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QAU sexual harassment cases: Two faculty members set to lose jobs
Islamabad, July 29: Two faculty members of the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) facing charges of sexual harassment are
likely to lose their jobs as a probe committee unveils its findings before the
university's syndicate today.
The committee, formed under the anti-harassment law passed in December last
year, will inform the syndicate made up of parliamentarians, senior faculty
members, Higher Education Commission (HEC) representatives about its
findings in two cases of sexual harassment.
According to sources, a controller examination would be given forced
retirement and an IT lecturer would likely be handed down a termination
"The four-member committee has a statutory standing. It has studied the two
harassment cases in QAU and will disclose their recommendations for
implementation. That also includes fixing punishment according to provisions in
the Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act," said QAU Vice
Chancellor Prof Dr Masoom Yasinzai. He added that the committee made up of
senior QAU faculty members had 30 days to share its findings.
According to the VC, the syndicate, which met last Saturday to go through all
relevant documents, was bound to implement the committee's recommendations.
"Failing to implement the recommendations, the committee can knock on the
doors of ombudsperson who can then force the competent authority to carry them
out," Dr Yasinzai said, adding that the VC or the syndicate could not influence
the committee's decisions.
Some faculty members and parents believed that some good had come out of the
"The two cases are precedents where students did what was right – report to
authorities. The committee's findings could restore confidence in students and
parents alike that people responsible for such unimaginable behaviour are held
accountable," said a faculty member
Emphasising that the anti-harassment law should be introduced in all
workplaces, Dr Yasinzai said, "Things are different today. We must know our jobs
and what is required of us."
The VC also believed that the anti-harassment law was in line with values,
society and religion and should be supported as long as it was not abused. Dawn
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22 scholars to leave for US next month
Islamabad: As many as 22 scholars and professionals from all over Pakistan who will be departing for
the US in August on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar and Hubert H. Humphrey
Fellowship Programmes attended pre-departure orientation on
United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP)
arranged the orientation for the departing grantees where they were briefed
about the programmes and other aspects of living and working in the
The orientation was followed by a networking session. While
addressing the departing students, US Cultural Attache Brent Beemer urged the
students to make most of their time in the US. "As much as your own life will
change for the better on account of your experience in the US, as ambassadors of
Pakistan you will change American lives even more," he added.
Fulbright Scholar Programme provides a 9-12 month opportunity for scholars,
artists and professionals to research as well as lecture at US universities and
share their knowledge, expertise and experience with America.
batch comprises 10 scholars from universities/research institutions across
Pakistan, including three women.
Since Fulbright's inception in Pakistan
in 1951, around 300 Pakistanis have participated in this program. Twelve
Pakistani professionals are taking part in the Humphrey Fellowship program.
Initiated to honour the memory and accomplishments of the late Senator and Vice
President Hubert H. Humphrey, the Humphrey Fellowship Programme brings
accomplished mid-career professionals from designated countries around the world
to the US for a year of practical professional development and non-degree
academic study. Of the 12 participants, 4 are from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 3 from
Punjab, 3 from Sindh, and 2 from Islamabad Capital Territory.
programs are funded by the U.S. Department of State with travel, living
stipends, health insurance and tuition for the entire period of study fully
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Lecture on 'Islam and the West'
Islamabad: Iqbal International Institute of Research
and Dialogue (IIIRD) of International Islamic University (IIU) is organising a
lecture on 'Islam and the West' today at the Faisal Mosque Campus of the IIU. A
Denmark-based Pakistani scholar, Irfan Gilani, would deliver the lecture on the
topic, says a press release issued here on Thursday.
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UoP starts BS, MSc in disaster management
Peshawar: The faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Peshawar, Thursday approved the
first-ever four-year BS degree and two-year MSc programme in disaster management
at the Centre of Disaster Preparedness and Management (CDPM) of the university.
The faculty board met under the leadership of the dean of the faculty of Life
and Environmental Sciences Prof Dr Farrukh Tufail. All the board members
including the chairpersons, professors and directors of all the departments and
the centres of the faculty attended the meeting.
Director of the CDPM
Prof Dr Amir Nawaz Khan briefed the meeting about the proposed plan of the
centre. The meeting also approved MPhil and PhD in the disaster management. Dr Amir Nawaz said it was for the first time in the country
as well as in South Asia that a formal bachelor and master degree programme in
disaster management is being started.
He said the board of studies has
already approved the programme. "Now it would be presented before the academic
council, after which it would go to the syndicate and then to the senate and
thus the bachelor and master degree programmes would be formally started," he
He was optimistic that the programme would be started from the next
session. Established in April 2001, the centre has been offering diploma in
disaster management. Several training workshops in the disaster management have
also been organised by the centre. Various national and international
exhibitions on disaster management have also been arranged under the aegis of
the centre to create awareness about disasters. The news
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Court asks HEC to continue plagiarism probe against VC
Peshawar: The Peshawar High Court on Thursday directed the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to continue
with the inquiry regarding the case of alleged plagiarism by the University of
Peshawar's vice-chancellor, but restrained it from taking any adverse action
A two-member bench comprising Justice Dost Mohammad Khan and Justice Mazhar
Alam Miankhel conducted preliminary hearing in a writ petition filed by the
vice-chancellor, Dr Azmat Hayat Khan, challenging the holding of an inquiry by
the HEC regarding the allegations of plagiarism.
The bench summoned the executive director of HEC for the next hearing with
the direction to produce all the relevant record including a letter written by
the concerned writer about whom it was alleged that from her book certain
portions were copied by the vice-chancellor in his PhD thesis.
A university teacher, Mohammad Zubair, himself facing charges of having a
dubious LLM degree and is presently under suspension, had sent a letter to the
HEC wherein he had charged the vice-chancellor of plagiarism.
He alleged that Dr Hayat copied in his book tilted 'The Durand land: its geo
strategic importance', published by the Area Study Centre, University of
Peshawar, and Hanns Seidel Foundation, some passages from the book 'Pak-Afghan
Relations', written by Dr Kulwant Kaur of Jammu University, Jammu, and published
by Deep and Deep publications in 1985.
The vice-chancellor has challenged the jurisdiction of the HEC in dealing
with cases of plagiarism. He contended that the HEC could not entertain and
adjudicate upon any alleged act of plagiarism hence the very initiation of
proceedings to this effect would have no backing from the law laid down on the
subject hence liable to interference in the exercise of constitutional
jurisdiction of the court.
Senior advocate Abdul Samad Khan appeared for the petitioner and contended
that there existed nothing in the HEC Ordinance itself on basis of which the
commission could take cognizance of the matter.
Mr Samad Khan contended even if for the sake of argument it was presumed that
the matter was in the domain of the HEC, even then as per HEC plagiarism policy,
cases prior to 2007, the year in which the policy was framed, could not be
opened, as such, degree of the petitioner being of 1990 is prior to the coming
into force of the policy hence could not become subject matter of proceedings on
the alleged ground of plagiarism.
He contended that the entire process smacked of mala fide as the petitioner
did his PhD in 1990 whereas the charges had now been leveled against him in
He contended that the charges against the petitioner were baseless and no
fruitful results would ensue even if the case proceeds further. He argued that
in the HEC Ordinance, no penalty was prescribed even if plagiarism was proven on
the face of the record so much so that a single word was not forthcoming in
entire ordinance where from one could infer that anyone indulging in plagiarism
could be visited with penalties.
During the course of proceedings, the bench observed that when a student
could be banned for many years if found indulged in cheating, why action should
not be taken against an officer serving against a senior position if his degree
was fake? Dawn
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