LAHORE: The Government College University Lahore faculty, staff members and students celebrated Christmas with the university’s Christian community. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Asghar Zaidi and Guest of Honor Dr. Bishop Azad Marshall cut the Christmas cake with the university’s Christian staff and faculty members.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Asghar Zaidi said that GCU had always stood out for promoting tolerance and religious harmony. He hoped that the second wave of COVID-19 would be over soon and they would hold a bigger event with the families on Easter.

Bishop Azad Marshall said that all religions teach peace. He said Christmas was a time of delight, sharing the joys and sufferings of others, acceptance, forgiveness, reconciliation, celebrations and promoting love and peace.

Dr Peter John from the university’s Chemistry Department also spoke on the occasion.

The Christian community expressed gratitude and said that Christmas gave the message of peace and love to all humanity.

In the latest development regarding the allegations of sexual harassment leveled by students of Lahore Grammar School (LGS), CM Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar and Education Minister Dr Murad Rass have taken notice of the reports and sought a report into the matter from the departments concerned.

The District Education Authority (DEA) has also formed a three-member committee to probe the incident. The members will consist of officials from the School Education Department (SED) and senior teachers of public sector schools. According to the notification, Government Islamia High School Lahore Cantt Principal Ghayas Sabir will be the convener of the committee, while members Shahid Ali Shah and Sadia Naseem will be from the Deputy District Education Officer Model Town. The committee will present its recommendations to the DEA Lahore Chief Executive Officer within three days. 
Earlier, the management of Lahore Grammar School, 1-A/1 branch, fired four employees including a teacher and support staff after some female students resorted to social media to raise a voice against purported sexual harassment. A number of female students narrated tales of how these staff members continued to harass students for years. They claimed that they had been facing harassment since 2016 and had filed numerous complaints to the management but to no avail. Some students even said they had to go as far as leaving the school to avoid harassment.
Chief Minister Buzdar has asked CCPO Lahore to investigate the allegations. He said harassment of students would not be tolerated and action against the accused would be taken per law.  in a tweet, Education Minister Murad Rass said, “I will deal with the case in LGS 1A1 myself. I have talked to the principal this morning, getting all the details. These children are my children, I will protect them. This case will be brought to a proper conclusion according to law. Make no mistake about it.”
All Pakistan Private Schools Federation (APPSF) President Kashif Mirza has condemned the reports of harassment of students.  “I Have taken notice of the harassment allegations. All Pakistan Private Schools Federation will support the victims and our helpline is available for complaints of such cases. Our regional offices also have been alerted to this issue.”
Related: BZU Terminates Faculty Member on Harassment Charges

 The University of Education (UE) Lahore and Selcuk University, Turkey have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation between both institutions.

With a mission to raise competent and virtuous individuals for the future with an enterprising and innovative approach and to do sustainable progress-oriented research, Selcuk University is one of the biggest universities in Turkey with its 23 faculties, 7 institutes, 5 higher schools, 1 conservatory, 22 vocational higher schools, 54 research and application centers.

According to the MoU, areas of cooperation will include exchange of faculty members for lectures and short-term visits, student exchange and post-doctoral fellows in the field of sciences, as well as invitations to scholars for participation in various conferences in the universities through video conferences and symposia. Students and staff will also have access to the publications.

The University of Education and Selcuk University have also planned joint exploration of national and international funding opportunities to accomplish the aims of cooperative agreements between the two institutions.

Vice Chancellor of University of Education Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha signed the MoU on behalf of the University of Education, while Selcuk University Rector Professor Dr Mustafa SAHIN signed the MoU on the behalf of the Turkish university.

Related: Dr Talat Naseer Pasha: All Geared Up to Transform University of Education

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