In response to serious allegations of harassment involving students and faculty members at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has taken swift action. Recognizing the urgency and sensitivity of the matter, the HEC has established a Fact-Finding Committee, comprising highly distinguished members renowned for their expertise and integrity.
The esteemed members of the committee include Professor Dr. Muhammad Ali, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan; Lieutenant General (Retd.) Muazzam Ijaz, Rector of the National University of Technology; Professor Dr. Najma Najam, Rector of Noor International University, Lahore; Professor Dr. Tahira Aziz Mughal, Rector of Imperial College of Business Studies, Lahore; and Dr. Mazhar Saeed, Advisor (P&D and Finance), HEC.
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Each committee member has officially accepted their appointment, and the terms of reference have been meticulously defined to ensure a thorough and impartial inquiry into the alleged harassment incidents. The committee is vested with the responsibility of gathering information from various credible sources, including print, electronic, and social media, through extensive investigations.
One of the primary objectives of the committee is to evaluate the implementation of the HEC’s policy on sexual harassment within higher education institutions. Any administrative lapses found to have contributed to the harassment cases will be addressed, and appropriate corrective and disciplinary measures will be recommended.
To ensure a comprehensive investigation, the HEC has called upon all higher education institutions to fully cooperate with the committee and provide detailed reports within a reasonable timeframe of 21 days. This collective effort will aid in unearthing the truth and fostering a safer and more secure environment for students and faculty members alike.
Acknowledging the commitment and time devoted by the committee members to this crucial task, the HEC will provide them with appropriate compensation for their invaluable services, and all relevant expenses will be borne by the commission.
The formation of this Fact-Finding Committee demonstrates the HEC’s unwavering dedication to fostering a culture of respect and safety within the higher education system. It reinforces the message that any form of harassment will not be tolerated and will be met with stern action.
Through this resolute approach, the HEC aims to create an environment where every individual can thrive academically and professionally without fear or intimidation. By holding those responsible accountable, the commission reaffirms its commitment to upholding the principles of dignity, equality, and fairness in higher education institutions across the nation.