‘Massive’ Irregularities Found In Funds Of Sindh’s Public Universities
‘Massive’ irregularities have been found in funds of several Public universities and boards in Sindh. According to the Express Tribune, ‘the officials not only misappropriated funds but were also fraudulently transferring the money between accounts and violating various rules governing the use of funds and personnel appointments against various posts’.
An Audit Report of 2017-18 revealed that NED Engineering University in Karachi caused losses of Rs63.2 million by failing to complete a doctoral degree within the given timeframe. The NED vice-chancellor recommended around 8 assistant and associate professors for Ph.D degrees in various foreign universities for a time period of 3 years, but none of the academics completed degrees in the given time.
“It creates doubts on the selection of proper persons recommended for scholarships, or deliberate inefficiency due to ill intention shown by teaching staff aboard,” the auditor general said. He said that even after spending 6 years to pursue Ph.D, the professors are being granted extensions which is totally against the rules and regulations.
The auditor general also revealed that appointments were made on basis of personal likes and merit was thrown out of the window. For the position of IT manager, 13 candidates who fulfilled the criteria were ignored in favour of a man named Shafiq who didn’t fulfill the criteria.
The audit said that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto University (SMBBU), Larkana spent Rs9.5 million in 2015-16 to buy new vehicles, even though there was a ban on the purchase of vehicles at that particular time.