Punjab University mysterious degrees verification
PU fails to verify degrees of 1,100 MPs in two months
Lahore, Sept 22: Degrees of around 1,100
legislators could not be verified in over two months while the Punjab
University, on average, verifies over 4,000 degrees a month, a fact
which creates serious doubts about mysterious handling of the issue.
According to PU sources, the varsity has verified over 33,000 degrees,
excluding of MPs, from January to August with an average of 40,00 a
The PU and other varsities receive degrees, in routine, from
government departments and private organisations for verification of
degrees of job seekers. The departments are required to submit complete
documents including original degrees, certificates and registration
number etc to the varsities so that the process could be completed
without any waste of time. Sources said delay in the provision of
required documents to universities was the sole cause of a slow
verification process otherwise the whole chapter would have been closed
In June, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) had sent
degrees of around 1000 MPs to universities across the country for
verification while the rest were not received by the Election Commission
of Pakistan (ECP) by the time. Out of them dozens were sent back to the
HEC as they were unreadable.
A number of varsities, including the
PU, have yet to complete verification of some MP degrees. The PU is
waiting for documents of around 18 MPs while it has verified and sent
back over 300 degrees of MPs to the HEC after verification. Sources said
the HEC directive to varsities in August 2010, to collect photocopies
of national identity cards (NIC) and matriculation and intermediate
certificates from MPs was being seen as delaying tactics.
of different varsities, on condition of anonymity, said delay in the
provision of required documents seemed to be a deliberate effort to slow
down the process of verification otherwise it was not rocket science.
Talking about political pressure, they also referred to news
reports related to the HEC chairman according to which Dr Javaid Laghari
was under tremendous pressure from different quarters. After the
reports, a meeting between Dr Laghari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza
Gilani was also held in which the HEC chairman was assured of full
support from the government for verification of degrees.
A number of
deadlines were set by the HEC for universities to complete the process
but to no avail. The latest deadline to varsities is September 24. When
contacted, neither Dr Javaid Laghari nor executive director Dr Sohail H
Naqvi were available for comment despite repeated attempts. However, Dr
Mahmood Raza, head of a review committee constituted by the commission
for verification of degrees, denied any political pressure on the issue.
He said to keep the whole process fair and compatible, varsities had
been asked to collect other academic documents including certificates of
matriculation and intermediate from MPs, adding that earlier
verification was being done through photocopies of graduation degrees
only. Dr Raza said some varsities took the HEC directive as
infringement on their autonomy, however, they later started collecting
the required documents from the MPs. The news
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LHC suspends expulsion of 15 QAMC students
Bahawalpur: The Lahore High Court's Bahawalpur Bench on Tuesday
temporarily suspended the expulsion of 15 students of the Quaid-i-Azam
Medical College and summoned the principal and members of the academic
council along with relevant record tomorrow (Thursday).
expulsion orders were suspended on a writ petition filed by the
students. The petitioners contended that the expulsion orders were mala
fide and the academic council had no powers to do so as only the
college's disciplinary committee could take action against them on the
charges of violence.
They also submitted that they were not
summoned for explanation by the academic council before the issuance of
the expulsion orders.
MULTAN: The Nishtar Medical College's
Student Action Committee has demanded suspension of the Quaid-i-Azam
Medical College principal and the Bahawalpur district police officer
besides withdrawal of expulsion of 34 QAMC students.
at a press conference here on Tuesday, Mansoor Awan, Usman Gujjar, Adnan
Mehboob and other members of the Student Action Committee deplored that
the QAMC management had expelled 34 students despite the fact that none
of them belonged to any specific group or political party.
They said the only fault of these students was that they were peacefully
protesting for their rights. They alleged that at the behest of the
principal the district police tortured the students (including girls).
The Punjab government had not taken action against the police and the
college administration even a month after the issues developed, which
showed political pressure on the government, they said. Dawn
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Teachers, students rally against autonomy to colleges
Lahore: A large number of college teachers and students took out a rally
on Tuesday to protest autonomy to 26 public colleges and establishment
of boards of governors (BoGs) in these institutes by the Punjab
government. The protesters also criticised the federal government for
ignoring the Higher Education Commission (HEC), saying the public
universities were facing the worst financial problems owing to lack of
funding to the Commission. The "Save Education" rally was organised by
the Joint Action Committee (JAC), a consortium of the Punjab Professors
and Lecturers Association (PPLA), Senior Staff Association (SSA) and
Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT), from Nasir Bagh to Faisal Chowk.
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'Teachers, IJT campaign anti-education'
Lahore: A spokesman for the Higher Education Department, Punjab, has said that
talented students want to acquire quality education through four-year
degree programme. He, however, said that under the ulterior motives, a
group of teachers, who taught in academies and private colleges during
college time, was opposing the programme. The spokesman termed the
protest campaign of the Asatza Mahaz and the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba an
anti-education step, saying these elements were trying to destroy the
peace of educational institutions.
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Teachers protest HEC budget cut today
Faisalabad: The Academic Staff Association (ASA) University of
Agriculture, Faisalabad in a bid to show solidarity with the Federation
of All Pakistan Academic Staff Association (FAPASA) will observe a
protest against cut in budget of Higher Education Commission (HEC) in
the front of administration block of the University on Wednesday (today)
at 10:30 am.
Highlighting details, ASA general-secretary Dr Masood
Sadiq Butt said academic and administrative Staff of the university will
demonstrate their protest in favour of their demands of increase in
salaries and other resources for Research and Development (R&D). Dr
Butt said the university employees will conduct a peaceful rally in 1st
phase and academic boycott would be observed in 2nd phase.
conclude: New Admissions for post-graduate, under-graduate and
intermediate pre-agriculture programmes in University of Agriculture,
Faisalabad have concluded with highest ever record applications in the
history of the university. Lauding highest rate of applications in
various degree programmes, Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, VC UAF termed it
landmark for the agricultural sector of the country. The news
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