Probing anomalies in Swabi universities
Irregularities of various kinds in some KP universities were lately in the news. Now it appears to be Swabi’s turn. The Provincial Inspection Team started an inquiry into the illegal recruitments made firstly in the Swabi University and secondly in the Women University Swabi, during the tenure of the present government. In a letter, the Registrars of both the universities were asked to provide the complete records of recruitments made on a regular and contract basis.
At the moment, Professor Dr Syed Mohammad Mukarram Shah is the acting Vice-Chancellor of both the universities. So he was asked to provide the record of the procedure followed in advertising the vacant posts, the process of selecting the candidates, and the minutes of the scrutiny committee. In this regard, the VC adopted the narrative that he was clean-handed. He said that he had not committed the violation of the rules and regulations of the universities. He said that he had provided the required record to the probe body.
Giving details, he said that former Vice-Chancellor of the Swabi University, Professor Dr Imtiaz Ali Khan, had started more than two dozen departments. He said that when he took over the charge, the contract of the teachers employed had expired, while the students had entered the sixth semester. Therefore, in order to save the future of the students, he sat in consultation with the Dean and the Heads of Departments (HODs).
By remaining within the ambit of law and with mutual consultation, the posts falling vacant were advertised and recruitments were made. As far as the case of the Women University Swabi was concerned, a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) had been formed on its Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dr Shahana Urooj Kazimi. He said that taking approval from the University Syndicate and the Scrutiny Committee, he made recruitments, which fell well within the powers of a vice-chancellor.