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Dr Bangash refutes allegations of veiled girl
Peshawar, Dec 28: Dr Rahim Bangash, professor of anatomy in the Khyber Medical College
(KMC), finally broke his silence and categorically denied what he termed
'baseless allegations' of thrashing a female student of the college and
said some people had launched a campaign to tarnish his image. "I
remained silent as I didn't consider it an issue because to me all my
students are equal to my children. But now when some negative-minded
people launched a spiteful propaganda against me, I decided on the
advice of my doctor colleagues to clarify my position," Prof Dr Rahim
Bangash said in a statement issued to the media on Sunday.
said that he has been in teaching profession for the last 28 years and
had taught a large number of students, including those coming in proper
veil and Hijab or purdah. "As it is the personal affair of the students,
I never interfered or tried to influence anyone. I preferred to teach
rather than practice as a surgeon to benefit the medical students," he
said. He recalled that on the day of the incident, which some people
made an issue for their vested interests, the discussion on the issue
started only as an academic point and medical ethics.
only wanted to say that medical profession demands a lot of physical
involvement of doctors with the patients. I told them that those
observing purdah find it hard to deal with male patients in our society.
Unfortunately, the reaction of one foreign student of Pakistani-origin,
who is a Canadian national, and unaware of the local traditions of
Pakhtun culture regarding the student-teacher relationship, got involved
in a very unruly discussion. She snatched the microphone from my hand
and started addressing the class and exaggerated the issue. To conclude
the discussion I asked her to return the microphone whereas she was
reluctant," Dr Rahim Bangash explained.
He regretted that
in that process the female student staggered and lost her balance."I
never slapped or even tried to remove her veil, for which I have been
blamed but rather asked her to leave the class," he claimed.Dr Bangash
said he had already clarified his position to the inquiry committee
constituted for this purpose.
"In spite of my
clarification to the committee, a certain group continues to malign and
insult me through different means of propaganda. Through this statement,
I want to communicate to the media and request it to find out the
reality that I never got involved in discussion of veil before during my
28 years of teaching career. By the grace of Allah, I am a sincere
Muslim and cannot even think of using insulting or derogatory remarks
against my own religion Islam. I advise the students not to fall prey to
the political propaganda and insult the teaching community as it is
bringing a bad name to the medical profession and our historic
institution," Dr Rahim Bangash stressed.
He said he
considered the event that was exaggerated due to the immaturity of his
dear students as an insult to the community of teachers.
"Dr Raheem should treated Like Governor Taseer, He is secholler and agent of USA and working in Peshawar for promoting unislamic agenda."
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Govt considering KMC inquiry committee's report
Peshawar: The committee set up to probe the incident in which a first year,
veil-wearing student Misbah Syed had alleged that she was humiliated and
slapped by her teacher Dr Rahim Bangash at the Khyber Medical College
(KMC) has completed its work and the report is now with the provincial
When approached, the KMC Principal Dr Ejaz
Hassan Khan said the committee's report had been sent to the concerned
authorities and it was now up to the government to take action on it.
said that the inquiry committee included Prof Dr Liaqat Ali, Prof Dr
Humayun Khan, Prof Dr Mir Sahib Shah, Prof Dr Jamshed and Prof Dr Bushra
Iftikhar. He added that six senior teachers having expertise in Islamic
issues including Prof Hafiz Abdul Ghafoor and Prof Merajul Islam from
the University of Peshawar were co-opted as members of the committee to
give opinion whether blasphemous words were used as alleged by the
The incident on December 12 had triggered
protests, mostly by students and political activists belonging to the
Islamic groups demanding inquiry and action against Dr Rahim Bangash,
who teaches at the anatomy department of the Khyber Medical College.
Misbah Syed later addressed a news conference at the Peshawar Press Club
and made severe allegations against Dr Rahim Bangash.
father, who had rushed from Sharjah where he is working, to Peshawar
after the incident accompanied Misbah Syed, who is a Canadian national,
when she spoke to reporters in Pashto, Urdu and English while wearing
her veil. She claimed to be in possession of video-footage and audio
recording providing her claim that Dr Rahim Bangash had beaten her and
used objectionable language against veiled women and also Islamic
It was learnt that the inquiry committee in its
findings had absolved Dr Rahim Bangash of any wrong-doing as far as
using insulting words against Islamic teachings is concerned. However,
it seems it did find fault with his attitude towards his female student.
Syed had demanded the formation of a high-powered commission excluding
KMC teachers to probe the incident as she feared they may not be able to
go against a fellow teacher while finalizing their report. She had also
stated that she would forgive Dr Rahim Bangash for humiliating and
bearing her but would insist on an inquiry concerning his use of
insulting and blasphemous words against Islam.
the KMC said Dr Rahim Bangash had the reputation of a liberal person and
it wasn't unusual for him to make fun of those using the veil or
wearing beards. It was a few months ago that he was promoted as
professor of anatomy.
KMC's new principal Prof Dr Ejaz
Hassan Khan tried to handle the situation tactfully by immediately
setting up the inquiry committee and including Islamic experts in it as
the issue could have got out of hand due to protests by the college
students and also doctors and religio-political activists who wanted
registration of first information report (FIR) against Dr Rahim Bangash.
By then serious allegations against Dr Rahim Bangash had been made and
he was being accused of blasphemy. The news
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Two-year degree programme on the way out
Peshawar: The Higher Education Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
has planned to introduce the four-year Bachelor of Studies (BS)
programme in all government colleges and universities of the province by
doing away with the existing two-year degree programme.
However, the plan will be executed in phases only after it is okayed by the Higher Education Commission.
Currently, the two degree programmes run parallel in the province
with most government educational institutions offering the conventional
The BS programme was introduced by the last Awami National Party-led government around three years ago.
The four-year BS degree is equivalent to MA/MSc degree.
Special Assistant to the Chief Minister on Higher Education Mushtaq
Ahmad Ghani said that the provincial HED wanted to phase out the
conventional degree system by replacing it with the BS programme.
"It is our desire to get rid of the decades-old conventional higher education system," he said.
Mr Mushtaq also said the HED had proposed to the HEC to redesign the
four-year BS programme to introduce the two-year associate degree
programme in the province.
He said once the proposed programme was in place, then the students
wanting to discontinue studies for one reason or the other could secure
the associate degree after successfully completing two years of the BS
The special assistant said the students opting for the associate degree could resume the BS programme anytime afterwards.
Currently, the students enrolled in the BS programme have to study
for four years to get degrees and in case, they leave the course in the
middle, they're not entitled to the degrees.
"After the introduction of the associate degree programme, the
students will have the option to quit the four years course after
passing examinations of fourth semesters and resume the course in the
fifth semester whenever they have the time," Mr Mushtaq said.
The special assistant said the HED was in contact with the HEC for
the redesigning of the BS programme to introduce the associate degree
course. He said he was hopeful that the proposal would sit well with the
Meanwhile, officials in the HED said it was necessary to abolish the
conventional BA/BSc and MA/MSc programmes for the introduction of the BS
programme throughout the province.
They claimed that after receiving their department's proposal, the
HEC had prepared a comprehensive plan of how to do away with the
conventional degree programme in the country for introducing the BS
The officials said the plan had been shared with the relevant departments of all provinces for feedback.
Educationists have favoured the replacement of the BA/BSc programme
with the BS programme, saying many students, especially the poor ones,
couldn't afford to study for four years at a stretch and therefore, they
had to go for conventional degree programme.
They said the conventional degree programme didn't meet the international standards, too.
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AWKUM, German varsity sign MoU
Mardan: The Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan (AWKUM) and University
of Ulm, Germany, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to give
AWKUM faculty and research scholars an opportunity to engage in
research, teaching, lecturing and consulting at the German university.
According to a press release issued on Friday, the MoU was signed
during the visit of AWKUM vice-chancellor Prof Ihsan Ali and Dr Muazzam
Khan (NUST) to the University of Ulm, Germany, in the current month.
Prof Ali and Director International Office Prof Reinhold Lucker signed the MoU on behalf of their universities. Dawn
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