ISLAMABAD - Federal Urdu University of Arts, Sciences and Technology (FUUAST) has appointed over a hundred employees in both Karachi and Islamabad campuses against the imposed ban on recruitments by the government.

It also bypassed all the rules and procedures to open up a new campus in Lahore. 

The university citing ban on new appointments refused to appoint genuine candidates; however, it is learnt that it appointed around 140 blue-eyed teaching and non-teaching staffers.

According to documents available with The Nation, around 100 appointments have been made in Karachi campus and about 25 to 30 in Islamabad campus on contractual basis since February 2013. The appointments were made on big salaries ignoring rules, regulations and without advertisement and approval of selection committee. Two brother-in-laws and other close relatives of the vice chancellor are also among the illegal appointees.

Most of the employees who were appointed are lecturers, assistant professors and professors who have been getting salaries from Rs 25,000 to Rs 300000 monthly. Many of them have been reappointed after attaining superannuation and quite a number of them are non-teaching staff on various posts.   

It is also alleged that the VC allowed Lahore campus of the university to function without legal authority and approval of the competent body. The university has no control over on Lahore Campus and it is feared that students will suffer there as degrees issued by the campus would have no worth. Furthermore, the Lahore Campus is now opening sub-campuses in different districts without legal authority and repute of the university is stake, it is learnt.

One of the officials of the university on anonymity informed that the vice chancellor bypassed the university statutory bodies and Higher Education Commission (HEC) for establishing the Lahore Campus. Moreover, various professional disciplines including pharmacy, engineering and law were launched without taking accreditations of the programmes with the concerned accrediting bodies. The future of students taking admissions in different programmes remains uncertain with the non-accreditation of the said programmes.

However, Vice Chancellor Dr Zafar Iqbal maintains that staffers were hired for different periods of times without following any procedures to run day-to-day affairs and they are not called appointments. "The teaching faculty gradually got retirement and many leave the jobs for better opportunities abroad so the university hire teaching and non-teaching staff for different months as the universities have to complete academic sessions."

Regarding the Lahore campus of the university he said, "We don't own the campus. They are criminals and forgers. The university has written a letter to them not to use its name and advertisement would also be given to warn the student about this fraud."

HEC Director Media and Publications and Spokesperson Ayesha Ikram also confirmed that the Lahore campus of the university was not established after taking NOC from the Commission and it's not a charted campus of the university.