Increase in attestation fee, insufficient staff irk students visiting HEC
Islamabad, Jan 26: Without caring to improve its so-called one-window operation for attestation of degrees, Higher Education Commission (HEC) has decided to rub more salt in the wounds of suffering students and their parents by increasing the fee of degree and certificate attestation of graduate and postgraduate students from Rs 300 to Rs 500.
The HEC spokesperson was of the view that the fee had been increased because HEC was running short of funds and it had to take this initiative to generate revenue. The HEC has increased the fee of degree and certificate attestation of graduate and postgraduate students from Rs 300 to Rs 500 and photocopy of documents from Rs 100 to Rs 300, giving more pain to students who wished to go abroad as the arrangements at the attestation department were not sufficient to entertain all students in a day. Students proposed the commission to accommodate all visiting students for their respective tasks and must set up attestation departments in all regional offices of the commission in various cities. It will facilitate students who come to capital across the country to save their finances and time. The sources said daily over 200 students visit the one-window attestation department of the commission, but the HEC could not entertain more than 150 students. Because only one person has been deputed to interact and deal with students due so dozens of them have to go back in desperation, they said. Likewise, female students also have to bear the brunt as no separate window has been set up for them and they have to stand in the same queue with male students, where there is no shelter or staying area to counter the sizzling heat or stinging cold.
A number of students standing in a queue for attestation of documents, said unsatisfactory arrangements at the attestation department of HEC had irked them as they reached there from different parts of the country. "Besides, troubles in processing of our degree attestation, at present we came to know that the fee of attestation has also been increased," said a students standing in a long queue. "Now the attestation fee for original degree has been increased to Rs 500 while for duplicate (photocopy of any single degree) it is Rs 300, that is extra burden on us, besides travelling from across the country," they maintained. It would simply take four to five hours to get degrees or documents attested but there was only one window for hundreds of students who were eagerly waiting for their turn, said Yasir Mehmood, a graduate in Electrical Engineering from Kharian. Mehmood took out a printout from his pocket that he got after registering on HEC's website, besides a token number and time. He said despite the fact that he had reached earlier from the specified time but the man at counter asked him to come after two hours.
Sidra Tawakal, a Computer Sciences student from Bahawalpur suggested that the commission should accommodate all visiting students of their respective tasks and must set up their attestation department in all regional offices of the commission in various cities to facilitate students. The sources further said that the attestation of degrees, transcripts and diplomas awarded by the certified universities and degree-awarding institutions of Pakistan, both in public and private sector, was transferred to the HEC by the government in May 2000. Moreover, the HEC is also the sole regulatory body of higher education in the country entrusted with the job to determine the equivalence and recognition of degrees, diplomas and certificates awarded by institutions within the country and abroad. The HEC also started its online services in 2009 to verify degrees and certificates of students intending to get admissions abroad, in Pakistani universities or for getting jobs through online procedure.Your Comments
Increase aims to lessen, avoid needless visits: HEC
Islamabad: The degrees and transcripts can also be attested by using courier service and there is no need to visit headquarters of the commission personally, HEC media Deputy Director Waseem Khaliqdad said. He said most of the students did not adopt this facility fearing that they might lose their original documents. He confirmed that the time and money of majority of students was being spent for attestation purpose, but there were students who come here without the required documents. He acknowledged the suggestion of setting up attestation departments in all regional offices across the country. "The number of clerical staff is three to four for one window- operation but staff should be enhanced to accommodate all students in a day, the official said.
Thousands of people visit the commission for attestation of their degrees. Majority comes at the last moment without proper documents, creating hurdles for the staff, he said. "Now after increase in charges the staff will get genuine applicants who need attestation," the official concluded.
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Registration section of PMDC upgraded
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The system, which became operational with the formal inauguration by Health Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin on Tuesday, is controlled by the PMDC Registration Section.
According to PMDC Registrar Dr. Nadeem Akbar, the new registration system will contribute a lot to better health safety.
He said thumb impression was needed for registration of medical and dental practitioners with the system. He said a secure registration software had been installed in the section. He also said the number of staff manning the Registration Section had been increased by 50 per cent for better efficiency. The news
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Majority of the NIP internees batch appointed for the year 2009 have completed their one year term while some will complete in the coming months.
While the applications for the batches of year 2010 have been received and the first batch will be given appointment letters in February.
The shifting of NIP to the Establishment Division has disturbed its execution and staff is also facing problems due to delay in salaries, he said.
The new internees are waiting for their appointment letters and the previous ones are facing difficulty to get themselves adjusted in any public or private sector organization on regular basis.
NIP was a unique initiative of the government to provide experience to the graduates on completion of 16-year education but they could not determine their future in long-term.
The internees are paid a monthly stipend of Rs 10,000 during the internship period and awarded NIP certificate after successful completion of internship. app
Rehman Medical College starts functioning
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Dr Tariq Nishtar appreciated the achievements of the Rahman Medical Institute and hoped that the new college would produce high quality doctors to serve the community.The RMC Principal Prof Tariq Saeed Mufti praised all the stakeholders including the faculty and administration for making it possible to commission the medical college.
The Rehman Medical Institute Hospital is already providing state-of-the art therapy services in a variety of disciplines and is serving a large population. Meanwhile, the RMI founder Prof Dr Mohammad Rehman in his message hoped the RMC would come up to the expectations of the medical profession in training medical students. The news