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Six PhD scholars disappear: PAC seeks recovery of Rs45.7 million from them

ISLAMABAD: Six Pakistani PhD scholars, who went abroad through government-funded programme have disappeared.

Therefore, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has recommended recovery of Rs45.70 million from the ‘absconding scholars’.

The PAC gave this order on the recommendation of the Auditor General of Pakistan which pointed out names of the missing scholars.

The Public Accounts Committee which met on Dec 27 in Islamabad noted that six PhD scholars availed the government-funded Faculty Development Programme, but after completing the PhD programmes they did not return to Pakistan.

According to the Auditor General of Pakistan PhD scholars Khurram Nadeem, Amna Shehzad, Noshaba Batool, Saima Ashfaq Khan, Saleem Jehangir and Qamar Sultan Gohar availed the programme, went abroad but never came back.

According AGP, the FDP aims at capacity building of universities to reward the faculty for developing their teaching capabilities.

The AGP audit report says: “During the scrutiny of records, it came to light that six professors availed the fully-funded PhD programme.

Executive Director of the Higher Education Commission Shaista Sohail told the PAC on Tuesday in Islamabad that NAB had recommended filing of cases against the professors a the relevant court.

Shaista pointed out that the commission had already filed a case for the recovery of the amount from the absconding scholars.

Therefore, Chairman of the PAC Noor Alam Khan directed the HEC officials to pace up the process for the recovery of the amount from these scholars.

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