DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Another assistant professor has been sacked in the probe of harassment claims in Gomal University of Dera Ismail Khan.
According to a notification issued by the university administration, Assistant Professor Muhammad Zubair has been sacked after he was proven guilty in probe of harassment claims, as per the inquiry committee report. The registrar office of the university has issued a formal notification of the professor’s sacking.
On March 06, 2020, four employees of Gomal University were sacked over alleged involvement in sexual harassment of female students.
According to a notification, on the instructions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shah Farman, who is also Chancellor of the public sector universities, an inquiry committee was formed to probe complaints of sexual harassment and financial mismanagement in Gomal University. The committee recommended sacking of the four employees.
According to the notification, the sacked employees included Professor Dr Bakhtiar Khan, Assistant Professor Imran Qureshi, Game Supervisor Hikmatullah and Laboratory Attendant Hafeezullah.
The notification of suspension of Director Administration Dil Nawaz Khan on sexual harassment charges was already issued, while former chairman of Linguistics Department Professor Dr Salahuddin was also forced to resign on similar charges which were unveiled by a private TV channel.
The governor has conveyed a clear message to all the universities to correct their state of affairs. He said no hesitation will be made to sack or even send to jail such employees who are playing with the future of students.
After increasing complaints of harassment of students, the administration of Gomal University Dera Ismail Khan has decided that no teacher will be given separate room, and cameras will be installed in all the classrooms and offices.
After the dismissal of Professor Salahuddin, the students of Gomal University have also launched protests against harassment incidents and other problems of the university. After so many complaints and protests, the university administration held a meeting. The vice-chancellor said during the meeting that no teacher will be given a separate room and two or three teachers will use one room, and cameras will be installed in all classrooms and offices to keep an eye on all activities.