Federal govt employees degree verification
Degree verification of federal govt employees may take years
Islamabad, Sep 15: In the absence of any clear vision and procedures the degree verification process,
targeting some 350,000 federal government employees, has faltered following the
initial enthusiasm thus bringing a sort of encouragement to the fake degree
holders not to offer cooperation to the relevant authorities.
said despite passage of two revised deadlines the process of verification of
degrees of the federal government employees, initiated on the directives of the
prime minister, failed to make any headway.
An official said since the
verification of degrees of members of provincial and national assemblies and
senators also remains inconclusive; the verification of educational certificates
of hundreds of thousands of the federal government employees might take years
The sources said the government s strategy to keep Higher
Education Commission (HEC), the sole competent authority to verify degrees, away
from the verification process resulted in its failure and now no one exactly
knows how many federal government employees have so far submitted their
educational certificates to their relevant departments and whether or not
submitted degrees have been sent to relevant educational institutions for
It is pertinent to mention here that Prime Minister Syed
Yusuf Raza Gilani set two months deadline on February 5 this year to complete
the verification process and it was also extended for another 20 days but the
relevant departments failed to fully comply with the directives of the highest
One of the sources claimed that the verification
process was announced when some parliamentarians urged the prime minister to put
pressure on bureaucracy because according to them pro-establishment bureaucrats
had been trying to defame the elected representatives through verification of
The sources said if the government was sincere in its
effort then it should have given this task to HEC but contrary to this it
entrusted the task to other departments that have apparently no time for this
According to official data a letter sent to the Cabinet Division
by then 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 universities.
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/organization 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 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.
Despite repeated attempts on cellular
phone, Press Secretary of the Prime Minister Akram Shaheedi could not be
contacted. The news
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Federal schools: Teachers to go on strike
Islamabad: The Federal government and the model college's
teachers associations on Wednesday joined hands to press the government for
acceptance of their demands and decided to go on strike again. A meeting of the
office-bearers of the two associations showed concern about 'indifferent'
attitude of the administration concerned towards up-gradation of college
teachers as promised by Prime Minister Yuosuf Raza Gilani in the recent past.
The members unanimously decided that the college teachers would hold
demonstration besides boycotting the classes.
Federal Government Teachers Association (FGTA) has been fighting for
up-gradation of over 1,400 teachers who had been serving in Grade 16 for the
last 22 years and more. They were also struggling for up-gradation of nearly 850
teachers whose promotions were upheld after the government linked work
experience and education qualification to progress.
The protests would start at small scale from September 19 till September 22
when faculty members would wear black armband.
Then from September 23 till the 27 they would boycott classes in the last two
periods and from September 28 to October 1 they would skip first two
On October 3 the protest would likely to take the shape of a demonstration in
front of National Press Club and full day boycott of classes would follow. And
from October 4 to 5 a full day they would boycott classes.
The teaching staff would take to the streets again on October 6 when they
would gather in front of the parliament and boycott classes until their demands
After framing the protest schedule, Professor Khalida Makhdoom said that
teachers had been struggling and raising voice for up-gradation ever since
former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz gave assurances to the teachers on October 5,
2006 (World Teachers Day).
The present Prime Minister Yuosuf Raza Gilani also assured to up-grade
teachers on November 8, 2010 in a gathering specially called for this purpose in
Teachers of universities were instantly up-graded within few months, he said
adding that they were also given assurance that they would also be
Professor Abdur Raqeeb, a reperesentative of model colleges' wing, said that
a directive of the prime minister was also issued in this regard. Since the
authorities were ignoring all requests, teachers had decided to launch a protest
against what he believed was discriminatory treatment.
Professor Zahid Ali Shah, President Joint Action Forum, had already informed
the administration about the level of anxiety among the teaching community.
And Professor Tahir Mahmood said, "We sharpen the human and national destiny.
We produce doctors, engineers, economic professional, hard working workforce of
all kinds and even the generations of technocrats, statesmen and politicians.
Doctors have struggled and ultimately got what they were asking for. We pledge
to continue our struggle until our demands are met," he added urging all
faculties to mobilize community. Dawn
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