The Institute of Business Administration (IBA), one of Pakistan’s leading universities, has apparently hushed up a harassment case involving a foreign faculty member.
A source at IBA familiar with the case told media sources that a case was prepared against Dr Tiago Ferreira Lopes, a Portuguese national, by a senior administration staff member and Dr Lopes was later forced to resign instead of a proper inquiry being initiated against him as per government rules.
The IBA administration, according to the source in the administration, has documentary evidence including closed circuit television camera footage as well as WhatsApp messages which warrant that Dr Lopes had harassed some students of IBA.
“Dr Lopes left in the middle of the spring semester this January,” recalled an IBA student, who was taking Dr Lopes course. As many as six students were doing research work under Dr Lopes.
Later, IBA Associate Dean Dr Huma Baqai and some other teachers took over Dr Lopes’ courses. He taught political communication and comparative politics, according to the student.