Muhammad Basit Khan

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor has approved formation of a joint investigation team (JIT) to probe alleged violation of merit and other irregularities in the Bacha Khan University Charsadda.

According to a notification, the Governor’s Inspection Team has been directed to conduct an inquiry into the holding of the fifth selection board meeting of the Bacha Khan University. The governor being chancellor of the university ordered the investigation after receiving complaints about the holding of the fifth selection board meeting and making appointments in the varsity.

Professor Imran from Chemistry Department in the university, who had filed the complaint, said while talking to TNN that merit was violated in appointments in Bacha Khan University after which he approached the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and KP governor to form JIT. He said explanation was also sought from Vice-Chancellor Dr Bashir Ahmed, but he could not file satisfactory reply. He said a JIT was then formed on September 23 under the orders of Governor Shah Farman.

Prof Imran hoped that the JIT would hold an impartial and transparent probe into the whole issue and provide justice.

The university spokesman Gul Hakeem insisted that all the appointments under the fifth selection board meeting have been made purely on merit basis. He said everything will become crystal clear after completion of inquiry. He said the university administration is ready to face any challenge.

Earlier, the professors of Bacha Khan University had held a protest demonstration outside Peshawar Press Club against alleged illegal appointments. After that the university administration had issued a notification under which the entry of professors and doctors who participated in the protest was banned in the university.

The university administration was of the view that some professors held illegal press conference to defame the university. It also alleged that the rebel professors had also shared irrelevant post on the social media about the university after which the administration banned their entry to the university.

After that the affected professors approached the higher authorities to form an impartial JIT to probe their claims of illegal appointments and other irregularities in the university. The governor then took action and ordered formation of the JIT.

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