The controversy on Appointment of Director Finance by the Universities and Boards department government of Sindh

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As per the Universities and Boards Act, it is required that the Secretary Boards and universities will have to appoint Director Finance for all Universities of Sindh for the tenure of three years. The director of finance will have to work independently and report to the universities and boards to strengthen the internal controls of the accounts of all universities of Sindh. In continuation to it during 2019 the Secretary Universities and boards announced the positions of director finance. A written test was conducted by the IBA University Karachi, the test was consisting general questions, and there was no portion of the professional field. Very few candidates have cleared the written test because of the irrelevance of the test. Very few candidates have got the above 50 marks, so the government decided to call the candidates who have taken above 40 marks. This decision of the government became controversial, some of the candidates approached the court and won the case. The honorable court directed the government to conduct the fresh test and interviews. This appointment becomes more controversial when the honorable court directed all departments to remove all additional charges from all officers. As already there were very few director finances working in the universities of Sindh. The majority of director finances are holding two or more additional charges and some Additional director finance and deputy director finance are working as In-charge finance.

In compliance with both instructions of the honorable court, the secretary universities and boards have announced the positions of director finance in 11 universities only which are.

01.  Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro.

02.  The Quaid-e-Awam University of Engineering Science and Technology Shaheed Benazirabad.

03.   Government College University Hyderabad.

04.  The University of Sufism and Modern Sciences Bhatshah.

05.  Sindh Madrasa-ul-Islam University Karachi.

06.  Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University Karachi.

07.  Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University Lyari Karachi.

08.   Begum Nusrat Bhutto Women's University Sukkur.

09.  Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Shaheed Benazirabad.

10.   Sheikh Ayaz University Shikarpur.

11.   The Shaheed Allah Bakhsh Soomro University of Art Design and Heritage Jamshoro.

The position of director finance is vacant in the IBA Sukkur University, SBB Skill development Khairpur and some other universities but the positions of said universities are still not advertised by the government. The secretary universities and boards might re-announce the advertisement of remaining vacant positions.

There is another controversy that the government has constituted a search committee which is consists of Ex Vice-Chancellors. Unfortunately, there is not any member with the relevant expertise. So, it might be hard to find a competent person by this committee because they do not have any expertise in the field of Accounting and Finance.

There are also rumors that the government is going to strengthen the Sindh higher education commission. Resultantly the responsibilities of universities and boards may be reduced or removed and shifted to Sindh higher education commission.  It might affect the appointment process of the director of finance.

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