Keep HEC away from degree verification
Govt plans to keep HEC away from degree verification
Islamabad, April 18: Though the
process of verification of degrees of the federal government employees is moving
at a snail's pace, the government on its part has made 'complete' arrangements
to keep the Higher Education Commission (HEC) away from this process, mainly due
to its strict stance over degree verification of the lawmakers, the sources said
A letter sent to the Cabinet Division by Secretary Establishment
Division Abdul Rauf Chaudhry on March 8, 2011 gave a message that the HEC would
be kept away from degrees verification of the federal government employees
because the respective division and heads of the government organisations would
be responsible to get degrees verified directly from the
"The verification process may be initiated by the
respective ministries/divisions and heads of autonomous/semi-autonomous
organisations at their own," the letter stated, pushing the HEC away from the
The letter further stated: "It will be the responsibility of the
concerned secretary and head of the department/organisation to have the
degrees/certificates verified. They should satisfy themselves about the
genuineness of degrees/other documents which are requirement of the post, as per
The only reference of the HEC given in the letter was about
verification of foreign degrees in these words: "Any foreign degree/diploma
should get verified from HEC."
The letter said: "The prime minister has
been pleased to direct that measures should be taken to authenticate
degrees/certificates of all federal government employees of the respective
ministries/divisions, their attached departments, subordinate offices and
autonomous bodies under their administrative control." It said: "The
degrees/certificates of both the federal government as well as
autonomous/semi-autonomous bodies/corporations working in BS-17 and BS-22 or
equivalent may be got verified by making a reference to the
universities/institutions concerned which issued the degrees/certificates."
"A certificate along with list of officers whose degrees/certificates
have been verified should be furnished to the Establishment Division within
forty five (45) days of issue of these instructions," the letter said.
is pertinent to mention here that the prime minister set the deadline of April 4
for verification of degrees of some 350,000 federal government employees;
however, the letter gave the deadline of April 23. The Establishment Division
was first directed to make arrangements for verification of degrees but later it
was decided to assign the task to the Cabinet Division.
The sources said
since the verification of degrees of members of provincial and national
assemblies and senators remains inconclusive, the verification of educational
certificates of hundreds of thousands of the federal government employees might
take years for completion.
Secretary Establishment Division Abdul Rauf
Chaudhry said that the concerned authorities were informed that the HEC
would have no role in verification of degrees of the federal government
employees as heads of the departments would be directly responsible to carry out
this task. He said heads of the departments could approach HEC only for
verification of foreign degrees but according to insiders no formal request has
so far been forwarded to HEC for verification of any such degree.
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Ogra chairman's degree found fake
Islamabad: An investigation by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has revealed that the master's degree
of Chairman Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra), Tauqir Sadiq, is fake and
the educational institution referred in the degree does not exist either in the
United States or United Kingdom.
Director HEC said on Saturday
that Islamabad High Court directed the Commission to verify the existence of an
institution by the name of American University of London. After investigation,
it was revealed that no such institution existed either in the US or
When contacted, Sadiq said his master's degree had nothing to do with
his current appointment since the qualification for the slot of chairman, as
given in Section 3 of the OGRA Ordinance, is an LLB degree and 20 years of
experience. "I did my LLB in 1987 and have 22 years of experience so I am
eligible for the post of OGRA chairman even without this master's degree," Sadiq
said. "Some corrupt elements in the institution who want to avoid
disciplinary action are trying to put pressure on me."
He said the name
of the university from where he got his master's degree is American University
in London instead of American University of London as mentioned in his
documents. He also says this university is affiliated with Quaid-i-Azam Law
The HEC says that when asked to investigate the case, it wasn't
in its knowledge if the purpose was to verify the degree itself. "Islamabad High
Court only directed us to verify the authenticity of the institution, not the
degree," said the HEC official. "So irrespective of what the purpose of the
query was, we only investigated whether the institution was operating anywhere
in the US or UK."
Tauqir Sadiq is the brother-in-law of PPP
secretary-general, Jehangir Badar, and was also employed in the Wah Ordnance
Factories. The authenticity of his degree was earlier challenged in the high
court, whereupon the Islamabad High Court ordered an investigation.
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900 Pak students studying in Saudi Arabia to be hired as 'Khuddam'
Islamabad: The Ministry of Religious Affairs will hire 900 Pakistani students studying in Saudi Arabia as
Khuddam-ul-Hujjaj for this year's pilgrimage.
Under the Haj policy-2011,
the number of local Khuddam has been increased from 250 to 900 whom's services
will be hired at 100 riyals per day, official sources told APP.
welfare services, Medical Haj Mission has been increased from 260 to 540, while
230 Khuddam will be drawn from Armed Forces, Civil Armed Forces and Pakistan Boy
Scouts and the number of local Khuddam-ul-Hujjaj will be increased from 250 to
900 subject to availability of resources," they said.
This year, one
dispensary will be set up at each residential building acquired for the Hujjaj
performing the Haj under the government scheme. The facility, equipped with
doctors and paramedical staff, will be functional round-the-clock, they
Around 180,000 pilgrims will be sent to Saudi Arabia for performing
Haj under the government and private schemes. Under the government scheme,
applications are being received from April 15 to May 10 through 5,000 designated
bank branches from across the country. "This year, there will be no balloting
for Haj as the applicants will be selected on "first-come and first-served"
basis to ensure transparency in the entire process," the sources said.
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HSSC exams from May 7
Rawalpindi: The Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) Annual
Examination of Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education will
commence from May 7. The news
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Uncertain start to academic year
Rawalpindi: Admissions given in the upgraded classes of six
schools in the city may create problems for both the administrations and
students as the education department has not yet notified their upgradation and
provided them with the needed facilities, it has been learnt.
At the start of the new academic year this month, the administrations of two elementary and four primary schools in different areas of
the city offered admissions in higher classes after the government verbally
upgraded the schools, said teachers of these schools while talking to this
The Government Girls Middle (elementary) School, Morgah, and Govt Girls
Middle School, Rajar, were upgraded to secondary level, while the Government
Boys Primary School, Aliot; Government Boys Primary School, Dhoke Chaudhrian;
Government Girls Primary School, Aria Mohallah, and Government Girls Primary
School, Dhoke Kala Khan, were upgraded to the middle level.
"We had been directed by the district education office to enroll students in
class-IX but the school administration has not yet received any notification in
this regard," said a female teacher at the school in Rajar on condition of
She said the principal had been directed to use the existing staff and
facilities to start the new classes. "If a school is upgraded, more staff is
inducted, additional classrooms are added and other facilities are made
available," the teacher said.
Another teacher in the boys' upgraded school said it would be difficult for
the existing teaching staff to take extra classes until the department hired
teachers for the upgraded classes.
"Every year in May the examination board seeks registration of students of
9th class in all the public sector schools.
However, students who took admissions to the secondary level in the upgraded
schools may not get themselves registered with the board on time," said Chaudhry
Saghir Alam, the president of Punjab Teachers Union, Rawalpindi chapter.
He said in the absence of any official notification for upgradation of the
schools, the administrations of the institutions would be unable to get their
students of 9th class registered with the examination board. He said higher
classes in the schools were initiated only after the approval of the required
staff and addition of needed facilities.
Executive District Officer Education Qazi Zahoorul Haq could not be contacted
for comments on the issue despite repeated attempts. Dawn
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Middle standard results
Islamabad: The Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) announced the result of Middle
Standard Scholarship Examination 2011 here on Saturday. The FBISE, in a press
release, advised the heads of institutions, whose students appeared in the said
examination, to depute their representatives along with authority letters for
collection of result cards of their students on April 18 from the One Window
Cell of FBISE from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The FBISE has despatched result cards of
the private candidates on the addresses provided by them in their admission
forms. Result is also available at FBISE website
www.fbise.edu.pk. The news
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