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 statement.

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 complaints.

"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 said.

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 complaint.

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 administration.

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 intentions.

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 chief minister.

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PhD scholars
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.

A 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 medical colleges.

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 course.

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 institutions

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.

The candidates 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 selection.

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.

Dr Sahibzada 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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