UoP sexual harassment probe report
UoP harassment probe completed but no one records statement
Peshawar, June 07: The committee formed by the provincial government
to investigate the complaints of sexual harassment of girl students by some
teachers in the University of Peshawar (UoP) has completed its report, but could
not prove the allegations as not a single victim has come forward to record
When contacted, Provincial Minister for Social Welfare and Women Development
Sitara Ayaz, who headed the four-member probe committee, told this correspondent
on Saturday that the report had been completed and would be submitted to Chief
Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti on Monday. She said that though people admitted
that harassment of girl students was an issue on the campus, not a single girl
came forward to substantiate such allegations.
PML-Q lawmaker Nighat Orakzai had raised the issue of harassment of female
students in the UoP by some heads of departments on the floor of the provincial
assembly on April 19. Later, the committee was formed to look into such
"We had received a few emails and about eight anonymous letters, but nobody
sent us reply when we responded to those emails and sought details," Ms Ayaz
All the committee could do was to suggest in its report that the UoP should
plug the administrative loopholes and follow the Higher Education Commission's
guidelines in this regard.
"Though clear guidelines exist regarding such matters, it was shocking to see
that many officials concerned are not aware of them," she said and added that
the university had powers to take strict action if there was ever such a
She said that it was suggested that the university should follow the
guidelines and display it prominently.
Now the fate of the five UoP teachers – against the committee received
anonymous complaints (letters and emails) – would be decided by the university
The minister said that the committee also felt that teachers against whom
complaints of harassment were received should be dealt with according to the
university rules. She said that during the probe the accused teachers pointed at
others whom they thought could have filed the complaints with mala fide
Ms Ayaz said that the committee would welcome if anyone came forward to
record their statement even by Monday when the report would be submitted to the
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Mansehra: Two more lecturers of English in Hazara University have returned home after completing PhDs from an
American university on Monday.
A welcome ceremony was held for them on Monday attended among others by the
vice-chancellor, Syed Sakhawat Shah, faculty members and heads.
They welcomed Aisha Sadiq and Sultan Mohammad on completion of PhDs. The
lecturers completed their PhDs under the Fulbright scholarship programme.
Syed Sakhawat said the education and research standard of the university
would greatly enhance.
He said currently Hazara University was among the top ten universities in the
country and that time was not far when it would be among the top three. Dawn
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Khyber Medical University launches MHPE programme
Peshawar: For the first time in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the Khyber Medical University (KMU) has
launched Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) programme intended to
produce leaders and innovators in health professions education.
prominent cardiologist and vice-chancellor of the Khyber Medical University
(KMU) Prof Dr Mohammad Hafizullah formally launched the programme after marathon
meetings and consultation with stakeholders and principals of the affiliated
Before KMU, only the Dow Medical University in Karachi
was conducting MHPE degree programme and doctors from all over the country
including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa used to go there for this two-year of
Addressing the participants of the launching ceremony, Prof Dr
Hafizullah hoped that the programme would enable the health professions of the
country in general and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular to bring necessary
changes in training and of health educators in accordance with global challenges
and regional needs.
He said the KMU had arranged well-trained medical
educationists for this programme and hoped candidates after completing their
two-year course would be able to bring changes in their respective
The VC hoped it would produce leaders and innovators in
health professions education who would pave the way for bringing innovations in
quality teaching in medical institutions. The two-year programme is supposed to
be beneficial for candidates in their mid level carrier.
having passed MBBS from regionally accredited medical institution, registered
with the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), proficiency in written and
verbal English, three years of clinical or teaching experience and computer
literacy would be selected for the MHPE. Also, the candidates would have to
appear in interview.
Dr Sahibzada Mehmood Noor, who is also assistant
professor of Dermatology Department at the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH), will be
the programme coordinator.
Highlighting importance of the programme, Dr
Sahibzada Noor said though there would be admission criterion, personal
motivation of the candidate would play a pivotal role in their
Each candidate would be required to pay Rs200,000 for the
whole programme in which the KMU would provide them free accommodation, meals
and resource materials. There will be three contact sessions in a year and the
participants would be required to study for two hours a day.
Noor said the same degree, if obtained abroad, cost several times high than in
Pakistan. Besides Dr Sahibzada Noor as coordinator, Dr Gohar Wajid, who has done
PhD in medical education and MSc in health information systems, has been
appointed as the programme supervisor and Prof Dr Mohammad Idrees, head of
surgery of Sheikh Zayed Medical College and director medical education, Rahimyar
Khan, the programme director.
Dr Abid Jameel, associate professor
oncology and director education, Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC), Dr Shahid
Ayub, assistant professor neurosurgery and deputy director medical education,
LRH, Dr Soba Sabir Ali, assistant professor endocrinology and deputy director
medical education, HMC, and Dr Jawad Ahmad Kundi, associate professor and head
of department of maxillofacial surgery, director medical education Sardar Begum
Dental College, Peshawar, have been selected as visiting faculty members.
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Hazara varsity teachers return after MS studies
Mansehra: Two scholars from the Hazara University have
returned after completing their MS in the United States. Aisha Sadiq and Sultan
Mohammad rejoined the university after completion of their studies under the
Fullbright scholarship programme. They assured Vice Chancellor Syed Sakhawat
Shah of sharing their experiences with the students and faculty and contributing
to the university's progress.
They thanked the sponsoring agency and
university management for providing them an opportunity to learn about the
latest trends in English language and literature in the American universities at
Arizona where they studied for two years.
The vice chancellor said after
the rejoining of university by the scholars, the education and research
standards of the university would improve. He said the university was amongst
the top 10 universities in the country and expressed the hope that it would
become one of the top three in due course of time. The news
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