and recovery of all the funds. The committee also suggested to put his name on the exit control list. The anti-corruption and NAB authorities are yet to probe the matter and take action, sources said.

The sources said the university administration dealt with the matter very tactfully and saved the skin of the former director. They said the clerk should be punished for misappropriation of the funds, but the matter was not that simple that only one clerk was involved in embezzling such a large amount.

"Currently, the clerk has confessed to have withdrawn the entire amount alone. But he can take back his statement at any stage. All this seems to be properly planned," an official of the institute said on the condition of anonymity.

The sources said that every chairman or director was authorised to withdraw only Rs25,000 for the purchase or other needs from the account of his department, institute or centre. "If the fund exceeds Rs25,000, the vice-chancellor will give approval and even the vice-chancellor can approve fund up to Rs75,000 only."

Even after the approval by the vice-chancellor, the funds can be withdrawn after thoroughly checking all the receipts, which should be signed by all members of purchase committee of each department, the sources added. Any amount exceeding Rs75,000 for purchase or other work would be advertised in newspapers and quotations would be sought from at least three companies, they said.

"In the case of the Institute of Chemical Sciences, funds amounting to Rs1,300,000 have been withdrawn on the signature of the former director without following any procedure and the committee finds him innocent, it is ridiculous," said an official.

Prof Imdadullah, who retired from the university recently, is currently serving at the National Testing Service (NTS) in Islamabad. He could not be reached on his phone for comments despite numerous attempts. The news

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