QAU admin terminates guilty faculty members
Islamabad, July 25: Quaid-e-Azam (QAU) University administration on Saturday fired two faculty members after they were found guilty in the report of probe committee about their involvement in harassment of female student at varsity premises reported a month earlier.
According to sources, a four-member inquiry committee constituted to probe female harassment cases submitted its report on Saturday to syndicate of QAU in which the victims demanded an immediate removal of both accused.
Sources said that the syndicate members were also recommended to register an FIR against both culprits controller examinations Sardar Muhammad Babar Khan and a lecturer of Information Technology Department Noor Mustafa Awan, who according to probe committee, are guilty.
The report of inquiry committee will not be made public till Friday (July 29). Sources said Dr Aqeel Jilani has replaced Khan as acting controller examinations.
The 156th meeting of syndicate held on Saturday was headed by QAU VC, while Sherry Rehman, ex-federal minister for information & Broad Casting, Justice (r) Fakhrun Nisa, Prof Qasir Mushtaq, Dean Faculty of Natural Sciences, QAU, Prof Waseem Ahmad, Department of Biochemistry, Dr. Muhammad Ishaq, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, representatives of the Presidency, HEC and Registrar QAU participated in the meeting.
According to sources, the inquiry committee apprised that Khan, involved in first incident of sexual molestation of a female student on June 17, was not of fair character as number of such complaints went un-noticed against him from female students. The committee members further said that in 2009, Khan was allegedly involved in sexual harassment of a female student but that was successfully smoked internally.
The victim of first incident, a student of Natural Sciences during the proceeding said that she was not willing to visit controller examinations room but he himself invited her to his room to solve the degree issue. "He invited me and than locked the room and molested her and I hurriedly shrieking made my exit," she said.
On other similar incident involving Noor Mustufa Awan, a lecturer of Information Technology Department with a female student of ITD on July 8, the inquiry committee members said that Awan's flawless character was tarnished on the day as they found that he committed the assault.
The victim according to sources said that she considered Awan a person with good moral values in the whole faculty but he put himself down by committing that crime.
Both victims, on the occasion, demanded registration of FIR against both culprits and be punished accordingly to set an example not to repeat that act in university premises. In reply to this, QAU VC said QAU administration would not spare these criminals but they (the victims) must lodged separate FIR to their own.
Yasinzai told syndicate members that QAU was working on adopting Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in the campus under which no faculty member is allowed to lock up his official room, no female student would be allowed to go alone in teachers' and escorted with her other class mate and students were allowed to consult staff members for resolving any academic issue.
The alleged controller examinations said that he was in this profession for the last 25 years and not a single complaint was registered against him. He said all allegations put on him were fabricated as the administration of QAU wanted to remove him from that post and appoint their favorite persons. He said if justice was denied to him he would go to court.
QAU VC confirmed that both alleged officials of QAU were found guilty in molesting of female students and QAU administration but he refused to comment on the termination of both the varsity officials and said the inquiry report would be made public on coming Friday (July 29). Daily times
Gilgit to have AIOU campus
Gilgit: The Vice-Chancellor of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Dr Nazir Sangi has said a campus of the university will be established in Gilgit at a cost of Rs30 million.
Talking to here on Saturday he said the AIOU had played a pivotal role in promoting education in Gilgit-Baltistan and other remote parts of the county.
Mr Nazir disclosed that negotiations with government regarding setting up a full-fledge campus in the region had concluded, saying, the campus would include hostels for girls and library as well. He said the AIOU was focusing on improving quality of education especially among women.
The AIOU VC said curriculum improvement was top priority of the university.
Nust, CDA square off over land use
Islmabad: As the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) is toying with commercial plans, including a hotel on its premises, to generate funds, the city managers are cautioning it against violating land use rules.
The university has set aside a portion of land on its 704-acre premises for commercial activities to generate its own funds.
But according to a senior Capital Development Authority (CDA) official, Nust was a "public sector educational setup" and its land could not be used for commercial purposes.
"The civic authority cannot allow any activity that violates regulations of land use," the official, who insisted on anonymity, said.
He added that already the land was provided to the university at acquisition rates of Rs90 per square yard, which was way less than the amenity rates of Rs2,250 per square yard – an amount that CDA should have charged back then. He said amenity rates were usually applied between government to government transactions but an exception was made in the case of Nust.
But an official of Nust administration, requesting anonymity, maintained that universities worldwide are planning commercial activities to generate funds on their own.
"Worldwide educational institutions generate their own income to meet expenses and that includes commercial activities. We also want to lessen the pressures on the government, which provides funds to Nust."
About building a hotel on the university's premises, he said it's just an idea that has been "floated" to make Nust self sufficient and lessen its dependence on the government for funding.
In a letter to Nust's rector on January 13, 2007, Dr Attaur Rahman, former chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), had said the university was permitted to explore possibilities of carrying out feasibility study and come forward with a "professionally prepared proposal/business plan for construction of commercial buildings etc".
Available with Dawn, the letter signed by Attaur Rahman had said the HEC would be willing to consider providing funds to meet development costs of such a project.
The letter said, "Universities with large tracts of excess land to endeavour maximising returns on their assets through commercial activities, which in turn could be diverted to supplement income and utilised for educational purposes."According to its administration, Nust was well within its rights to carry out commercial activities even if it came to building a hotel to generate extra income.
"There are no illegalities attached to this project. Nust has only floated the idea. It could be any commercial activity that can fetch us more income. We have spare land for such ventures," the university's official said.
Moreover for the last three years, the CDA had been unsuccessfully trying to get Nust surrender over 130 acres running parallel to the Kashmir Highway earmarked as green zone. Dawn
Hamdard University to celebrate Pak-China 'Year of friendship'
Islamabad: Hamdard University will celebrate Pak-China 'Year of Friendship' (2011) on July 26 on occasion of Degree Awarding Ceremony 2011 at Quaid-e-Azam Hall, International Islamic University, Faisal Masjid Islamabad. Liu Jian, Ambassador of People's Republic of China in Pakistan will be the guest of honour for Degree Awarding Ceremony" a press release issued here on Sunday said. Degrees, medals and merit certificates will be awarded in the disciplines of Engineering, Pharmacy and Management Sciences. Degrees will be awarded to 195 students, merit certificates to 6 students and gold medals to 6 students.
2011 has already been declared Pakistan-China 'Year of Friendship. The Pak-China Friendship year 2011 also marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. China and Pakistan are closely linked with mountains and rivers and there has been a long history of friendly exchanges between the people.
Since the ancient times, we have been good neighbours, close friends and trusted brothers. Pakistan is among the first countries that recognized the People's Republic of China.
China and Pakistan officially established diplomatic relations in 1951, followed by positive measures adopted by our two countries to improve and develop the bilateral relations.
During the Cold War when China was blocked and facing embargo by the West, Pakistan became the only bridge through which China reached out to the rest of the world.
The Chinese government and people over the years have been providing generous and unconditional help and support to Pakistan.
Apart from the achievements that Pak-China have jointly made over the years, still both countries have more to do in terms of education, trade, investment, defence and people-to-people contacts. app
Uswa College students excel in SSC exam
Islamabad: Students of the Uswa College showed excellent performance in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Annual Examination 2011 of the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE), says a press release. As many as 44 students appeared in the examination, out of which 38 got A-1 and 6 got A grades. With 5.86 GPA, the college was placed at seventh position among 761 schools affiliated with the FBISE. The students who obtained 90% and above marks are Muhammad Ibrahim (968 marks), Muhammad Shakir (965 marks), Asif Hussain (965 marks), Furqan Ullah Jan (963 marks), Shahinshah Ali (963 marks), Muhammad Hamza (961 marks), Iftikhar Husssain (953 marks), Munawwar Ali (947 marks), Shayan Ali Khan (941 marks), Muhammad Kazim Rohullah (940 marks) and Iqbal Hussain (940 marks). The news