On campus sexual harassment & HEC policy
Sexual harassment on campus: Universities oblivious of HEC guidelines
Peshawar, May 21: None of the public sector universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has complied with the Higher Education
Commission's (HEC) policy guidelines to prevent sexual harassment on the campus,
it is learnt.
Being regulator of higher education institutions the HEC had formulated a
year ago an elaborate mechanism for dealing with the complaints related to
sexual harassment on university promises.
However, none of the universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had implemented the
mechanism as per policy, according to investigations being carried out by a
high-level committee of the provincial government.
The government had constituted a committee under provincial minister Sitara
Ayaz to look into the complaints of sexual harassment at the University of
Peshawar (UoP), as raised at the provincial assembly last month.
The committee besides looking into the affairs of the universities was also
verifying whether they have put in place effective measures against sexual
harassment or not.
A member of the probe committee, wishing anonymity said that to the
astonishment of the committee none of the public sector universities in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa has followed the HEC policy guidelines.
"The UoP management has no idea that they have the HEC policy guidelines on
the issue," lamented this member, while citing the university management's reply
to the committee's queries.
Sitara Ayaz argued that it had been a major failure on the part of university
administrations that they did not implement the HEC guidelines and increased the
vulnerability of different people to sexual harassment.
"Believe me, if they just implement what the guidelines say there will be
hardly a complaint," claimed Ms Ayaz, when approached by this correspondent for
The probe body has checked with the administration of UoP and other
government-run universities about the guidelines, she said and added that
unfortunately, none of them had followed them.
"This will be our major recommendation in the report to the government to
make sure the universities implement the HEC guidelines," Ms Ayaz said and hoped
that the committee would submit its report by next week to the chief minister
The HEC policy guidelines, compiled through consultation involving all
stakeholders, envisaged the appointment of Harassment Monitoring Officers (HMOs)
and setting up of a full-time Harassment Complaint Cells (HCCs) to deal with
As per the guidelines, the HMO is supposed to be an employee of the
university to be appointed by Syndicate, Executive Council or Board of Governors
with minimum 10 years of service experience in the same institution and bearing
The HMO will develop tools, educational programmes etc to promote awareness
and foster an environment free of sexual harassment in the institution besides
carrying out complaint resolution through informal and formal means.
Apart from this, as per the guidelines the HMO will also act as an impartial
counsellor and advisor to any member of the university and maintain an unbiased
attitude to all complaints.
The university administrations were required to set up an HCC to facilitate
policy implementation. Complaints of sexual harassment or any other forms of
harassment could be lodged with this cell.
This would require a team consisting of a full-time trained professional HMO,
computer specialist and assistant, who could follow up the documentation through
This cell was required to sensitise all university faculty, staff and
students to sexual harassment through workshops and trainings. All staff/faculty
that enter the university employment would require completing a three-day
essential sensitisation training programme as an ongoing activity.
Another member of the probe committee, wishing anonymity said that the
UoP's step of suspending a teacher of History Department had been taken without
following the procedures defined in the HEC guidelines.
Citing the guidelines, this member said that resolution of complaints could
be made through counselling at first step. However, if the complainant wishes to
follow through the hearing and tribunal procedures, he/she would be required to
fill a complaint form that would be available in the cell.
"But it did not happen in this particular case," the member pointed out.
When contacted, a spokesperson for the Peshawar University insisted that they
had complied with what the HEC had advised them. He, however, clarified that
setting up of Complaint Cell and appointment of HMO involves financial
implications and thus requires approval of different forums.
"Compliance with the HEC guidelines takes time," argued the spokesperson. Dawn
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ECP says process complete; HEC still waiting for 249 degrees
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) are not on
the same page about the issue of verification of lawmakers' degrees and have
provided contradictory facts about the status of the verification process to the
Senate Standing Committee on Rules and Procedures, sources informed.
Sources said HEC higher-ups were caught by surprise when ECP
Secretary Ishtiaq Ahmad disclosed before the Senate Standing Committee on Rules
and Procedures that the degrees of 1,117 parliamentarians out of 1,170 were
genuine while 53 could not be verified.
"HEC officials were surprised by
the ECP secretary's claim that only 53 degrees were fake. This is puzzling
because 249 lawmakers are yet to provide their Degrees Supplementary Forms (DSF)
without which their degrees cannot be verified. HEC are wondering how it's
possible to conclude the verification process when all documents haven't yet
been received?" sources said.
According to official data, as many as
1,094 graduation degrees of lawmakers have been submitted to the HEC for
verification, but 249 lawmakers have yet to provide their degrees supplementary
forms. Due to this, the HEC has been unable to verify their degrees in line with
Sources said a majority of the reluctant lawmakers "would
like to know the relevant provision of law, under which these certificates are
required to be produced before the HEC for the purpose of verification of BA
degrees, since the degrees have already been verified by the relevant
HEC officials claim there are many instances
where people with fake FA certificates succeed in obtaining a genuine BA degree,
and those with a bogus BA degree get a genuine masters degree. Thus, the HEC
wants to see their previous degrees and ascertain if the basis on which the
later degree was obtained was valid.
Dr. Javaid Laghari said the process of verifying degrees had not yet been
concluded since the Commission had not received the supplementary forms of 249
parliamentarians. "The process of verification of degrees can't be completed
until the HEC receives and verifies the degree supplementary forms of each and
every parliamentarian," he said. "We wrote a letter to the ECP about a month and
a half ago to ask it to provide the required documents for verification but have
so far received no response," he said.
The Chairman Senate Standing
Committee on Rules of Procedures and Privileges, Senator Tahir Mashhadi,
confirmed that the ECP secretary had informed the committee that the
degree verification process was complete and except for 53 degrees, all degrees
had been deemed genuine.
It is pertinent to mention that the Standing
Committee took strong exception to a privilege motion introduced by senators
Babar Awan, Ishaq Dar, Wasim Sajjad, Nilofar Bakhtiar and others regarding the
inclusion of their names in the fake degrees verification process. The ECP
secretary presented their viewpoint in the meeting of the Standing Committee in
which he made the 'astonishing disclosure' that the degrees verification process
Senator Tahir Mashhadi said he was also surprised that all
degrees had supposedly been verified because no one had informed
parliamentarians about it. "I asked the ECP secretary whether he informed the
prime minister or issued any press release about the completion of the
verification process. His answer was no," he said.
The ECP focal person,
Afzal Khan, was not available for comments despite repeated calls by these
correspondents. The news
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IIUI to open 250 O-level schools
Islamabad: The Islamic International University (IIUI) Islamabad is all set to open 250
O-level schools across the country in next 5 years to impart modern education in
line with Islamic and traditional values of Pakistan society.
"The university has given
licenses to 55 IIUI schools across the country so far and out of which 31 have
been fully operationalized," IIUI Schools Project Director Dr. Saeed ul Hassan
Chishti told APP here on Friday.
He said that the
university has set the target to establishing 100 such schools by June
He said that launching of
IIUI Schools system is aimed at imparting quality modern education with special
emphasis on Islamic values and cultural traditions.
The system would be a
unique combination of both modern and Islamic education which would help make
young generation more patriotic and true Pakistanis, he added.
He said Islam teaches
love, peace, tolerances and respect for elders and the system would help
inculcate these values in the students.
Dr. Chishti said that
around 4000 students have been enrolled in these schools so far which reflect
parents confidence on education system of the university.
He said that the
university has made complete curriculum of these schools in the light of Islamic
values and tradition.
He said that special
emphasis was being given on quality education to meet the needs of modern world
in line with Islamic teachings.
The university appoints,
principals of these schools after giving proper training to them for this
purpose, he maintained.
The syllabus prepared by
the university for these schools could cater the needs of future, he
said that in next phase, the chain would be spread in other countries including
UAE, Saudi Arabia and UK.
He said that the
university is also chalking out a plan to set up university's own examination
board for these schools on patrons of Agha Khan, Cambridge level.
he said that affiliation would not be given to other schools and colleges with
Director of IIUI Model
School Campus Township Lahore Zeeshan Rais Khattak said that the system is a
revolutionary step towards imparting modern education to the coming generation
in line with islamic ways.
However, he said the
programme needs to be properly highlighted to reach out to maximum number of
people across the country. app
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Gordon College students yet to receive roll number slips
Rawalpindi: Students of the Government Gordon College, Rawalpindi, appearing in the Higher Secondary
School (HSSC) examinations, are worried as they have not received their roll
number slips yet.
They termed the delay negligence on the part of the
college administration and Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE)
as examinations are commencing from May 24.
The students while talking to said that they are visiting the college to get their roll number
slips but no one is attending them. "College administration and the concerned
authorities of BISE should issue our roll number slips as soon as possible, they
Nawaz Khan, a student, said that only three days have left in
start of examinations but the roll number slips have not been
Muhammad Waqas, another student, said that this is the
responsibility of the college administration to provide the roll number slips in
time but because of their negligence all the students are suffering. He said the
college administration is saying that they should collect roll number slips on
May 23, whereas the examinations are going to start from May 24. "We couldn't
concentrate on our studies because of this tension," he said.
the Government Gordon College said that the board hasn't issued the roll number
slips of our students and we are also waiting for their response. Students are
worried about their slips but what could we do, they said.
the Government Gordon College, Professor Dr Abdul Qayyum, was not available when
contacted to get his comment on the issue. The news
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