LAHORE: A meeting of the vice-chancellors’ committee formed by the governor of Punjab, Chaudhry Sarwar, to formulate an effective strategy to prevent incidents of harassment in public places and workplaces was held on Wednesday at the University of health sciences (UHS).
Presiding over the meeting, UHS Vice Chancellor Professor Javed Akram said internal commissions of inquiry would be formed in all medical and dental schools to investigate incidents of harassment. He said most incidents of harassment went unreported. He suggested that a study be carried out to have factual data on incidents of harassment.
Motivational speaker Qasim Ali Shah said Pakistan Telecommunications Authority should pay attention to the threat of obscenity. “The whole of society has been hijacked by cell phones,” he lamented and added that laws and systems in countries with the lowest number of harassment incidents should be investigated.
Religious scholar Maulana Muhammad Yousaf said that worship prevents bad deeds. He added that the punishment for false statements in such cases is prescribed in the Holy Quran.
Professor Kanwal Amin from the University of Home Economics said the media should show responsibility in reporting such incidents. She added that there was a harassment policy of the Higher Education Commission for Universities which was very comprehensive.
Professor Talat Naseer Pasha, VC of the University of Education, said 80% of the bullying cases turned out to be bogus. Professor Anila Kamal, VC of Rawalpindi Women’s University, said incidents of harassment had always existed; it’s only now that people have started talking about it. She said building the character of young people would make a difference.
Lawyer Noshab A Khan said the Supreme Court recently declared the existing harassment law cosmetic and inadequate. The existing law needs to be amended, in particular as regards the definition of harassment.
The meeting was also attended by Government College Women’s University Sialkot VC Prof Rukhsana Kausar, University of South Asia VC Mian Imran Masood, Punjab Tianjin University VC Dr Abdul Sattar Shakir, SSP Operations Lahore Ismail Kharak, social worker Maliha Hussain, Prof Sidrah Saleem, Dr Sara Ghafoor and Dr Allah Rakha.
Job portal: The University of Punjab on Wednesday launched a job portal to provide employment opportunities for PU students and the best human resource for the industry. In this regard, an agreement was signed with rozee.pk at the office of the Vice-Chancellor of PU in which PU VC Prof Niaz Ahmad, Clerk Dr Muhammad Khalid Khan, Director Regional Integration Center PU Dr Fozia Hadi Ali, Country Head Shahbaz Khan, Director Training Tehmina and the deans of various faculties participated.
Addressing the ceremony, Professor Niaz Ahmad of PU VC said the administration has focused on producing high-level graduates by providing quality education and promoting the culture of research.
He said that through the creation of the job portal, PU students would be able to find out about job opportunities in the relevant field. He said the university is strengthening ties between industry and academia and making efforts to address socio-economic issues facing the country.