By Karamat Ali
LAHORE: In yet another instance of blatant corrupt practices and nepotism plaguing Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design (PIFD) the vice-chancellor Ms. Hina Hayyat is alleged to have made two more ‘illegal’ appointments of associate professors of BS-20 including her own sister and a male relative, which have been challenged in Lahore High Court here the other day.
A writ petition was filed by Amir Shafique Ch, Advocate High Court, wherein the petitioner contended that Ms Shawana Abid and Asim Naeem did not meet the eligibility criteria for appointment to the post of Associate Professor (BS-20) set by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for the appointment of faculty members in the disciplines of art & design.
The petitioner further pleaded that both the respondents held only a diploma from the Pakistan School of Fashion and Design (PSFD) in the year 1999, which was neither recognized by the University Grant Commission nor the HEC. It is pertinent to mention that the diploma on which basis the appointments were made didn’t bear equivalence to the bachelo’s degree.
According to the documents available with daily The Business, at the time of her appointment as an associate professor Ms Abid merely held a diploma as her recent qualification by then; it is relevant to mention here that in the meantime Ms. Tayyaba the elder sister of one of the respondents was working as an acting VC of PIFD, whereas she (Ms. Abid) completed her Bachelor’s degree in 2013.
According to the petition the impugned appointments of both the respondents were made without floating any advertisement in the press, and interview or following the due selection process.
The respondents among other faculty members were appointed through an Office Order (Copy available with The Business) bearing subject- ‘ Appointment/ Re-designation of PIFD Faculty’- dated 2-5-2011, which also implies that Ms. Abid and Mr. Asim Naeem were already working in PFID as faculty members violating all the eligibility criteria from day one, later on the services of both appointees were also regularized in the year 2012.
The petitioner prayed in the petition that appointments of both the respondents be declared illegal, unlawful and set aside and the respondents be directed to pay back all their salaries, emoluments and grants received by them to meet the ends of justice.