PU sexual harassment & accused reinstatement
Penalised PU Prof ganging up for reinstatement
Lahore, June 10: The Lahore High Court on Thursday restrained Governor Latif Khosa, chancellor of the Punjab
University, from taking any step to restore former Principal of College of Earth
and Environmental Sciences (CEES) of PU, Dr Iftikhar Hussain Baloch, who was
dismissed from service after the university's syndicate found him guilty of
sexual harassment of two female students.
Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad
Chaudhry issued the interim stay order on the writ petition filed by Shabina
Gul, a PhD student and visiting lecturer, who had alleged Mr Baloch of harassing
The court also issued notice to the governor, Iftikhar Baloch and
PU VC for June 24.
The petitioner had challenged the likely reinstatement
of the former principal by the governor with whom Baloch had filed an appeal
against his dismissal. Through her counsel, she submitted that she had taken
admission for PhD to the College of Earth and Environmental Sciences in 2009 and
was also a visiting teacher there. She said at that time, the college was headed
by the respondent, Iftikhar Baloch, who was its principal.
that Baloch had made immoral overtures upon her but her unresponsive and
discouraging posture resulted in threat and coercion with attempted sexual abuse
against her by the latter. She alleged that the event created deep anxiety and
anguish for her and she registered a complaint with PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran on
May 27, 2010. She said the VC had initiated an inquiry by a committee headed by
Dr Ahsan Malik and latter by Prof Dr Amin Athar, Director Institute of
Bio-Chemistry and Bio-Technology. The petitioner said that during the inquiry, a
repetition of criminal and sexual abuse occurred against her female
colleagues/students and another complaint was filed by Miss Shafaq Ejaz,
administrator of CEES, against Baloch. This complaint was forwarded to a
four-member enquiry committee, headed by Prof Dr Mehmood Akhtar, Dean Faculty of
Islamic Studies, which gave submitted its findings to the VC on December 8,
2010. The matter was then put up before the PU syndicate which decided to impose
dismissal of Baloch from service since he was found guilty of the sexual
harassment. She said the syndicate reaffirmed its findings unanimously on May
Ms Gul said that Baloch had filed an appeal before the PU chancellor,
Governor Latif Khosa. She said the appeal was pending and was being decided in
utter haste due to extraneous considerations while Baloch also used political
influence. She said the matter was also taken up by the Standing Committee on
Government Assurances of the National Assembly, headed by Mahmood Hayat Khan
Tochi Khan. She alleged that Tochi Khan, being in league with Baloch, unlawfully
summoned the VC who attended the proceedings of the committee on March 10, 2011
and the VC was treated in the most un-honourable manner, she said. She said he
was ridiculed and unlawfully directed "to resolve the matter relating to the
dismissal and reinstatement of Baloch." She said the direction was a blatant
violation of the law and the constitution as the matter did not fall within
committee's domain at all. Later on, she said, the syndicate conducted its own
proceedings and recommended dismissal of Baloch while the VC also agreed with
the recommendations which resulted in a letter of dismissal of Baloch from
service on April 21, 2011.
Shabina Gul said the action of the syndicate
and VC infuriated the chairman of the Standing Committee who had written a
letter on May 9 to the PU chancellor (governor) asking him to accept the
Baloch's appeal and reinstate him. He also wanted the chancellor to suspend the
VC for "violating the instructions of the Committee."
said that to the best of her knowledge and belief, the chancellor has already
conducted a 'hearing' of appeal of Baloch and tried to influence the present
officials of the PU to resolve the matter through reconciliation. She said that
the VC wanted the reinstatement through amicable mode instead of realising that
he did not have any jurisdiction in this matter. This was because after the 18th
Amendment to the Constitution, the Ministry of Education stood abolished and the
domain of education was transferred to the exclusive legislative/administrative
domain of the province of Punjab, she said, adding that the governor
(chancellor) did not have any jurisdiction in such a matter and he could only
act upon the advice of the chief minister of the province.
said that as per media reports, the Punjab governor had written a letter to PU
VC Mujahid Kamran to restore Baloch as principal PU's College of Earth and
Environment Science. The governor had summoned the VC in Governor's House on
June 4 and expressed displeasure at the inquiry report into incident, she said,
adding that the governor also asked the VC to restore Baloch to his post within
seven days or the governor would do so himself in his capacity as
Shabina Gul said she was disturbed by the above events, the
unlawful mode and manner of the actions being taken in the matter and the
unlawful assumption and exercise of jurisdiction by the chancellor, the
governor. She prayed to the court to declare that the proceedings on the appeal
of Baloch by the governor were without jurisdiction and without lawful authority
and might be struck down. She further pleaded the court to declare that the
chancellor did not have any jurisdiction to reverse any finding of fact rendered
by the Syndicate of University of Punjab and he be restrained to hear, deal or
adjudicate the appeal of Baloch. The news
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PU restores MA exam centre in Nankana
Nankana Sahib: The announcement regarding the restoration of sole MA
examination centre of the Punjab University in Nankana sparked jubilation among
students and their families and they expressed immense happiness and gratitude
over the decision.
Several hundreds male and female students and their
families from across the district were very upset and disturbed over the closure
of PU examination centre in Nankana last month.
After publication of appeals
in different national newspapers from the students, social circles, Markazi
Anjuman-e-Tajran, educationists and special efforts by Deputy Director
(Colleges) Malik Ihsan Mukhtar and Boys College principal Riaz Cheema, the
Punjab University administration restored the exam centre.
comprised of VTI Principal Prof Saeed, Prof Sajjad, Dr Abid and Prof Malik
Mukhtar along with notables of the district called on PU Controller
(Examinations) Dr Liaquat. During the meeting, the PU controller promised that
the examination centre in Nankana will be functional for MA part-II exams from
On the occasion, the PU controller also expressed his regret over
the indifference of the Nankana DCO and the Deputy Director (Colleges) towards
the security of the examinations centre and protection of the invigilators and
other staff of the examination.
He pointed out that the PU exam centre was
closed due to poor security measures and if the Nankana district administration
failed to provide foolproof security to centre, it would be closed permanently
and the district administration would be responsible for this act. The nation
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VC selection criteria challenged: Court allows plea seeking governor as party
Lahore: The Lahore High Court on
Thursday allowed an application praying to implead the Punjab governor as a
necessary party, being chancellor of public sector universities, in several
petitions against the process for appointment of universities' vice chancellors
and composition of "search committee".
The application was filed by Dr Bushra Khan and Dr Hasan Amir Shah, two of
the petitioners in the case.
Their counsel pleaded before the court that after the perusal of report and
comments filed by respondent authorities it had transpired that the
chancellor/governor had reconstituted the search committee in 2009, therefore
the notification in this regard be placed on record and a report sought from the
The court allowed the application and adjourned hearing on main case for
Friday (today) as additional advocate-general Hanif Khatana was not available to
represent the government. He was busy at Supreme Court.
The court will also take up another application of the two petitioners
wherein they requested to implead 18 candidates whose names had been recommended
by search committee for the post of vice chancellors. Three candidates for each
of the six public sector universities were recommended.
Dr Hasan Amir of the Government College University was represented by Anwar
Kamal and Rana Asadullah Khan appeared on behalf of Dr Bushra of the Lahore
College for Women University.
In their petitions, the professors had submitted that they applied for the
post of vice chancellors being eligible as per criteria laid down in an
advertisement. They said a candidate for the said post was required to have Ph.D
degree in any subject from a reputed university.
However, the search committee later changed the criteria and preferences and
was inviting only foreign qualified candidates. They said call letters were only
issued to the candidates holding Ph.D. degree from a list of 500 top foreign
universities of the world. And the candidates holding Ph.D degrees from
Pakistani universities were not called for interview.
They also assailed the composition/constitution of search committee saying
there were no rules, regulations and policy guidelines for selection and
appointment of its members.
They said none of the members of search committee had a PhD or teaching
experience. As such, the academic credentials of the members of the present
search committee to interview the candidates for vice chancellor, who possess
much higher academic qualifications than each one of them, raised serious issues
They said the entire process of selection for the posts of vice chancellors -
from the constitution and composition of the search committee to selective
interviews - was lacking legal basis and a credible mechanism and was liable to
be set side.
The Punjab government had already filed its reply saying the petitioners were
not called for interview because they did not meet the criteria. Dawn
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SSUET students prepare Drone model
Karachi: Students of the Electronics Department of Sir Syed University of Engineering &
Technology (SSUET) have prepared a model of drone ñ 'Shahbaz: The Doom Drone'
that proved to be the centre of attraction for the visitors at Karachi
This drone, with other innovations from the SSUET students is being
displayed in the three-day exhibition "Exposition on Current of Pakistan"
organised by the Academic and Social Circle, SSUET.
The students have
designed and prepared the American type drone, which has surveillance cameras,
temperature system and Global Position System (GPS) technology. This drone has
the ability to fly 150 metres high in the sky and it travels at a speed of 150
kilometres per hour.
Students Muhammad Ali and Asad Anees, while giving
details about their invention, said that the drone had a 1-litre fuel tank in
which hi-octane petrol was used. The plane was controlled by Radio Frequency
Systems (RFS) and during flight it captured the pictures of the concerned target
through surveillance cameras and transmitted its images to the Controlling
System Receivers (CSR) on the ground. The creators of the project claim that
they could install missile fire technology in the drone if provided with
The other inventions included Pak Energy Ramp, Solar
& Electric Powered Vehicle, Solar Power Generating System, Intelligent
Engraver, Laser Torch Based Sound Transmitter and Receiver, Prepaid Gas Meter,
Wireless Switching, Wireless Doors, Automatic Street Lights, Intelligent Water
Level Controller, Ball on Plate Balancing System, Students' Attendance
Information System etc.
Vice-Chancellor SSUET, Prof Dr Saiyid Nazir
Ahmed, appreciated the efforts of the students in making such novel projects
particularly the drone and commented that he was pleasantly surprised to see
that his students were so talented.
Minister for Industries and Trade,
Muhammad Abdul Rauf Siddiqui; Sindh Health Minister, Dr Saghir Ahmed; Sindh
Minister for Youth Affairs, Syed Faisal Ali Sabzwari; Former Naib Nazim of CDGK,
Nasreen Jalil; and Vice-Chancellor University of Karachi (KU), Prof Pirzada
Qasim visited SSUET stalls and appreciated the skill of the students that were
reflected in their innovative projects.
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A prodigy named Nida Lashari
Karachi: Nida Anjum Lashari, 15, teaches English to students at graduate and postgraduate levels
although she is a student of Class IX at Baba Cambridge School in the
lower-middle class locality called Pak Colony.
She is talented and very
ambitious and wants to indulge in business, sports and teaching
Nida was eight months old when her father Anjum Lashari,
a senior journalist at Daily Jang bowed out. Lashari worked at the News Desk of
Daily Jang. He was also a poet and wrote the first novel in the Seraiki
language, according to Nida. She was admitted to Baba Cambridge School, near
Bismillah Hotel in Pak Colony when she was 3.
Right from the beginning
she has showed some extraordinary talents; she is a quick learner, has
participated in debates, written poetry and played and also acted in school
"I learnt English through watching TV plays and reading tickers,"
"I was also a good spy," she said
innocently. "I traced a 'chapal chor' who would steal them and take them to our
rooftop," she elaborated.
Nida has done compering at a school and at a
'Grand Gala' organised in Nazimabad. She said she had taught English at two
institutes in Pak Colony during her summer vacation. She has also been an intern
at one of the institutes.
"I have also become a member of National
Students Federation," she said. "I want to become a journalist like my father
and also emerge as the best short story writer and poet," said Nida.
said she had read at least 100 books, including "nange paon," "Akhri Jazeera"
and "Meri zaat zara-e-benishaan." She has also benefited from Oxford Dictionary
for Beginners and similar books to become proficient in English.
along with her mother visited the Karachi Press Club on Thursday and evinced
keen interest in its library where stacks of books have lain idle for decades
because nobody is interested in reading them.
"Can I become a member of
the KPC library and borrow books?" she asked, with a glint in her eyes. The news
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