QAU examination controller forced leave
QAU examination controller sent on forced leave
Islamabad, July 05: Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr. Masoom Yasinzai has sent the
examination controller, who was allegedly involved in the molestation of a
female student, on forced leave, well-placed sources said.
According to sources, the examination controller has been asked on
Friday not to attend his office until the finalisation of the inquiry report.
The inquiry committee, in its remarks, has requested the VC for more time for a
balanced and fair inquiry into the case.
The university has constituted
a committee, including QAU National Institute of Psychology Director Dr. Anila
Kamal, Chemistry Department Chairman Dr. Saqib Ali, Department of Biochemistry
Professor Dr. Wasim and Campus Manager Colonel (r) Nadeem Gill. "The committee,
in its final remarks, has asked the VC to extend the date for submission of the
final report as there were some factors which need more time for investigation.
The VC has extended the deadline," said sources.
Sources said that the
legal adviser of the VC and others close to him strongly recommended sending the
examination controller on leave to avoid any controversy. "The statements of
both the victim and alleged culprit have already been recorded by the
committee," sources revealed.
QAU Gender Studies
Department Head Farzana Bari said that the findings of the committee should have
come by now. "If the statements have been recorded than what is the point in
delaying the process," she said.
She, however, maintained that one should
not be impatient and wait till the inquiry committee presents its report. "We
will look for other options if the constituted committee fails to present its
report by next week or the findings of the committee are not acceptable to the
victim," she said.
She said that the family of the victim was considering
it a social responsibility to pursue the case, as they don't want other girls to
fall victim to such practices. "The brother and cousins of the victim have been
visiting the campus and asking the concerned authorities to expedite the process
of investigation," she said.
She revealed that the family members of the
victim are being pressurised by different quarters to take the case back but
they were determined to follow it until it reaches its logical end.
pertinent to mention here that the federal ombudsperson has taken notice of the
incident in which a female student of the Quaid-i-Azam University was allegedly
molested by the examination controller and ordered the university to provide
preliminary report of the incident within three days. However, the report could
not be presented to the federal ombudsperson till the last reports.
Vice Chancellor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, when contacted said that the
examination controller has been sent on forced leave on the recommendation of
the inquiry committee. "The committee, which we have constituted to probe into
the case of the alleged molestation, has recommended that the man who was
allegedly involved in molestation should be sent on leave to avoid any untoward
situation," he said.
He said that initially the timeframe for
investigation was one week, which has been extended on the request of the
inquiry committee members. "We want a fair and transparent inquiry into the
case. The report of the committee findings will be made public," he said.
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Teachers leave for US to get training
Islamabad: Teachers selected across the country left for United States to attend professional
training programme under Pakistani Education Leadership Institute (PELI)
According to a press release, the PELI exchange programme is
being sponsored by the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs. As many as 37 teachers, including 29 women and 8 men, were selected
from all regions of Pakistan, including AJK, GB, Fata, Balochistan, KP, Sindh
The participants will attend a month-long PELI programme at
Plymouth State University and the title of this summer institute is 'Leadership
in a climate of change'.
PELI is a vibrant cross-cultural and educational
exchange and professional development programme that brings together US and
Pakistani citizens. The project, with robust components in both the US and
Pakistan is hosted by the Plymouth State University (PSU).
Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) is the project's in-country collaborator in
Mark Davidson, Counsellor for Public Affairs US Embassy
formally addressing on the occasion said this programme will be helpful in
bringing new changes into the education system of Pakistan. He stressed the need
for such programmes to facilitate exchange of ideas between the teaching
faculties of the two countries.
Bela Raza Jamil, Director Programs ITA,
saw the teachers off and briefed them about PELI project.
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Mathematics moot starts at Comsats
Islamabad: International Conference on 'Topology and its Applications' started at the Comsats Institute
of Information Technology's Department of Mathematics, says a press release.
Rector Dr. S M Junaid Zaidi, who was the chief guest in the opening
session, said that topology, a branch of mathematics, has applications in
computer science, computer networking, global positioning system, physics,
biosciences and many other sciences. He said the aim of the conference is to
bring together experts and young researchers in the field of topology from
Pakistan and abroad.
Bank Alfalah, PIA and HEC are sponsoring the
seven-day conference. Around 30 international and 80 national scientists are
participating in the conference to share their new ideas and research. The
conference will also provide an opportunity for collaboration between Pakistani
researchers and international scientists. The news
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