Big universities & HEC directive
HEC directive baffles universities
Islamabad, Aug 17: BIG universities in Punjab and across the country are baffled by Higher
Education Commission's directive to collect parliamentarians'
matriculation and intermediate certificates as well as national identity
card numbers and submit these to the commission.
they never allowed politicians access to universities during
verification of their graduation degrees. However, the new directive
from HEC is putting them before the politicians to ask them to give
their matriculation and intermediate certificates and identity card
numbers. "This is very strange," says a senior official at the Punjab
HEC has issued a formal direction to 10
universities in the country to contact the politicians whom they awarded
graduation degrees and ask them to give copies of their matriculation
and intermediate certificates for verification by HEC. The letter issued
by HEC says this issue has been decided by the authority. It asks
varsities to submit the required documents by August 25.
officials of various universities say it is not their duty to contact
parliamentarians and seek copies of their certificates. Punjab
University officials said a copy of the identity card was not a
requirement of the university before 2004. "Why the commission itself is
not contacting parliamentarians and asking them to give copies of their
certificates and identity cards?" asks a Punjab University official.
Officials say the government itself may write to education boards to
get the copies of certificates and call Nadra to get identity card
numbers. "We have nothing to do with the matriculation and intermediate
certificates as well as identity cards," an official said.
Punjab University official said the university verified graduation
degrees of around 400 parliamentarians and it would be imprudent to
expect from it that it would also locate matriculation and intermediate
certificates of these MPs.
The official said this new exercise
would just negate the graduation degrees' verification during which
politicians were not allowed to have any contact with university
officials. "No big university has responded to HEC's new demand but
smaller universities are contacting parliamentarians for this purpose,"
"why universities issue degrees ,call them dubious later in verification process,if they issue it and degree is registered with proper serial number they must be bound to verify it,because whole process is scrutinized,and secrutineer must be caught and university must be accountable for it ,if some anomaly is found in the recard,they are destroying the career of the people owing to their negligence.University can quash the degree after 3 years not later than this according to rules but they are not folowing it and bringing bad name to degree holder who have nothing to play any role in the secrecy branch.Many innocent people are suffering owing to fault of universities and people concerned should take notice of it"
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Degree verification: HEC unable to take action against its employee
Islamabad: Though the Higher Education Commission (HEC) claims
to have the sole authority of determining the status of degrees, it has
failed to take action against one of its own employees whose PhD has
been proved dubious.
Moreover, doctorate degree of an assistant
professor of a federal university has also been found fake, but the HEC
officials despite knowing the wrong are keeping mum over the
The HEC has questioned PhD degree of Dr Shaheen
Khan, the chairperson of Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary
Education (FBISE). Actually, according to the HEC's own inquiry, her
claim of having done PhD from Karachi University has been proven wrong,
sources close to the development said. However, they said, the HEC
seemed reluctant to take up the case.
When contacted, HEC
Chairman Dr Javed Leghari confirmed that Karachi University had been
asked to clarify its position on the PhD thesis of Ms Khan. "It has been
some time since HEC wrote to the Karachi University regarding FBISE
chairperson's doctorate but it has yet to receive any response. Yes, as
per our findings, her research work is not original," said the HEC
chief. Ms Khan, who originally belongs to HEC, is currently holding the
charge of FBISE along with the additional responsibility of Federal
Directorate of Education (FDE) director-general.
said the department concerned was following the degree issue of Ms Khan
and in case the Karachi University failed to respond to HEC queries, the
commission would take its own course of action.
The HEC is
also facing lack of cooperation from International Islamic University
(IIU) whose one assistant professor is holding PhD from a non-recognised
American university. Actually, the US government has banned
Rashid Karim is working with the
IIU as assistant professor on the basis of a degree which neither the US
education authorities nor HEC accept. When asked, Dr Leghari said HEC's
quality assurance department was in touch with the IIU over the issue.
When contacted, IIU Vice-President Parveen Qadir Agha confirmed the
anomalies surrounding the PhD degree of Mr Karim.
teacher, she said it was an issue of the HEC which didn't recognise the
university from where the assistant professor had completed his PhD.
"Even if Mr Karim's PhD is not accepted by the HEC, the IIU can keep him
on the basis of his MS degree."
Discussion is also on within
the HEC whether Dr Abdul Rauf Farooqi, who is working under the
heavily-paid foreign faculty hiring programme, possessed enough genuine
teaching experience. Dr Farooqi, who initially worked as FFHP professor
at Allama Iqbal Open University, has now been shifted to IIU.
Dr Leghari also promised to look into the issue of Dr Farooqi. However,
sources said in all the three cases, the people were well connected and
it would not be easy for the HEC to take any action against them.
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Names of lawmakers with genuine degrees revealed
Islamabad: The names of the 247 lawmakers whose degrees have
been declared as genuine by Higher Education Commission (HEC) after
scrutiny have come to light.
The list of the lawmakers
possessing genuine degrees that was recently handed over by the HEC to
Election Commission (EC) contained the names of 31 Senators, 72 members
of the National Assembly and 144 members of the provincial assemblies.
These lawmakers are among the 294 politicians whose educational qualifications have been scrutinised so far.
among the Senators who were given a clean chit were Interior Minister
Rehman Malik, Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Privatisation
Minister Waqar Ahmad Khan, Minister for Ports and Shipping Babar Khan
Ghauri, Senate Chairman Farooq H. Naek, Deputy Chairman of Senate Jan
Mohammad Jamali, PML-N Chairman Raja Mohammad Zafarul Haq, Chairman of
PML (like-minded) Salim Saifullah Khan, S.M. Zafar (PML-Q), Maulana
Abdul Ghafoor Hyderi (JUI-F), Prof Khursheed Ahmad (JI), Ilyas Ahmad
Bilour (ANP), and Mian Raza Rabbani and Faisal Raza Abidi (PPP).
members of the Senate who were found to be holding genuine degrees
included Sughra Imam, Safdar Ali Abbasi, Shahid Hasan Bugti, Ghufran
Khan, Mushahidullah Khan, Haroon Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Semeen Siddiqui,
Ahmad Ali, Dr Khatumal Jeewan, Shirala Malik, Abdul Rasheed, Mohammad
Saleh Shah, Kalsoom Parveen, Hafiz Rasheed Ahmad, Rana Bhagwandas Chawla
and Dr Abdul Khaliq Pirzada.
Education Minister Sardar Aseff
Ahmad Ali's name was on top of the list of MNAs with genuine degrees.
Other members of the cabinet on the list were Minister for Labour and
Manpower Dr Farooq Sattar, Minister for Industries and Production Mir
Hazar Khan Bijarani, Minister of State for Finance Hina Rabbani Khar,
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Malik Amad Khan, Minister of State
for Ports and Shipping Nabeel Ahmad Gabol, and Adviser to the Prime
Minister on Social Sector Shahnaz Wazir Ali.
Other members of
the National Assembly given a clean chit included JUI chief Maulana
Fazlur Rahman, former information minister Shehrbano (Sherry) Rehman,
former interior minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi,
Ayaz Amir and Khurram Dastgir Khan (PML-N), Marvi Memon, Zobeida Jalal
and Nousheen Saeed (PML-Q), Fouzia Wahab, Dr Azra Fazal Pecheho and
Nafeesa Shah (PPP), and Haider Abbas Rizvi and Khushbakht Shujaat (MQM).
The names of Moonis Elahi and Shahan Malik were on the list of
37 members of the Punjab Assembly who were declared to be possessing
The 71 members of the Sindh Assembly found to
be having genuine degrees included Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah,
Speaker Nisar Ahmad Khuhro, provincial ministers Shazia Marri, Shoaib
Bokhari, Mohammad Adil Siddiqui, Syed Faisal Ali Sabzwari, Agha Siraj
Khan Durrani, Nargis N.D. Khan and former chief minister Arbab Ghulam
The 15 members of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly whose
names were on the list were Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao, Ghani Dad Khan,
Mehmood Alam, Karamatullah Khan, Said Rahim, Wajid Ali Khan, Waqar
Ahmad Khan, Mohammad Ayub Khan, Muhammad Zahir Shah Khan, Saleem Khan,
Mahmood Zaib Khan, Mohammad Humayun Khan, Noor Sahar, Dr Yasmin Jabeen
and Makhdumzada Syed Murid Kazim Shah.
The 21 members of the
Balochistan Assembly cleared by the HEC were Capt (retd) Abdul Khaliq
Achakzai, Tariq Hussain Bugti, Sardar Mohammad Aslam Bizenjo, Abdul
Rehman, Engineer Basant Lal Gulshan, Dr Ruqayya Saeed Hashmi, Asfandyar
Khan, Mohammad Ismael Gujar, Jan Ali Changazai, Bibi Zarina, Husun Bano,
Raheela Hameed Khan Durrani, Mir Shoaib Nosherwani, Mir Amanullah, Mir
Mohammad Sadiq Umrani, Mir Salim Ahmad Khosa, Syed Ahsan Shah, Masood
Ali Khan, Zafarullah Khan Zehri and Mir Mohammad Bakhtiar Khan Domki.
last name on the list is that of former provincial minister Rubina
Irfan. Interestingly, the HEC had included her name in the list of 47
lawmakers holding fake or invalid degrees as well.
of hundreds of legislators are still being scrutinised, not because
their degrees are suspect but mainly because the accompanying documents
required were either missing or incomplete.
The accompanying documents required are matric and intermediate certificates. Dawn
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NIP interns demands release of stipend before Eid
Islamabad: Interns working under the National Internship Programme
(NIP) in various departments of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi
are yet to get stipend. The internees have appealed to the concerned
authorities to ensure the release of their stipend before Eid. It is the
second time during fiscal year 2009-10 that payments to interns have
been delayed for such a long period.
programmes were meant to facilitate the unemployed graduates with
stipend of Rs. 10,000 per month till they get some respectable jobs, but
due to its non-payment their financial problems remain unaddressed.
A number of interns told APP that they could earn some money by working in private organisations.
Ishaq Khan one of the interns, said government had initiated the
programmes to compensate unemployed educated youth financially. But,
he regretted, they had yet to get a single month's stipend for the last
A number of graduates working under the NIP expressed grave concern
over the situation and said delayed payments had forced many interns to
leave their jobs.
"Most of us belong to low-income group families. We can't afford even
travel expenses for a month without a stipend," an intern Fouzia Jabeen
"The government must take notice of the issue and ensure timely release of stipend," she added.
An official of NIP said that the amount would be disbursed among NIP
interns. He said the payment of the stipend was delayed due to the
inquiry being conducted to ensure that they were not government
He also claimed that some of the interns still have not opened their
banks accounts which was causing delay in disbursement of stipend.
The minister has taken a serious notice of the news reports that in
some areas stipends to NIP internees is not being paid timely, he added. App
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