Former Vice Chancellor of University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF), Dr. Iqrar Ahmed, who served for about 10 years and had applied for a third term as well, has been found guilty in 543 illegal appointments. As per details, four-member inquiry committee of the university, constituted to investigate irregularities in appointments has confirmed that 543 illegal appointments were made during the tenure of Iqrar Ahmed.
The Inquiry committee, comprising Dr. Zafar Iqbal of the department of parasitology (convener), Faculty of Sciences Dean Dr. Muhammad Asghar, Treasurer Muhammad Tariq Saeed and Assistant Registrar Niaz Mohyuddin, was formed by current VC Dr. Muhammad Ashraf on June.
After investigating the available record and several committee meetings, it is concluded that 543 appointments were made from time to time on ad hoc, contract and regular basis without advertising them, in contravention of government instructions and court decisions. Majority of the appointments were made even when substantive posts were not available. A glaring example of such illegalities was that at one point 52 apprentice clerks were working against one vacant post. Furthermore, the appointments were made without recommendation and approval of the competent authority.
The inquiry said that 52 school teachers of Laboratory School inside the UAF were appointed on contract without proper advertisement and following due process. It also recommended, investigation into how many teachers appointed on contract were relatives of the university employees.
Dr. Iqrar Denies Allegations
However, the accused VC, Dr. Ahmed has denied the allegations and termed it as a planned conspiracy against him. In his response, Dr. Ahmed said that all the four members in the committee were liars and had no legal authority. He said no one in the university had the power to investigate a former VC. He said this inquiry was based on vengeance by the current VC whose appointment he had challenged in the Lahore High Court.
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17 November, 2019