Raza Kazmi

ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has initiated the process of regularization of services of its temporary employees by giving them opportunities of competition.
According to a statement of the AIOU issued to the press, in the past hundreds of workers were employed in this mega university of the country on temporary basis without adopting any procedure or rules.
The number of such employees increased with the passage of time. Taking note of this state of affairs the Executive Council of the university, supreme body of the AIOU, in its 116th meeting directed the university to take steps for regularization of eligible temporary employees after fulfilling the criteria of merit and service rules, the statement said.
Following the directives of the Executive Council the present administration of the university regularized services of 201 temporary employees. Moreover, the university has advertised around 230 posts of BPS 2-5 in the national press last week and is working on advertising another 100 vacancies of BPS 5-15 soon.
Professor Dr. Zia ul-Qayyum, Vice Chancellor AIOU views, “Open University is one of those national institutions on which the whole nation can pride, and hence this is our duty to save its resources and keep its interests higher than our personal ones. There will be no
discrimination and nepotism in the selection process against the advertised posts. Rather everyone will be given a fair chance to prove himself and get appointed on merit”, the statement further said.
It is pertinent to mention here that in the past these contract and daily wage employees were inducted into the university due to one or another reason, but the principle of fair competition was not followed while recruiting them.