Sexual harassment at Edu institutions
HEC plans stopping sexual harassment at edu institutions
Islamabad: To eliminate the increasing incidents of sexual harassment in educational
institutions, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has decided to take stern
measures to implement the 'Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace
Act 2010' in 128 public sector Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) across the
According to policy adopted by HEC, a four-member task force has
been formed with Prof Najma Najam as covener and comprises three others Prof
Iftikharun Nisa, Perveen Shah and Wasim Hashmi Syed to assure the provision of
educational and working environment in HEIs free from intimidating, offensive
and hostile behaviors.
One of the senior official of HEC said that number of incidents of harassment in HEIs had been increasing day by day
and about 48 cases of harassment were recorded in educational places across the
country. The HEC avoided to share the actual facts regarding the cases occurred
in HEIs as learnt in 'Policy Guideline Against Sexual Harassment in HEIs',
according to a document, available with Daily Times.
initiative taken by HEC in the policy guideline, commission also took serious
notice over the incidents of male harassment, in which female students dressed
them up and behave in close relation to appeal their opponents.
admitted that various complaints were recorded about staring female students at
their bodies, adding male teachers, referring to female bodies and reproductive
cycles to embarrass female students during class lectures.
It was also
observed by authority that faculty members compel needy female students to
sexual favour in exchange of financial support, while male faculty members and
supervisors of HEI tried deliberately spent long hours with female students and
young colleagues in locked offices.
According to the document, students
of HEIs are also not behind in the race of harassment, as observed, female
students often succeeded to blackmail their teachers to charging against them
for maltreatment, when accused faculty member refused to favour in academic
Some times, character assassination of female teachers is also
attempted by influential people, student political organisations to gain
political, academic and financial gains.
Commission strictly directed all
HEIs across the country to follow the certain policy guidelines for provision of
harassment free learning and work place to students and faculty
While following policy released by the commission, all HEIs
would establish a fully fledged complaint cell in their universities, comprising
full time trained Harassment Monitoring Officer (HMO), computer operator,
assistant to HMO and a senior female member in order to facilitate confidential
communication particularly to deal with female students or staff
It was also observed by the commission that the allegations of
sexual harassment made out of malice and intent to damage the repute of person
against whom the complaint is filed are to be dealt with as serious offenses.
According to policy guideline by the commission, any member of teaching or
non-teaching staff, found guilty in harassment incident, would be sentenced
according to following penalties that might be imposed including oral or written
reprimand, inclusion of the decision in a specified personal file (s) of the
accused, exclusion of the accused person whether male or female from a
designated portion (s) of HEIs buildings or grounds, or from one or more
designated HEI activities, where such penalty is appropriate to the
Some other penalties may also be imposed on accused involving in
harassment incident as imposition of conditions, as decided by the tribunal,
fine also might be imposed, recommendation for suspension of the accused without
pay, recommendation that dismissal proceedings be commenced and other as deemed
Task Force member Wassem Hashmi Syed said that
the implementation of this report had been dispatched to all educational
institutions and soon a cell pertaining to these complaints would be
established. "We are in contact with these institutions and soon they would
constitute a Commission," Syed said.
"just kill these ******* teachers."
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Sexual harassment cases more common at female institutions
Islamabad: National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights Chairman Riaz Fatiyana said this issue had already
been discussed in a meeting of committee twice and committee had directed all
concern quarters to take immediate action for the implementation of sexual
harassment. "This is a serious issue in that can be tackled immediately. In my
opinion, sexual harassment cases are not as common in co-education institutions
as in all girls' institutions, where male faculty members and staff harass the
female students," Fatyana said, adding this law needed to be projected in common
masses on a larger scale. Daily times
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AIOU students' week from 28th
Islamabad: The celebrations of Students' Week and Spring Festival
2011 will start from March 28 at Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), said AIOU
Directorate of Students Advisory and Counseling Services.
campuses of the university around the country will also arrange functions as per
calendar of co-curricular activities, said, Director Students Affairs Syed Ziaul
Hasnain during a meeting held for making necessary arrangements. app
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Pharmaceutical sciences institute to be set up at QAU
Islamabad: The participants of 154th meeting of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) Syndicate has unanimously
approved the establishment of Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Vice Chancellor
Professor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai. It was the 3rd meeting of the newly-formed
syndicate after the nomination of members by President Asif Ali Zardari, who is
chancellor of the university. The meeting discussed almost 39 agenda items in
detail and took important policy decisions, including university expansion plans
and to start new academic disciplines.
All members of syndicate
unanimously supported the new developments focusing on academic excellence.
Syndicate appraised the efforts of QAU vice chancellor and his team for the
successful launch of new schools including the School of Economics, School of
Management Sciences and the School of Politics and international
The vice chancellor said that QAU is dedicated to high quality
higher education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The university
administration is trying utmost to expand its facilities and upgrade
courses/curricula in order to meet the growing requirements. Higher Education
Commission Executive Director Professor Dr. Sohail H. Naqvi, AFPGMI Commandant
Major General Sefvan Majed Janjua, Ministry of Education Deputy Educational
Advisor Muhammad Ismail, Dr. Mir Ajab Khan, Dean, Faculty of Biological
Sciences, (QAU), Dr. Wasim Ahmad, Professor, Department of Biochemistry (QAU),
Zaid Usman Director General, Aiwan-e-Sadr, Dr. Muhammad Ishaq, Associate
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Dr. Shafiq-ur-Rehman, Registrar, QAU
attended the meeting.
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Earth Hour 2011 launched in Islamabad
Islamabad: The Earth
Hour was celebrated by the 'Green School' members of Rawalpindi and Islamabad
academic institutions, a initiative of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The
launching ceremony of the Earth Hour 2011 was held at the 54 Nazimuddin Road
Campus of the Roots School System.
The Earth Hour is organised by the
WWF with almost 5 million supporters and a global network in over 100 countries.
It is one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation
organisations. The WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's
natural environment and build a future where people live in harmony with
Students of the Roots School System, Beaconhouse School System,
Ace International and the Froebel's International School participated in the
candlelight vigil. The school was decorated with banners, balloons, clay 'diyas'
and candles. The lights were shut down for an hour and students sang national
anthem in candlelight. Atiqa Odha, renowned TV personality and ambassador of the
WWF Rawalpindi and Islamabad, was invited as the chief guest.
Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, when 2.2 million individuals and more
than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand
against climate change. Only a year later, the Earth Hour had become a global
sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries
participating. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in
Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome's Coliseum, all stood in
darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the
In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the
third Earth Hour. Over 4,000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to
pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world's largest
global climate change initiative.
On Saturday, March 27, Earth Hour 2010
became the biggest Earth Hour ever. A record 128 countries and territories
joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from
Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas were switched off. People
across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came
together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common
- our planet.
While speaking on the occasion, Atiqa Odho said that she
was pleased to have been asked to be the ambassador for Earth Hour in 2011 for
Islamabad and Rawalpindi. "Each of us has a responsibility for the
sustainability of our planet and each of us can make a difference if we choose
to do so," she said.
Earth Hour 2011 will take place on March 26 at 8:30
p.m. (local time). At the launching ceremony, Roots School System Director
Faisal Mushtaq said that the Earth Hour has done a lot to raise awareness of
sustainability issues. "But there's more to it than switching off lights for one
hour once a year. It's all about giving people a voice and working together to
create a better future for our planet and students who are the future of
tomorrow will make the difference," he added. The news
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