Internal politics at the Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) has not only stopped the hiring process on vacant seats, but also created many issues for the candidates who are visiting the university daily for their interviews and are being kept on waiting for hours for arrival of interview board.
Daily hundreds of candidates, including females, are visiting the university for their interviews, but university administration has no answer for them when their interviews would be conducted, as higher command of the university is facing political pressure and internal university politics in this matter.
While talking to ‘The News,’ Muhammad Tahir, a candidate for project director, said that this is the third day he was visiting the university for his interview, but there was no one to tell him what the actual problem was and when university would conduct the interviews. He said like him hundreds of candidates, including females, have to wait for hours while fasting in the holy month of Ramazan. “I am already doing a job in a university and I can’t get leave every day for my interview so concerned authorities should take notice of the problems of the candidates and solve the issue as soon as possible,” he added.
Mohammad Bilal, another candidate, said that the process of interviews is simple as after advertising the vacant posts, the university board should have conducted the interviews. “I don’t know why some university officials are delaying the hiring process creating many problems for the candidates,” he added.
A university professor, on condition of anonymity, told this scribe that a group of employees of the university was trying to delay the hiring process and to defame the vice chancellor of the university. He said this group was in power for the last many years because of former VC and was getting maximum benefits, but now VC Dr. Irfan Ul-Haque is following rules and regulations and working for the benefits of all the staff members, which this group doesn’t want that’s why they are tying to create hurdles in hiring process.
When ‘The News’ contacted PMAS-AAUR Registrar Dr. Arshad Nawaz Chaudhry, he said that they are following the rules and regulations and there is nothing illegal in hiring process and anyone could come and check this process. Talking about the problems of the candidates who come for interviews for vacant posts, he said: “We have made arrangements for them and trying our level best to facilitate them. We understand their problems, but the hiring process has been stopped for now and as soon as the process would resume, we would call all remaining candidates for the interviews,” he added.