The Bahauddin Zakariya University has gone on a ‘recruitment spree’ as about 70 posts - from Grade-1 and 18 - have been filled without any advertisement and approval of the Selection Board or Selection Committee over the past few days, The Nation has learnt.

The recruitment has been made in sheer violation of the directives from the Chancellor that order for immediate halt to (recruitment) during the remaining tenure of current BZU Vice Chancellor.

Sources said that all the recruitments were made illegally in violation of the regulations (University Calendar) set for appointments in BZU. The ‘blue-eyed boys and safarshi persons’ were adjusted against different academic and non-academic posts on ad-hoc and daily wages basis.

The BZU sources revealed that the reports of illegal recruitments prompted the Higher Education Department to issue a verbal warning to the university registrar not to make any recruitment or hold selection board. “He did not let the varsity administration hold selection board, but as soon as he left for Saudi Arabia on Haj leave on September 8, the BZU administration started recruitment on an amazing pace,” sources added.

Taking notice of the situation, the Chancellor office sent a letter No-SO (UNIV.) 6-1/2015 via the Higher Education Department to the BZU Vice Chancellor on October 2, categorically asking him not to hold any meeting of Selection Board/ Selection Committee and refrain from making any recruitment on contract basis during the remaining period of his tenure. However, the BZU administration reportedly neglected the Chancellor’s direction and continued recruitments.

Sources confided to this scribe that over a dozen persons including a Grade-17 Career Development Officer were recruited after the issuance of the direction from the Chancellor’s office between October 2 and 8 while over 50 selections were made between September 10 and October 1. “These recruitments have been made for the main campus, sub campus Vehari and sub campus Layyah and seven lecturers are recruited against Grade-18 posts,” sources added. The other posts filled allegedly unlawfully included admin officers, computer operators, lab attendants, office assistants, electricians, security guards, senior clerks, sweepers, data entry officers and programme managers.

Sources claimed that not even a single post was advertised by the varsity administration during this period while the concerned authorities did not bother to hold selection board for the recruitments too.

The documents available with The Nation revealed that the Grade - 18 lecturers recruited for one year on ad-hoc basis during this spree included Muhammad Raza Aftab in Department of Economics, Sub campus Vehari, Umbreen Fatima Department of Psychology, Sub campus Vehari, Ahsan Fayyaz Department of Vetrinary Sciences Main Campus Multan, Ishfaq Ahmad Department of Law Sub Campus Vehari, Muhammad Tariq Department of Economics Sub campus Vehari and Muhammad Ausama Saleem Department of Psychology Sub campus Vehari, Sajid Sultan Department of Law Sub campus Vehari. Similarly, Muhammad Salman Zaheer was appointed as Career Development Officer in Grade-17 at main campus and Ahmad Imran khan Programme Manager in main campus.