Lahore, Jan 24 (www.pakdestiny.com) Punjab University vice-chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran has used the female faculty members to remove Communication Studies director Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz.
Kamran who is also “not clean” on sexual harassment matters has shown the door Naz for committing a “sexual harassment at workplace” to settle a personal score against him.
An ICS faculty member and Campus Radio’s assistant news producer had lodged sexual harassment complaint with the vice-chancellor against Dr Naz.
Those who are close to Naz told Pak Destiny that they would soon come up with some “stunning stuff” against Mujahid Kamran if he did not restore Naz him to his position.
According to details, in order to permit an impartial inquiry into the allegations of sexual harassment at workplace, the PU VC on Monday withdrew office order issued on March 17, 2009.
The VC’s latest office order says that the institute shall now be looked after by Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences dean with the assistance of Dr Afirah Hamid, assistant professor of communication studies, till further orders.
Prof Dr Zikriya Zakir, the faculty dean, said he had received two complaints lodged by two faculty members and he had called them for their stance. He said both complainants said that they stood by the charges they had levelled against Dr Naz. Consequently, he said, he wrote to the vice-chancellor that justice warranted that investigation should be conducted into the allegations. He said the PU administration would constitute an inquiry committee.
Besides assistant news producer, a female faculty member, who requested anonymity, said she had explained the circumstances and exchange of hot words in institute’s faculty meeting on Jan 9.
Dr Naz’s removal was inevitable since the Punjab government had amended Universities’ Acts and bound all vice-chancellors to convey their orders, made using emergency powers (Section 15(3) in case of Punjab University), to the pro-chancellor and Syndicate members within seven days and get his orders ratified from the Syndicate within 45 days.
The faculty member said Dr Naz had served as director for almost four years and taking his case to the next Syndicate meeting might earn him directorship on a regular basis.
It may be mentioned that the committees constituted by the chief minister, which had recommended to clip powers and bring VCs under scrutiny, had informed that the PU VC had reported the appointment of academic departments and institutes’ chairmen and directors, respectively, to the Syndicate after two-and-half years in 1691st meeting of the Syndicate on April 21, 2012. – pak destiny- agencies