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HEC restarts degrees verification on EC persuasion
Islamabad, Oct 16: Strong resistance from the Election Commission (EC) has
forced the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to continue the
verification process of MPs degrees which otherwise is believed to have
distanced itself from it due to non-cooperation of most of the
universities, sources said here on Friday.
The sources said
the HEC had decided in principle last week to handover all degrees, both
verified and unverified, to the EC as public and private sector
universities were not extending their due cooperation despite expiry of
various deadlines. "The EC is now not ready to take the responsibility,
insisting that it will only conduct weekly hearings to review cases and
the HEC should complete verification process on its own," they added.
sources said HEC focal person Rahim Bux Channa talked to EC focal
person Afzal Khan to informed him that the HEC would no more involved
itself in the verification process. "Channa said he would only represent
the HEC in hearings being conducted by the EC to review the cases of
The sources said the EC had assured the HEC that it
would extend its full support in the verification process and it had
already written a letter to the National Assembly speaker to ensure
provision of required degrees and documents by the lawmakers who were
still hesitant to do so.
According to official data, despite repeated
reminders the Punjab University verified only 102 degrees out of 320
sent to it for verification. The Peshawar University failed to even
verify a single degree out of 123, while the Bahauddin Zikriya
University verified only 10 degrees.
The data further showed that a
total of 1,154 degrees were sent to 34 public and private sector
universities out of which 553 were found genuine and 58 fake, while 15
parliamentarians moved courts in respect of their degree cases. The EC
did not provide 11 degrees for verification because these degrees were
not available even after the election. The HEC sent 40 degrees to
foreign universities for verification, but nine of them are yet to be
The sources said the HEC tried its level best to get all
the degrees verified according to the directives given by the Supreme
Court, but lacklustre attitude of the universities left it with no other
option but to refer the issue to the ECP.
It is pertinent to mention
here that when the HEC directed all universities to verify degrees in
line with new procedure, their response was so disappointing that it led
to cancellation of various deadlines given by the HEC to complete the
According to the procedure introduced by HEC
for verification of degrees, lawmakers have to submit degree
supplementary form and copies of computerised national identity card and
degrees of matriculation, intermediate and bachelor.
HEC official Rahim Bux Channa dismissed the impression that the
HEC had shown inability to continue verification process, saying such
report were baseless.
To a question, he said public and private
sector universities were duty bound to cooperate with the HEC and all of
them had to complete verification of degrees at any cost.
executive director Dr Sohail Naqvi told this reporter that talks about
stoppage of degree verification process by the HEC were totally baseless
because 'we are fully committed to completing the verification
"We are quite clear in our viewpoint. Universities have no
other option except to complete the verification of degrees," he added.
adds: The Election Commission, after receiving the HEC's report, has
asked the remaining 428 parliamentarians to submit copies of educational
certificates before the commission.
An EC spokesperson said the
commission had dispatched letters to speakers of provincial and national
assemblies and the Senate chairman Senate in this regard.
the EC summoned 15 lawmakers in fake degree cases on October 18. Those
summoned in bogus degree cases are: Samina Khawar Hayat, Ejaz Ahmad,
Hayatullah Tarin, Ghulam Dastigir Rajar, Afshan Farooq, Mir Badshah Khan
Kaisrani, Saeeda Majda Zaidi, Muhammad Khan Toor, Saima Aziz, Nasim
Nasir Khawaja, Shumaila Rana, Muhammad Safdar Gil, Samuel Kamran, Mazhar
Hayat and Farah Deeba.
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Universities facing problems in supplying documents: HEC
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has said that
universities are facing problems in providing information regarding
parliamentarians' computerised national identity cards (CNICs),
matriculation and intermediate certificates and other relevant documents
as per degree supplement information (DSI) form of their graduates
because some universities do not keep some or all of the documents as
permanent record. As such, universities as well the Election Commission
of Pakistan (ECP) were requested to approach the parliamentarians
concerned for provision of copies of the required documents. Despite
concerted efforts, 428 MPs have not provided the required documents to
universities or ECP.
Sources said that
the HEC has responded to the ECP letter of August 2 on Wednesday after
careful study of the situation and has told the ECP that so far HEC has
received photocopies of 1,084 academic testimonials of parliamentarians
from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Despite repeated
requests, degrees of remaining 11 parliamentarians are still awaited. On
receipt of photocopies of degrees-'asnad' of parliamentarians, copies
of the 1,044 degrees and 'asnad', along with the degree supplement
information forms (DSIFs), were sent under sealed cover to the
vice-chancellors-rectors of 35 local universities and 6 'madaris' for
verification. As many as 18 foreign universities were also contacted
through email and fax to verify the degrees issued to 40
The HEC told the Election Commission of Pakistan
that in order to bring the parliamentarian's degree verification process
in conformity with the process of degree attestation, the respective
universities were asked to provide DSI forms verifying information about
matriculation and intermediate level education of parliamentarians. In
case of 'madrassa' education, information-documents of Middle School,
Sanvia Aama, Sanvia Khasa and Shahadatul Aalia were required.
Higher Education Commission has submitted up-to-date position of the
degree verification process to the ECP. While giving the breakout, the
HEC said that 553 degrees along with DSI forms received from different
universities have been declared genuine by the HEC and forwarded to the
ECP. As many as 54 degrees-'asnad' have been declared fake or invalid by
the HEC and have also been sent to the ECP. As many as 18 degrees of
the MPs are withheld by universities because their cases are in the
court. 428 degrees have initially been processed by
universities-degree-awarding institutions, but the DSI forms are still
The HEC has complained that no response has been received
on 31 degrees from various universities. The degrees of 11 MPs have not
been provided by the ECP. These 428 degrees which are in the process of
verification by universities will be recognised by the HEC only after
receipt of DSI forms duly signed by the concerned registrar-controller
of examinations and vice-chancellor of the respective university. The news
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Degrees of PM, a number of ministers yet to be verified
Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and a number of his
cabinet colleagues are among over 400 lawmakers whose graduation
degrees are yet to be verified by the Higher Education (HEC) because
copies of their matriculation and intermediate certificates have not
The HEC has informed the Election
Commission that it is unable to verify the degrees unless it gets the
certificates. A list sent by the HEC has the names of 23 senators, 138
members of the National Assembly, 153 provincial legislators of Punjab,
21 of Sindh, 83 of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 11 of Balochistan.
people on the list include Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi,
Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, Environment Minister Hameedullah
Jan Afridi, Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Communications
Minister Arbab Alamgir Khan, Population Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan,
Youth Affairs Minister Shahid Hasan Bhutto, Minister for States and
Frontier Regions Mian Manzoor Wattoo, Food Minister Nazar Mohammad
Gondal, Minister for Special Education and Social Welfare Samina Khalid
Ghurki, Minister of State for Information Samsam Bukhari, Minister of
State for Housing Chaudhry Tariq Anis, Minister of State for
Parliamentary Affairs Mehreen Anwar Raja and Benazir Income Support
Programme's Chairperson Farzana Raja.
Interestingly, the name of
Education Minister Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali, whose Oxford degree has been
verified by the HEC, also appears on the list. Apparently because he
had also submitted his BA degree obtained from the Punjab University
along with his nomination papers.
Abdul Qayyum Jatoi, who
recently lost the post of minister for defence production for his
remarks against the judiciary and the army, is among those whose
documents are incomplete.
The list also contains the names of
Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali
Khan, Awami National Party's chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, former president
Sardar Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari, former chief minister of Punjab
Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan,
Khawaja Saad Rafiq, former interior minister Faisal Saleh Hayat,
Kashmala Tariq, Attiya Inayatullah, Amir Muqam and Fauzia Habib. The
list of senators includes the names of Law Minister Babar Awan, Leader
of the Opposition in Senate Wasim Sajjad, Pakistan Muslim League-Q chief
Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, former finance minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar,
former minister of state for information Tariq Azeem, Afrasiab Khatak
and Gulzar Ahmad Khan, father of Privatisation Minister Waqar Ahmad Khan
whose degree has been declared genuine.
Punjab Finance Minister
Tanvir Ashraf Kaira and Sanaullah Masti Khel, who gained prominence
after moving a resolution in the Punjab Assembly against the role of
media, are also on the list.
The MPAs of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on
the list include former chief minister Akram Khan Durrani, former
federal minister Anwar Saifullah Khan and Basheer Ahmad Bilour. Dawn
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AIOU changes venue for M Ed workshop
Islamabad: Due to some unavoidable
circumstances, Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has changed its
centre for M.Ed workshop for the students of Rawalpindi region from
Government Denies Higher Secondary School, Rawalpindi Cantt. to
Government Islamia Higher Secondary School No.1, Near Liaqat Bagh,
Murree Road Rawalpindi.
Rawalpindi Regional Director of AIOU
Malik Tauqir Ahmed Khan said that information letter regarding change of
centre has been sent to the students by post at their given addresses.
The students of Rawalpindi region are advised to appear for M.Ed
workshop at designated places. Daily times
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College principal made OSD
Rawalpindi: The principal of Government Degree Commerce College
for Boys was on Friday made officer on special duty (OSD) for alleged
political interference in the B. Com admissions, it has been learnt.
telephonic direction of Punjab chief minister, the chairman of
Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) made Mian
Rahat officer on special duty and directed the vice principal of the
college to act as principal till further orders.
The order did
not contain any charge against the grade 20 professor and only the chief
minister's directions have been quoted as sole reason for making him
officer on special duty. Dawn
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