Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) Employees associations demand 20 percent special allowance
Staff associations jointly build pressure on QAU administration for allowance
Classes closed for a week
Islamabad (Online / Sunday, June 2nd, 2013) – Clash between varsity administration and staff has increased miseries of Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) students as the administration announced closure of classes till June 10.
As per details following associations namely :
1- Academic Staff Association (ASA)
2- Officers Welfare Association (OWA)
3- Employees Welfare Association (EWA)
have joined hands to build pressure on the QAU administration.
Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) Islamabad sources said the university has announced vacations last week until June 10 due to threat of strike by the ASA, OWA and EWA office bearers, while the admin denied this, saying that the classes were closed due to worst kind of load shedding.
Following the general body meeting of the ASA held last week, the body decided to hold a demonstration in front of the admin block of the varsity on June 5.
ASA President Dr Waheed Iqbal Chaudhry said there is no difference in charter of the QAU and other federal government universities like Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Federal Urdu University and International Islamic University for instance.
He said the grant of a special allowance as 20 percent of running basic pay is being distributed to the employees of above-mentioned institutions including employees of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) itself, which is an ethics body for the QAU.
“We are not demanding additional money but implementation of the rules under which other institutions are getting the allowance,” Dr Chaudhry added.
Meanwhile, president ASA alleged that the varsity administration has not implementing rules in the syndicate pertaining to the medical facilities and promotion of lecturers. He added that the university has minimized the list of panel of hospitals and repeatedly forcing the beneficiaries to receive treatment only from Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) and Poly Clinic hospital.
He informed that Syndicate has approved a long list of hospitals on panel of the QAU but the administration has rejected medical bills of several employees because they have treated except from PIMS and Poly Clinic hospital.
He added that amendment of the rules as approved by the syndicate is not the jurisdiction of the Vice Chancellor. “The VC should not exceed its powers and he should not break the rules as he is custodian of the rules,” said Dr Chaudhry.
Similarly, Dr Chaudhry said that work load of the lecturers was increased from 6 credit hours to 9 credit hours by the university administration by passing the syndicate decision in this matter.
He added that amendment of syndicate approved rules not possible without approaching the syndicate itself.
“The administration of the QAU used to amend the rules of syndicate day by day as per its own consent,” Dr Chaudhry stated.
Moreover, President of OWA Saeed Jaddon said on query that the varsity administration has not yet notified any response of the HEC regarding issuance of 20 percent allowance to the QAU.
He added that if the HEC denied our demand of 20 percent salary increase with respect to rule of law then the varsity administration should bring that notification before us.
When contacted Registrar of the QAU Dr Shaffequr Rehman stated that the university had written to the HEC for the funds to meet the demand of the teaching and non-teaching staff.
He added that the demand for the funds was rejected by the HEC with reference of the ministry of finance’s notification, which clearly stated that the special allowance of 20 percent of the running basic pay would be given to all the officers and staff working in the federal ministries and divisions only.
“The university has always endorsed and implemented the policy of HEC,” said Dr Rehman. Meanwhile, he denied the allegation of the ASA president saying that no medical bills have been rejected by the administration.