RAWALPINDI: Temperatures are running high in Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University (AAU) over controversial appointments as the recently retired vice-chancellor (VC) allegedly continues to influence the hiring process. On Tuesday, three employees’ associations held a demonstration, locked the AAU’s administrative block and stopped the newly-appointed registrar from working. Representatives of the Academic Staff Association (ASA), Officers’ Welfare Association and the Employees’ Welfare Association Arshad Nawaz stopped from entering his office and protested against anti-dated appointment letters to candidates inducted without the university syndicate’s approval. “Punjab government’s silence over the illegal appointments is inexplicable,” said ASA President Dr Nadeem Abbasi.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 1st, 2012.