KARACHI - Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) has expressed serious concern over the misuse of funds under the administration of Director-General Colleges Sindh, Dr Rafique Ahmed Siddiqui at the platform of Centralised Admission Policy (CAP) committee. The body of professors have demanded the authorities concerned to appoint Karachi regional director as chairman of the CAP committee, as reports of embezzlement of funds have been surfaced under the CAP during the ongoing tenure of Dr Siddiqui. Central President Prof Ather Hussain Mirza expressed these notions when he was speaking at press conference held on Thursday at the Library of D J Science College. President SPLA Karachi Region Prof Muzaffar Ali Rizvi, Prof Iftikhar Azmi and other members of the association were also present on the occasion. Prof Mirza pointed out that nearly Rs 9m had been earned under the CAP on account of selling of brochure and admission forms, out of which Rs 5m were spent. But there is no check and balance over such expenditures by the govt, he said, adding that such expenditures also include unnecessary disbursements, including honorarium of inefficient CAP members on daily basis. Majority of such 29 CAP members has no place in the committee; rather, they are appointed and paid with Rs 600 per day. The savings from the CAP funds should be spent in the colleges for welfare of the students. Colleges are working even without sweepers; students have become accustomed to clean their classes and desks themselves. Colleges are facing severe shortage of teachers, while the available teachers are suffering with low salaries and low job security. Last year the CAP chairman spent huge amount on account of Iftar, lunches and dinners, despite the fact that the college education and state of the college buildings in the city have become the matter of concern for all literary circles. There is dire need to end the appointments of CAP members on the recommendations of higher ups to save the money from useless expenses, while the committee should be comprised on only 15 members instead of 29. CAP funds should be audited properly by the government, he said. The issuance of permission to students for attending the classes in different colleges should be closed, while admissions should be given on merit basis, he said. He further suggested that CAP was required to set up around 14 claim form centres in every town of the city to facilitate the students and their parents. He demanded Sindh Governor, Sindh CM, Provincial Education Minister, Chief Secretary and Secretary Education Sindh to make transparent the process of admission under the centralised admission policy committee.