LAHORE – The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Syndicate has restored with all perks and privileges two teachers who were suspended on charges of sexual harassment after the allegations against them proved baseless, TheNation reliably learnt on Sunday.

Sources privy to the development told this reporter that the Syndicate, in the light of fact-finding committee’s recommendations, observed that UVAS Institute of Bio Chemistry and Bio Technology (IBCBT) Director Prof Dr Masroor Elahi Babar and Assistant Professor Asif Nadeem were innocent and the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against them by their students were baseless.

The two teachers were accused of sexual harassment in March. Interestingly, two of the former students of Prof Dr Masroor Elahi Babar, Bilal and Waseem, alleged in a letter to Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha that Dr Babar had forced them to develop physical relations with him. Similarly, a female student Rabia Rajab of the same institute alleged that Assistant Professor Asif Nadeem had forced her to develop sexual relations with him.

On the allegation of the students, the UVAS vice chancellor suspended the teachers and formed a two-member fact-finding committee.

After the committee failed to investigate the matter, the vice chancellor constituted another three-member committee comprising Prof Dr Athar, Prof Dr Mohammad Ashraf and Prof Dr Abdullah on March 24 to probe the matter. The sources said the committee, after investigation, had declared the accused teachers as innocent.

Rabia Rajab, who accused Assistant Professor Asif Nadeem of sexual harassment, also underwent polygraph test at the Punjab Forensic Science Agency on the aforesaid issue and was declared as a liar.

The sources said the two teachers had been victimised. They alleged that the UVAS administration, under the leadership of the vice chancellor, had plotted to bleak the career of the teachers on personal grudge. They further said Dr Babar was in the race for vice chancellorship and the current vice chancellor considered him as his rival.

“Actually Dr Pasha wants to enjoy another term as the UVAS vice chancellor and his only rival could be Dr Babar, the only tenured professor of the university,” the sources explained.

It may be mentioned here that Prof Dr Sarwar of the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, has challenged Dr Pasha’s appointment in the Lahore High Court (LHC) because of his third division in Matriculation. The case is pending with the LHC. Neither Dr Pasha nor UVAS Registrar Dr Mohammad Afzal could be reached for comments despite repeated attempts by this reporter.