QAU sexual harassment | PMDC farce election
QAU professor faces probe after sexual harassment charges
Islamabad, April 25: A Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) professor is under investigation on
charges of making sexual advances towards a female student. It is alleged
that he first forced the student to write her thesis under his
supervision and later fabricated a case of plagiarism after she refused
It is the third incident in QAU in
two years. Two professors were earlier sent on forced retirement in July
2011 on the same grounds. Meanwhile, two female students have already
changed their supervisors on the same grounds after the professor
strictly instructed her see him only in the evening for dinner and
shopping and there must be no friend accompanying her.
professor who is in his late 30s and still not married does not accept
male students for the supervision of their thesis and research. On the
other hand he forces female students and threatens that they could fail
in semester exams.
A three-member committee that is
investigating into the allegations refused to give details and said their final verdict will be conveyed to the university
administration for further action.
with informed students reveal that the professor had pressured the
female student for choosing him as supervisor threatening that otherwise
she would get poor grades in the final semester.
incentives, the professor said he would take her to shopping and dinner
but she must come to his office for 'consultation' after 5pm and alone.
Concerned about her career, the student submitted to the demand.
has been learnt that the student had an affair with a cousin studying
in QAU who was a thorn in the eyes of the professor as he would leave no
effort to humiliate him, even passing racist remarks mocking his colour
and conduct without any reason.
As the female student
went to see the professor one evening, he started making sexual advances
and touched her physically that infuriated her. She ran away from the
professor's office and registered a complaint with the students' affairs
section but no action was taken.
Meanwhile, the external
examiner who conducted viva of her thesis conducted all praise for her
research work. In contrast, the alleged professor who was supervisor and
supposed to defend his student, charged the student of plagiarism
apparently because she had refused to oblige him sexually.
student who was deeply hurt by the undignified attitude of the
professor went to lodge a complaint with the head of the department who
subsequently took up the matter with the vice chancellor. A three-member
Committee is now investigating the case and has recorded statements of
different students whereas the accused professor appeared on Wednesday
to face the allegations.
The News contacted two of the
committee members who refused to divulge details, saying they will
submit a report to the vice chancellor. The head of department was also
reluctant to speak. It has been learnt two female students have already
changed supervisors on grounds of sexual harassment by this professor.
The QAU administration had to remove two professors in July 2011;
controller examination was retired for a molestation attempt and an IT
professor removed for sexual harassment. The news
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PMA rejects 'farce' PMDC poll
Karachi: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) and
the College of Family Medicine Pakistan (CFMP) on Wednesday appealed to
the chief justice of Pakistan to take notice of the "farce election"
announced by "a few individuals who had dominated the Pakistan Medical
and Dental Council (PMDC)".
In a press conference at the PMA House, Dr Aziz Khan Tank, secretary
general of the CFMP, Dr Mirza Ali Azhar, secretary general of the PMA
centre, Dr S.M. Qaisar Sajjad, treasurer of the PMA centre and Dr Idrees
Adhi, president of the PMA Karachi claimed that the PMDC was being run
by a few individuals through an administrator and "positive proof of it"
was the resignation of PMDC president Prof Sibt-e-Hasan Zaidi a few
"There are burning problems of medical colleges recognised hurriedly
at a time when quackery is spreading like wildfire all over the country
and no one is there to bother about it," said Dr Tank.
He said the recognition of foreign degrees from Afghanistan, South
East Asian countries and even from African and South American countries
were no short of scams, on which Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad
Chaudhry should take notice of its.
Dr Azhar said that the PMDC examination for 'so-called graduates',
who claimed that they graduated from foreign universities of Cuba,
Russia and other countries, through 'unfair means' was an injustice with
brilliant students and patients, who would be the ultimate sufferers.
He questioned the PMDC election on seats for general practitioners or family physicians.
He said there were 132,000 general practitioners and family
physicians in the country and they needed proper representation in the
He said that one representative for one province was not enough to represent large number of family doctors.
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Young doctors show concern at PMDC poll measures
Lahore: Young doctors have shown concern at the
April 2013 regulations as well as Pakistan Medical and Dental Council's
(PMDC) new election schedule and described these as a 'conspiracy' to
keep them out of the electoral race.
The PMDC election commission was facing criticism for not following
council's Amendment Act 2012, an official privy to the issue said.
He said young candidates - the Registered Medical Practitioners (RMPs)
and Registered Dental Practitioners (RDPs) - were feeling threatened by
PMDC Election Regulations made on April 1, weeks before the election
"Apparently, the new election date (April 27) announced by the
election commission is a violation of the PMDC Amendment Act 2012 and
the PMDC Election Regulations 2013," he said.
The Amendment Act 2012 and even section 13 (sub-section 4) of the
PMDC Election Regulations 2013 said: "Any person aggrieved by the
decision of election committee shall be at liberty to file an appeal to
the council or any such sub-committee of the council created for this
purpose, within seven days of announcement/communication of the final
list. The appeal will be decided by the council or its sub-committee
within 14 days."
These regulations, a copy of which is available with Dawn, say the
election committee requires at least 21 days after issuance of the final
list of candidates to hear complaints. The final list was announced and
displayed by the election commission on April 18.
Doctors and dentists registered with the PMDC will be eligible to
participate in the electoral exercise meant to pick one member each from
seven regions of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,
Islamabad Capital Territory, Federally Administered Tribal Areas and
Gilgit-Baltistan. The members will be elected in three categories -
RMPs, RDPs and Professors.
"The controversial regulations made by the PMDC executive committee
in an all-of-a-sudden decision on April 1, 2013 have raised doubts about
transparency of the electoral process," says Young Doctors Association
Punjab Election Cell Coordinator Dr Shabbir Chaudhry.
He said the PMDC election commission was using tactics to elect
members of its choice by discouraging young doctors contesting the
He said the PMDC administration had set a condition in the regulations,
requiring the RMPs and RDPs to provide "10-year good standing with the
He said a Rs25,000 fee was required to get PMDC certificates to meet
this requirement and added that the process of obtaining certificates of
'good standing' required some weeks. He said this restriction was a
violation of section 5 of the PMDC Amendment Act 2012.
Dr Chaudhry said the council made it compulsory for young health
professionals through a regulation to deposit a "bank draft of Rs50,000
as security as decided by the election committee that shall be forfeited
if the candidate fails to secure at least 20 per cent of the total
votes cast." No such condition was set for professors contesting the
election, he said.
"Punjab has the largest share in the PMDC voter list for the upcoming
election, but the election commission set-up only seven polling booths
and this might create trouble for voters from far flung districts," he
Dr Chaudhry said there were 62,000 voters in Punjab, 28,784 in Sindh,
2,773 in Balochistan and 2,708 in Gilgit Baltistan. He said four
polling booths were set-up in Gilgit-Baltistan and six in Balochistan.
He said polling booths were set-up for previous PMDC elections in all
division headquarters to facilitate the voters.
PMDC administrator Dr Raja Amjad Mahmood dispelled the impression
that laid down rules were being violated and said the number of polling
booths had been decreased because of limited resources and security
He said the proposed security fee was Rs100,000 and the election
commission cut it to Rs50,000 to facilitate young candidates. He said
the election schedule was announced in accordance with PMDC rules and
regulations. He refused to talk further on this issue when asked about
violation of the Amendment Act 2012 and section 13 (sub section 4) of the PMDC Election Regulations 2013.
"My duty is to conduct a transparent election and everything is going
in the right direction," Dr Mahmood said. He said some elements wanted
the election postponed, but the election commission would conduct the
election according to the schedule.
The PMDC administrator said he would call a meeting of the newly elected council on May 6 at any cost.
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PM urged to preserve autonomy of HEC
Islamabad: The chairman of the Higher Education
Commission (HEC), Dr. Javaid R. Laghari, has written a letter to Prime
Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, requesting him to ensure the autonomy of
According to letter No 10-14/HEC/A&C/2012, dated 23rd April,
(available with Dawn), the chairman has drawn the attention of the PM
towards certain conspiracies against the HEC, claiming that since 2002,
some elements had been trying to control the HEC, which would be fatal
for the higher education system.
Mr Laghari wrote in the letter that the government had established
HEC as an autonomous organisation under an ordinance in 2002. The Prime
Minister is the organisation's controlling authority, and the chairman
of HEC had the status of a federal minister.
Recent inept institutional modifications in the Rules of Business
1973 seriously threatened the HEC and if its autonomy was not respected
and preserved, the organization would fail to propel Pakistan towards
progress, the Chairman said.
"Although the 18th Amendment of the Parliament fully supports the
autonomy of HEC, in 2011, HEC's functions (pertaining to finance and
administration) were distributed to other ministries and divisions.
The matter was challenged in the Supreme Court, which, in its order
dated April 12, 2011 directed that HEC shall continue discharging its
functions and duties as in the past," the letter said.
Mr Laghari said the HEC was again placed under the administrative and
financial control of the Ministry of Education and Training in 2012,
which was then withdrawn because of the Sindh High Court's orders.
"On February 22, 2013, the government amended the Rules of Business
1973 through a Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO). As a result, the
finance division has already approved the placement of HEC Development
Grant for 2013-14 under the portfolio of the Ministry of Education
rather than the Ministry of Finance," he said.
The PM has been requested to withdraw the notification of the cabinet
division regarding the allocation of HEC's functions to other
HEC may be declared a subject of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet
Division would be responsible for representing HEC in the Parliamentary
businesses, the chairman said.
Furthermore, the premier has been requested to restore the status of
chairman HEC as a federal minister and allow executive director of HEC
to submit summaries to the Cabinet directly with the approval of the
Leader of PPP Barrister Fawad Chaudhry said
the caretaker government had every right practiced by the elected
government, and the SRO could be withdrawn.
However referring to a case, he said that in the 1990s during the
absence of Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, the government had appointed a
few judges in the Supreme Court.
"Sajjad Ali Shah took a suo moto notice of this, and while hearing
the case, gave an observation that caretakers or acting heads cannot
take decisions which have a long-term effect, and can only take
administrative decisions," he said.
"It's up to the Prime Minister; if he considers the SRO an administrative decision, he can withdraw it," he added. Dawn
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Punjab University and NUML win All Pakistan Debate Contest
Islamabad: University of the Punjab Lahore and National University of
Modern Languages (NUML) Islamabad won the 15th All Pakistan
Inter-University Debate Contest for Award of Allama Iqbal Shield, in
Urdu and English categories, respectively.
The final round of the
Contest was held at Higher Education Commission Secretariat in
Islamabad on Wednesday. HEC chairperson, Dr. Javaid Laghari was the
chief guest on the occasion. About 30 contestants belonging to public
and private sector higher education institutions from all over the
country participated in the contest.
In individual debates,
Waseem Gohar from Institute of Management Sciences Peshawar, Ahmed Nadir
from University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Taxila and
Shaheen Akhter from Karakorum International University Gilgit won first,
second and third positions respectively, in the English category. While
in Urdu debates, Ahmad Talha Wali from University of Engineering &
Technology (UET) Lahore, Umer Khan Ufaq from Sir Syed University of
Engineering & Technology Karachi and Hamza Hameed Tarar from
University of the Punjab Lahore clinched first, second and third
The winners of first, second and third positions were given cash prizes of Rs.30,000, Rs.25,000 and Rs.20,000, respectively.
Contest is first organised at the university level wherein students
from all departments and constituent colleges take part. Second round is
organised at regional level in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar and
Islamabad (for Federal, AJK, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan universities).
The top scoring teams, consisting of two students and individual top
scorer selected in second round participate in the final round, both in
English and Urdu categories.
Speaking on the occasion, HEC
chairperson, Dr. Javaid R Laghari said HEC has undertaken a number of
initiatives to promote extra-curricular activities at university
campuses. The basic objective of the contest is to promote communication
skills and critical thinking of the students, enhance their
understanding of socio-economic and political issues as well as divert
their energies towards healthy activities and creative thinking. He also
announced to double the amount of cash prize for the position holders
of the debate competition.
HEC executive director, Prof. Dr.
Mukhtar Ahmed said that HEC has been successfully organising All
Pakistan Inter-University Debate Contest for the last many years among
students of public and private universities of Pakistan. He also
informed that position holders of the contest would represent Pakistan
at SAARC Debate Contest this year. app
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Book on medical ethics by Dr Iqbal Khan launched
Islamabad: "Medical ethics - an Islamic perspective", a book authored by
Professor Dr Muhammad Iqbal Khan was formally launched in a gathering
of senior doctors from across the country on Wednesday. The book has
been published by Institute of Policy Studies (IPS).
the occasion, Khalid Rehman, Director General of IPS emphasised the need
to study medical ethics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
based ethical understandings are a societal need. There are very few
books available on the subject in Pakistan and in the Muslim world. The
special emphasis on faith based medical ethics requires more research
and elaborations," Rehman said.
He said there must be a group of
senior doctors who address all upcoming issues and challenges in
accordance with the Islamic ideology.
The book comprises almost
all important aspects of bio medical ethics from an Islamic perspective.
It also provides an overview on physician practice, its relationship
with other concerns including pharmaceutical and related industries,
medical education, contemporary medical issues, philosophical and
historical aspects - all linked in an elaborate style.
of Muslims scholars have been added for the guidance of medical
practitioners. The research ethics and ethics of emerging issues were
also thoroughly discussed. app
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