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Sargodha University illegal campuses: AC sends suspects to Jail

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An Accountability court (AC) in Lahore has sent six suspects including former vice chancellor of Sargodha University in Jail on Judicial remand in a case pertaining to the illegal campus of Sargodha University in Lahore and Mandi Bahaudin on Thursday, October 25.

NAB had earlier arrested former vice-chancellor of Sargodha University Dr. Muhammad Akram Chaudhry and former registrar Retd. Brigadier Rao Jamil Asghar for allegedly allowing the establishment of illegal sub-campuses after receiving millions as a bribe and putting future of thousands of students in jeopardy.

Chief justice of Pakistan had asked DG NAB Lahore Saleem Shahzad to probe into the case and submit the report.

The bureau in this scam had also arrested CEO Lahore sub-campus Mian Javed, Director Administration Lahore sub-campus Muhammad Akram, CEO, Mandi Bahauddin sub-campus Waris Nadeem and his partner Naeem Mukhtar.

The illegal sub-campuses enrolled thousands of students and received a hefty sum of money as fees.

Hundreds of students of Sargodha University in September held a sit-in at the Canal Road Underpass in Lahore as they had not been awarded the degrees even after all their dues were cleared. After the protest, Supreme Court had taken a Suo Motu notice.

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As per media reports, the Vice-Chancellor Sargodha University Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmad had exposed at the court, the scam of illegal sub-campuses involving influential people.

The private campuses had been turned into money-making machines, cheating the poor and lower-middle-class parents and playing with the future of youths, explained the VC, adding that the Public-Private Partnership Policy was prepared in a haphazard manner without safeguarding the interest of a public sector university and completion of legal obligations.

University campuses were barred from new admissions on academic irregularities, mismanagement, and failure to abide by the mandatory standards set by the HEC.

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Chief justice of Pakistan had asked DG NAB Lahore Saleem Shahzad to probe into the case and submit the report.