Srinagar, Feb 27: In a surprising move, authorities at Government Degree College Kulgam here in South Kashmir invited Arts faculty to speak in a science seminar allegedly to embezzle the funds released for the event.
The seminar titled ‘Role of Biochemistry in Science, Health and Education,” was organized to spread awareness and promote science. The special grants were accorded for this event by the Higher Education Department.
Most of the speakers and invitees in this seminar organized by Department of Biochemistry were from non-science faculty and were not able to speak on the scheduled topic.
The non-science faculty members were invited to suppress the actual fee meant for the speakers.
Vice Chancellor, Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) Prof. Mushtaq Siddiqi was the chief guest on the occasion while Ajuzul Haq from Biotechnology Department of Kashmir University performed the duties of guest of honour.
Technical session was attended by Shazada Ashraf of political science department, Riyaz Ahmad Shah of Mathematics department.
The vote of thanks was presented by Manzoor Ahmad of English faculty.
Insiders told Kashmir News Trust that not a single member from Science faculty was invited for the seminar. “Neither they were present in the seminar nor were they invited by the Principal Abdul Rehman Najar,” they said.
A Professor said on condition of anonymity that the seminar became of butt of jokes after those who barely know ABC of Science started giving sermons on Bio-Chemistry. “This is how funds are misused. The matter needs to be thoroughly probed while the Principal should be asked why he kept Science faculty at by and invited non-science faculty members for the event,” he said.
Insiders further added that the grants provided by Department of Higher Education for the said seminar will now go into the kitty of the organizer of the Seminar.
The organizer of the seminar and the Principal Abdul Rehman Najar said that he had involved members from Science faculty as well while the faculty members of Arts only managed dice and other activities.
Secretary to Higher Education, Talat Parvez said he will look into the matter.