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Violation of rules goes unchecked at BUITMS

ISLAMABAD, Aug 8: The staff of Balochistan University of Information Technology and Management Sciences (BUITMS) Quetta have charged its administration with violating the rules and regulations for admission to the University and even appointing third division holders as Assistant Professors and Lecturers without following laid down procedure.

The employees said the administration has been appointing near and dear ones in sheer disregard of all rules and regulations of the university. They said that the public money is being misused and the image of the university is being tarnished.

According to details provided to this correspondent by different employees and students of the university, the administration appointed Zahid Majeed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Management Sciences. They disclosed that Zahid Majeed held a third division degree and had no teaching experience. They said that Zahid was very close to a head of the department of the university, so he was appointed in violation of rules and regulations.

Similarly, a former employee of Wapda in revenue division, Irfan Siddique having no teaching experience was appointed as a lecturer. The employees said that at least three years experience was required for the said post.

Engineer Farooq Ahmad Bazai, vice chancellor (VC) BUITMS, when contacted declined to record his version on the issue without giving any reason for doing so. The staff of the university provided with documentary evidences that the administration gave admission to students having third division in their academic career in violation of the laid down rules. They said that candidates with at least forty-five percent marks alone are eligible for admission to the university according to the rules of admission board. They said that two employees of the university close to the higher administration were given admission in MBA (evening) programme, while even the dean, Faculty of Management Sciences (FMS) had rejected their admissions on the ground that the candidates did not fulfil the laid down criteria.

The dean FMS, they said, has written in his note that if the admission board wants to give admission to these students, it should amend the admission rules of the university. They said admission of these students by the director admissions was even not brought to the dean's notice.

The employees further said that when some other employees of the university applied for admission, the VC rejected the same. They said that Engr Farooq, VC BUITMS, has objected the third division of some employees while rejecting their admission. On the other hand near and dear ones having third division were given admission.

They have requested the higher authorities to intervene and ensure that the university administration maintains transparency in admissions. A senior official of the university said that all the irregular appointments were made during the tenure of the previous VC BUITMS, Dr Muhammad Abbas Chaudhry. He said that previous VC and a chairman of the department were responsible for the irregular appointments and admissions in the university.

Dr Muhammad Abbas Chaudhry, former VC-BUITMS and presently chairman of Pakistan-Sweden University of Engineering Sciences and Technology-project, said that the appointments were made by the selection board comprising a judge of Balochistan High Court, deans of different faculties and himself. He said that he alone was not responsible if something was done wrong.

The employees of BUITMS further said that the present administration of the university is treating the candidates with the degrees from Al-Iqra University as ineligible for different positions in the university.

They said that the only reason behind this act of the administration was simply personal differences. They said that administration has raised the objection that the Al-Iqra University was not recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). However, they said that HEC in its letter no 16-48/HEC A and A/2007 dated 26-02-2007 has notified that the Quetta campus of Al-Iqra University has been upgraded to category B. They said that interestingly, BUITMS has given admission to the graduates of Al-Iqra University in its PhD programme.

They said that the university administration has gone so far in accommodating its near and dear ones that it has rejected the celebrated scientist Bilquees Mujeeb, who has applied to join the BUITMS. They said that Bilquees Mujeeb, who has her Ph D degree from USA, is the only living doctor in her field in Pakistan.

Bilquees, who was chairman Department of Zoology in University of Karachi, had properly applied for professorship in BUITMS after the publication of advertisement in media. They said that because of the law and order situation prevailing in the province the concerned authorities were not taking notice of the situation in the university despite many complaints. The news
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