DERA ISMAIL KHAN: 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.

The decision has been taken after dismissal of former chairman of Linguistics Department of Gomal University on harassment charges and similar probes against some other staff members. The students of Gomal University are also staging protests against alleged harassment incidents and other problems of the university.

After so many complaints and protests, the university administration held a meeting on Tuesday which was chaired by Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Sarwar Chaudhry and attended by heads of all the university departments, Registrar Tariq Mehmood, deans of faculties, directors and administrative officers.

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.

The meeting decided to take disciplinary action against those found in defaming the university. Participants of the meeting agreed that all the investigations into sexual harassment complaints must be completed as soon as possible and the responsible people must be made accountable. The vice-chancellor said probe in all harassment cases is almost complete and these cases will be taken to logical end.

The vice-chancellor said absence of any teacher during class time constitutes a breach of duty which will never be tolerated. He asked all heads of departments to ensure attendence of all teachers. He said the deans of faculties must conduct surprise visits to different classrooms randomly to check attendance and progress of classes. He said absent teachers must be sacked as they don’t deserve to be the part of the university team.

Professor Dr Sarwar Chaudhry said the bio-metric attendance system is being suspended in the university temporarily owing to the threat of coronavirus. He said it is the responsibility of deans of faculties to ensure attendance of teachers. He said any breach of discipline will never be tolerated and harassers will be sacked.