NAB seeks record of PU teachers hired under TTS

Dawn

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has sought the record of over 100 Punjab University teachers hired under the Tenure Track System (TTS) till 2016 to probe into allegations that their appointment was made in violation of the Higher Education Commission statutes.
In a letter the NAB Lahore asked the PU administration to provide legible copies of all appointments made under the TTS scheme directly for a period of six years. The bureau also expressed its resentment over not being provided the relevant record, despite earlier letters written to the varsity.
A former syndicate member had filed a complaint to the NAB, alleging that some teachers employed under the scheme did not meet the criteria and that they were given the jobs in violation of the HEC rules.
More than 100 teachers were hired for different departments under the TTS till 2016. The total number of the faculty members working in the Punjab University under the TTS is around 140.
PU Registrar Prof Khalid Khan told Dawn that in the last syndicate meeting it was decided that a committee would be constituted to look into the matter.
“We have provided the record of the TTS faculty to the NAB and there has been no delay on our part,” he said.
Earlier, the federal HEC had also warned the varsities that if a faculty member assumed an administrative post such as registrar, HR director or treasurer etc, the period for which he/she remained on that post would not be counted towards his/her TTS service and during that period he/she would not be eligible to draw TTS salary.
“After June 30, 2014, if a faculty member on TTS assumed responsibility of academic (cum) administrative position of director research, dean of a faculty or head of a department, the period of holding such appointment shall not be counted towards his/her TTS probation period and (he/she) will not be eligible to draw TTS salary,” the HEC letter reads.
It added the government was offering a lot of incentives to engage faculty members in research in their respective fields and if they involved themselves in other activities the very purpose of the incentives could not be served.

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