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CSS exam: HEC staff job security: Officials accuse QAU

CSS exam from today
Islamabad, March 15, 2008: The Central Superior Services (CSS) competitive examination 2008, under the aegis of Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC), will commence today (Sunday) at 16 centres across the country. The candidates are advised to report to their respective examination centres 15 minutes prior to commencement of examination. App

HEC staff worry about job security
Islamabad: The high ups of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) have been waiting for their fate in the office, whether the new government would decide to continue with the existing staff or adjust their own people as most of them have been working on contract basis.
The fear of losing the jobs has gripped the employees who have been working on ad hocism and there is also a possibility that the new government may halt the progress on many projects on which millions of rupees have been spent.

As prevailing political uncertainty in the country is hampering the routine matters in all the departments and people have adopted 'wait and see' policy until the new government takes over, the situation in the HEC is no different and the work on most of the projects have been slow down.

In the commission total 800 employees have been working and out of that only 200 are regular employees. Nearly 600 employees who have been working on contract basis fear that the new government would appoint their own people, which will leave them unemployed.

Nearly eight high-ups, including Chairman Dr Atta-ur-Rehman and Executive Director Sohail Naqvi, appear to be more worried than common employees about their fate as they would be the foremost targets of the new government who have been getting huge amounts monthly in terms of their salaries.

They have pinned high hopes on the PML-N ministers and have little expectations from the PPP-led government. They have been anticipating that if Ahsan Iqbal takes over it would be a better situation for the employees of MP-Scale who are considered to be top brass of the commission.

The commission was founded through a presidential ordinance on September 11, 2002, following the recommendations of the "Task Force on Higher Education", which annually obtains 28 billion rupees in terms of budget allocations. The Nation

2 officials accuse QAU of not following rules
Islamabad: Two senior officers of the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) have accused the vice chancellor of terminating their services for what they termed on the basis of personal grievances and ethnic prejudice.

Services of two senior officers of the university - registrar and project director of the Taxila Institute of Asian Civilisations (TIAC) - have been terminated by the university allegedly without following proper procedure. One of the terminated officers has allegedly not even been enlisted on the regular payroll of the university, which was promised to him in the initial contract.

The university management, when contacted, offered no comment, arguing that the matter is sub judice and pending in a court of law.

Sajid Sohail, registrar of the Quaid-i-Azam University, who has been removed from the office, while talking to 'The News,' alleged that the vice chancellor had removed him without giving any reason and the apparent reason behind his removal was that "he did not follow his illegal instructions". He claimed that there was law of the jungle in the university when he took over the charge as registrar. He said that due to his strictness regarding merit, a group of teachers was unhappy with him. He claimed that his track record was clean and one could not prove even a single allegation against him. "When a registrar is terminated from his post first a show-cause notice is issued then a charge-sheet is drawn against him. Afterwards an inquiry commission is constituted to probe into the matter," he said. He added "But nothing has been followed in my case and I was just asked to leave my post by the vice chancellor." He also alleged that he was physically assaulted by some blue-eyed professors on the orders of the vice chancellor.

He said that he went to the court and the court has stayed the orders of the vice chancellor and directed the university to return the charge of the registrar to him but the vice chancellor was not paying any heed to court order.

Qasim Jan, vice chancellor of the university, when contacted, said that the case of the registrar was in the court and the university would not comment on the issue. While the official spokesman of the university, Dr. Nazir, said that it was only the vice chancellor who could comment on such a sensitive issue.

In the second case, the vice chancellor was allegedly not enlisting a project director on the payroll of the university, a right guaranteed to the project director by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) before the start of the project. The project director has also appealed in the High Court and it has given a verdict in his favour but the vice chancellor was allegedly not paying any heed to that verdict as well.

Abid Hussain Memon was appointed as project director for strengthening the Taxila Institute of Asian Civilisations at Quaid-i-Azam University with the approval of HEC in August 2005. The minutes of the 30th meeting of the DDWP held under the chairmanship of the HEC executive director stated: "The chair desired that all major changes need to be justified and all undesired items should be eliminated. It was made clear that institute is a constituent part of the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, and after completion of the present project, the employees of the institute will stand transferred to the payroll of the university."

According to sources in the Quaid-i-Azam University, Abid Hussain worked as project director of the Taxila Institute of Asian Civilisations for two years and his contract ended in June 2007 but he sought an extension of six months from the Higher Education Commission (HEC). The extension was granted by the HEC but the university administration terminated the services of Abid Hussain Memon on July 7, 2007, while the HEC had already extended the project. The university administration did not enlist Abid Hussain to the payroll of the university after the completion of the project. He went to the High Court for relief. The court ordered the HEC and Quaid-i-Azam University to give comments, on which the HEC had given in writing to the court that Abid Memon was promised in the initial contract to be enlisted on the payroll of the university after the completion of the project but the Quaid-i-Azam University did not give its comments.

According to documents obtained from the university, Abid Hussain Memon twice gave joining in the university after the High Court's orders, once on 11-12-2007 and secondly on 12-02-2008, when the court issued an order in his favour.

Abid Hussain Memon, when contacted, said that he was denied enlisting to the payroll of the university despite court orders. He said that he had appeared before the registrar but all administration staff had no answer to his questions. He confirmed that he had twice given the joining but was not accepted by the university administration.

The official spokesman of Quaid-i-Azam University, Dr. Nazir, said that the court has transferred the case of Abid Hussain Memon to the Federal High Court and the issues which were in courts did not need any comments.

But Abid Hussain said that the High Court has passed an order in favour of him and showed a copy of the court's order to this correspondent in which the court has directed the university to submit its comments within 15 days to avoid any punitive action against the university. The News
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