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Illegal appointments
- Saturday, July 28, 2012 - From Print Edition


RAWALPINDI: Under directions from the Punjab government, a special team and an ACE team have jointly started an investigation into illegal appointments made in the Arid and Agricultural University, Rawalpindi, and seized the record.


The Vice-Chancellor of the Arid and Agricultural University Dr Ahsanul Haq has summoned a meeting of the university syndicate on July 29, to get approval for blue-eyed people who had been recruited without getting formal approval from the university’s syndicate.


Although Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the university administration to advertise the recruitment and allow one-month time to potential candidates, Vice-Chancellor Dr Ahsanul Haq started recruiting the candidates only in a week. The recruitment was not allegedly being carried out in accordance with merit and Dr Ahsanul Haq had recruited his close relative as an assistant director in the university and also recruited two more blue-eyed people in BS17 and 18. Establishing a new selection board on July 20, Dr Ahsan cancelled a selection board, which was being set-up by the Provincial Secretary Agriculture Mian Mushtaq for recruitment.


Meanwhile, the university administration called the candidates on July 21 for interviews but their interviews were not conducted. The candidates were asked to report the next day and the same thing happened on July 22 and 24. Owing to the highhandedness of the university’s administration, a majority of candidates did not appear in the interview after July 24, as they had been disappointed.


Taking benefits of low turnout of candidates in the interview, the selection board appointed Vice-Chancellor Dr Ahsanul Haq’s daughter Ayesha as an assistant director and sons of two deans have been appointed as network engineer in Information and Technology Department, while sister of Food and Technology Department Chairman Dr Tariq Masood has been appointed as a store officer by the selection board.