Governor orders Gomal varsity VC to withdraw illegal decisions
Peshawar: Taking notice of the irregularities in the Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan, Governor Masood Kausar has directed the vice-chancellor of the university to withdraw all the decisions taken in violation of the established rules and implement the recommendations made by the Governor’s Inspection Team (GIT).
The Governor’s House had received a number of complaints about alleged irregularities committed by Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mansoor Akbar Kundi since his appointment in December 2009.
Reliable sources said that the vice-chancellor was accused of appointing his near and dear ones against senior positions without following the criteria, resorting to favoritism in recruitment, changing Syndicate minutes, gender-based malpractices and others.
The governor, who is also chancellor of public sector universities, directed the GIT to conduct an inquiry into the complaints, the sources said. The GIT visited the university in May last and probed all the complaints by going through the relevant record, seeking comments from the university administration and recording statements of the officials concerned, the sources said.
The team found that Dr Mansoor Kundi was made vice-chancellor by former Governor Owais Ahmad Ghani, ignoring the directives of President of Pakistan about extension in the service of the then vice-chancellor Farid Khan.
About the appointment of his family member Abdul Hamid Kundi as assistant registrar (legal), the committee found that no proper procedure as laid down in the university statutes for the purpose was followed. Hamid Kundi was appointed as assistant registrar (legal) against fixed salary for a period of six months by the vice-chancellor in exercise of his powers under Section 13(4) of the Gomal University Act, 1974, which he can use only in emergency. The inspection team in its report submitted to the governor stated that the six-month period was extended twice, which is a misuse of the provision of law and powers.
The GIT recommended that the tenure of Hamid Kundi should not be further extended. The position of assistant registrar (legal) should be immediately advertised and the process for appointment through selection board and syndicate should be followed as the impugned appointment is not covered under the law, the report added.
The report also found that the appointment of Khalid Dawar was also illegal. Khalid Dawar has been serving as director finance in the university for the last seven years despite the fact that his appointment is not covered under any law. According to rules, the post should be filled through competition by a capable and highly qualified person. The report termed Khalid Dawar’s appointment as a stop-gap arrangement as improper even though the job was advertised. It noted that the scrutiny committee had found him ineligible for the post.
“It is quite astonishing that a very important post of director finance is being run by a contractual employee on fixed pay and that too on stop-gap arrangement,” the report added.
The team recommended that the appointment of Khalid Dawar as director finance should be reversed forthwith. It recommended that the post should be advertised immediately as the original incumbent has been retired.
The GIT also declared the appointment of Hameedullah Khan, a retired associate professor, as controller examination on contract basis as an irregularity and violation of the standing orders of the apex court that no retired officer can be appointed on contract basis against a regular cadre post. It recommended that the contract of Hameedullah Khan as controller examination should not be extended and proceedings for regular selection of the controller should be undertaken as soon as possible.
The report directed the vice-chancellor not to utilize his emergency powers conferred upon him under the Section 13(4) of the university act so frequently and widely. It said the powers should be used only in an emergency situation and not as a routine.
The vice-chancellor was also directed to resolve differences between various teacher groups.
However, the allegations of gender-based malpractices and violation of merit in recruitment against different positions, both teaching and non-teaching staff, and others against the vice-chancellor could not be established.
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