PESHAWAR: Days before the end of his term, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Malakand, Dr Gul Zaman, claimed arrears worth 7.47 million rupees with retroactive effect from October 2017 – the date of his appointment.
The complaint was made, while misinterpreting a recent notification concerning the fixing of the wages of vice-chancellors by the provincial government.
The Directorate of Higher Education (HED) was surprised at the act of the outgoing rector. A senior department official told The News that the notification regarding vice-chancellors’ salaries had been misinterpreted by Dr Gul Zaman.
“The notification was aimed at newly inducted vice chancellors like those at Peshawar University, Kohat University and others, who have yet to receive their first salary,” he said.
Claiming retroactive wages / arrears from 2017 is not correct, he added.
This complaint re-hit the headlines of the Vice-Chancellor of Malakand University after he was found guilty of a number of wrongdoing in recruiting, victimizing faculty members and embezzlement. of funds.
The university’s Senate, which met recently, approved the recommendations of a high-level investigation against him and held him responsible for the university’s mess.
However, a favor was returned to him by withholding the minutes of the meeting to avoid sending him on forced leave or taking any other punitive action against him as he neared the end of his four-year term. .
Instead of facing any adverse action in the final days of his tenure, the outgoing vice-chancellor was fortunate enough to get a nice perk in the form of a questionable increase in his salary, which he demanded. wrongly with retroactive effect from the date of his appointment as Vice-Chancellor.
The process of claiming and approving his arrears was completed within a day, documents showed (available with The News).
Instructions for preparing invoices for payment of “arrears” were made on October 13, and approval from all quarters and officials was gained within 24 hours – October 14 – to ensure payment of the amount to the rector. before leaving his office on October 26.
The higher education department, in a notification on October 6, announced salary packages for rectors appointed through the academic and research committee. Dr Gul Zaman was the fastest to take advantage of the notification and revise their salary.
The notification states: “Salaries of vice-chancellors, rectors and directors of titular establishments of diploma on the maximum salary of the professor titular of the package as announced by the video notification HEC n °: FP2-103 / HEC / 2015-16 / 1071 of 15.10.2015.
The notification clearly mentions that the salary package will be all inclusive and that the incumbent will not be entitled to any other allowance such as house rent, means of transport, utilities, doctoral allowance and others, as eligible. according to the PBS and MP scales, with the exception of the vice-chancellor’s allowance. at the rate of 20 percent of base salary.
The maximum salary for a tenure track professor under HEC criteria is Rs 507,000, according to a notice posted on the HEC website.
If calculated, the salary of a vice-chancellor becomes just over 600,000 rupees, which includes the 20 percent allowance of vice-chancellors on their base salary.
Similar to the rectors’ allowance, a tax at the rate of
20 percent are deducted from their wages. Therefore, their salary comes to half a million after the tax deduction. “A sum of 110,000 rupees is deducted from our salaries for tax purposes,” said
the rector of another university.
Malakand University is located in a tax-exempt zone and therefore Dr Gul Zaman set his salary in accordance with the new notification – Rs601400 – and wrongly claimed back arrears with retroactive effect, which drew strong criticism. .
Reached for comment, university spokesperson Mairajul Hameed told The News that the process was transparent and duly approved by relevant bodies.
No anomalies were committed in setting wages and calculating arrears, he said.
There have been no objections or reservations from the audit committee and the finance and planning committee on this matter, he added.
“However, some elements of the university were determined to make it a problem for personal gain,” he alleged.