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Probe Reveals $7M Spent On ‘Ghost’ Faculty At GCU

Probe Reveals $7M Spent On ‘Ghost’ Faculty At GCU

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An internal inquiry at GCU has revealed improbable payments amounting to Rs 638M were made to ‘ghost’ foreign faculty members from 2003 to 2013

According to sources, the GCU Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences under HEC Foreign Faculty Hiring Programme recruited faculty members from universities abroad for teaching, researching and supervision of students from 2003 to 2013.

The School received a large share of Rs 638M from HEC for the payment of salaries and air fare for the foreign faculty. According to a report prepared by them, 58 foreign faculty members were hired for a few months to 8 years, depending on the case. The faculty were paid monthly salaries that were deposited into their accounts that the School helped open in a local bank.

However, the faculty members reportedly spent only a few weeks or months in Pakistan which was not reported in letters to HEC that instead demanded monthly salaries for the faculties. Most of the faculty were short term visitors at the School but the GCU and HEC were told they were regular faculty members.

The correspondence showed that cheques were deposited into those bank accounts although the faculty was not present in Pakistan. A report says, “this could not have happened without the consent of then director general Dr. Choudary and director finance and administration Ejaz Malik”.

GCU’s Vice Chancellor Asghar Zaidi was very apologetic on the matter, saying, “the situation is an embarrassment for everyone who is associated with the institute”. The panel has asked for a more detailed inquiry by the NAB.

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