Karachi University teaching staff, who make up 60 percent of the total academics at KU, have not been paid their salaries for more than seven months, The News has studied.
According to available information, honorary teachers have not been paid since August 2020, even though they have repeatedly visited the university administration to ask for a salary. However, relevant officials have not taken action to address the problem.
Due to unpaid salaries, a number of cooperative teachers have stopped teaching at KU, while several others have also informed the recruitment authorities and the head
respective departments that if they don’t get paid on time, they’ll quit.
The faculty is senior and still believes that if visiting faculty stops teaching, it will have a negative impact on the university’s academic activities. According to them, the number of permanent KU teachers is less than the required number. Therefore, universities should immediately release the salaries of cooperative teachers, so that they can continue teaching in the departments they work for, they said.
One of the unpaid teachers, who currently teaches at KU’s Faculty of Social Sciences, said: “Over the past six months I have moved applications to seven different university offices to forgo my salary, but no one has considered my application.”
He said the KU administration had not yet deployed officers in the accounts department to receive salary vouchers from teachers. This shows that the administration is completely unaware of the difficulties faced by visiting faculties, he added.
Another teacher, who recently left her job, said that KU had given her a nominal salary. He said he would receive Rs1,200 tuition in the evening program and Rs600 in the morning program.
“A visiting teacher can earn between Rs 25,000 and Rs28,000 if they are fully involved in teaching. This is a very small amount compared to the large salaries, incentives and perks provided to regular regular academics. “
He also pointed out that although KU had given more admissions to evening programs to generate more funding, most visiting teachers had been hired to run evening classes.
“On the one hand, the university administration makes money, but on the other hand, it doesn’t pay contract teacher salaries. When the teachers approached the evening program directorate, they refused to play a role in the matter. “
He said he had also been serving as an examiner, and after the exam he also marked papers from affiliated college candidates. “It’s been about a year, but the exam department hasn’t paid me anything for my assignment as an examiner.”
The KU spokesman said the university had started a project to digitize their payment system by introducing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) with the help of the National Telecommunications Company.
“We are close to completing the project, and it will be functional in a few months. Faculty members can submit salary vouchers online, and get information on the status of their applications by clicking on a personal profile. “
Prof Dr SM Taha, a project member, said: “I am only an ERP member representing a syndicate. I also voiced my concern about visiting faculty whose salaries had not been paid for a long time. “
He said ERP is a system that will allow all university employees to get access to information provided by relevant departments, to find out the status of their applications, send their theses to foreign referees and perform other functions.
He explained that currently the vice chancellor’s officers are contacting several departments and it will take him several hours to gather the information he needs. “But ERP will increase this task, and the teacher or department head can easily update it through the system.”
He said the salaries of visiting teachers were delayed because of the finance department’s incompetence. “I have raised concerns about this issue in syndicates and in other decision-making forums.”
However, KU’s finance director seemed reluctant to discuss the matter with The News and clarify the situation, even though he was contacted several times.