The famous Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) in Islamabad is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. A three-member inquiry committee has found gross administrative and financial irregularities at the university, which is tarnishing its reputation.

The committee was formed by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) on the directives of the presidency. Upon discovering the current state of affairs at the university, the committee recommended the immediate removal of Vice Chancellor Dr Javed Ashraf. The findings of the committee have been forwarded to President Mamnoon Hussain, in the form of a 72-page report.

The president also happens to be the chancellor of QAU.

According to a source, the findings of the committee are being reviewed and soon a decision will be taken regarding what needs to be done. The source also said that it was shocking how the famous university was being run.

“The sitting vice chancellor has failed to ensure impartial, neutral and conducive working and academic environment, causing mistrust among the faculty on the systems and procedures of the university. It is, therefore, strongly recommended that the vice chancellor QAU be replaced immediately,” said the inquiry report available with Dawn.

On October 13, 2016, the HEC constituted the committee under the supervision of Dr M. A. Kamal, dean faculty of civil and environmental engineering, UET Taxila, with Dr Mazhar Saeed, the director general HEC, and Mohammad Shahid, joint chief economist at the Planning Commission, as its members.

Due to how the university was being run, the current faculty is highly frustrated and demotivated, leading to ineffective teaching and resultantly a sub-standard student body.

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