Education body tells varsities to cancel illegal appointments, extra salaries

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-The IUB VC has been directed to take action against those found guilty and report back within 30 days

ISLAMABAD: Taking strong exception to massive irregularities in Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB), the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PEHC) has directed the IUB vice-chancellor (VC) to de-notify more than a dozen illegal appointments of grades BS-17 to BS-20 and recover overpaid salaries on account of being a violation of pay fixation rules.

According to documents available with Pakistan Today, the PEHC also directed all public sectors universities in the province to ensure appointments as per procedures, maintain fiscal discipline and adhere to rules and regulations.

“I am directed to inform that a probe on 10 audit paras relating to Audit Report 2015-16 of IUB has been carried out on the orders of competent authority vide letter No. SO(Audit)5-188/2016 dated 04-05-2016,” the PEHC secretary states in the letter sent to IUB.

The illegal appointments covered in ten audit paras of Audit Report 2015-16 include Zuriat-ul-Zahra, who was appointed as warden (BS-17) and again as chief warden (BS-18); Farkhanda Tahseen, appointed as manager e-state care and space management (BS-18); Tahira Akhtar, appointed as career development officer (BS-18); Dr Muhammad Usman Cheema, appointed as senior officer (BS-18); Malik Muhammad Saleem, appointed as executive engineer (M)/Project Director (Works); Afzal Ahmed, appointed as P&D director; Kamran Mushtaq Malik, appointed as chief security officer (BS-20); Muhammad Latif, appointed as farm manager (BS-17); Captain Iftikhar Ahmed, appointed as security officer; Muhammad Saleem, appointed as staff officer; Hussain Farooq Usmani, appointed as assistant warden; Major (r) Saqib Aziz, appointed as Public Affairs deputy registrar in BS-18 and Dr Shahab Ahmed Niazi, appointed as assistant professor in Computer Science (BS-19).

As verified by the Probing Officer, the detail of employees who were drawing salary beyond Pay Scale Structure, in violation of Pay Fixation Rules and without any uniformity applicable structured and approved formula include Sports Officer Majid Masood, BS-16; Medical Officer Dr Maliha Ijaz, BS-17; System Engineer Zulfiqar Saeed, BS-18; Deputy Director Aurang Zeb IT, BS-18; Executive Engineer Syed Fasih-ud-Din Gillani, BS-18; University Architect Ayaz Mehmood, BS-18; Director Physical Education Amjid Farooq, BS-18; Deputy Register Shahzad Ahmed Khalid, BS-18; Professor Dr Shazia Anjum, BS-21 and Deputy Registrar Arshad Ali Khan, BS-18.

It was recommended that all these illegal appointments should be de-notified and action should be taken against those responsible, besides recovering overpayments.

“I am further directed to inform that the competent authority has desired that the illegal appointments, established during the said probe, maybe de-notified immediately. In case of any delays, the current administration shall be held responsible for non-compliance and the continuation of the illegal appointments that cannot be protected under the law, resultantly, a separate reference shall be forwarded to Chancellor, Islamia University, Bahawalpur,” the letter states.

“I am also directed to inform that the Competent Authority has desired that the administration of Islamia University may take immediate action as per law with reference to the cases of irregular payment of enhanced salaries to the illegally appointed officers/officials as given hereunder (Salary status beyond pay scale structure and in violation of pay fixation rules), it was added.

“It is directed that a separate reference containing cases of illegal appointments and illegal enhancement salary benefits may be sent to Directorate of Anti-Corruption, Bahawalpur by Registrar, IUB for necessary action against the culprits under the relevant law,” the letter further added.

 

It has been directed that the IUB VC constitute a committee involving representation from the Registrar Office, Resident Auditor and the Treasurer to scrutinise the recruitment files of all employees and treat them according to the law and report back within 30 days.