HEC transparent degree verification

Transparent criterion being adopted to verify degrees: HEC
Islamabad, Jan 15: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has informed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) that a transparent criterion has been adopted to verify degrees and maintained that no graduation degree could ever be verified without provision of matriculation and intermediate certificates by the elected representatives, sources said here on Friday.

The high-ups of the HEC, while requesting anonymity, said they have informed the ECP about the actual position and the procedure being followed not only to verify degrees of the elected representatives but also common students.

They said names of only those lawmakers have been recently forwarded to ECP who continued to fail to provide degrees of matriculation and intermediate despite repeated requests and reminders without which HEC is not able to verify their graduation degrees.

The official data showed that list sent to ECP contained names of 298 legislators including 112 members of the National Assembly, 102 of the Punjab Assembly, 10 each of Balochistan and Sindh Assemblies and 43 of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and 21 members of the Senate. The list also included the name of late Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari.

One of the officials referred to claims of an MPA who produced a graduation degree from a local university in a talk show and claimed that his degree was genuine but now the same MPA is saying he did his graduation from London.

The official said there was no other way except to ask ECP to declare degrees of those lawmakers dubious who have so far not produced their degrees of matriculation and intermediate even when speakers of national and provincial assemblies are also pressing them to do so.

He said any lawmaker would be a fake graduate and liable to be referred to trial court if he/she holds any bogus degree in earlier educational career.

"ECP has the authority to ask lawmakers for provision of degree supplementary forms and speakers of national and provincial assemblies can even take action against them if they do not follow rules and procedures adopted to verify degrees," he said.

HEC's focal person Rahim Bux Channa said that it is up to ECP to take appropriate steps with an aim to ensure that degree verification process reaches its logical end.

"We have forwarded the list of lawmakers who did not provide degrees of matriculation and intermediate and also informed ECP that it is not possible for them to complete verification process without these degrees," he said.

He said they have so far verified 664 degrees out of which 610 have been declared genuine and 54 fake or invalid while 14 members have moved courts with regard to authentication of their degrees.

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Education report to be launched on January 17
Islamabad: The South Asian Forum for Education Development (SAFED) and 'Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi' (ITA) is launching 'Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) Pakistan (Rural) - 2010' at the Planning Commission auditorium, P-Block, Pakistan Secretariat, on January 17 (Monday), says a press release.

Before the formal launch, a panel discussion will be held on the ASER 2010 survey findings. The discussion is scheduled to be participated by prime minister's special assistant on social sectors Shehnaz Wazir Ali, Pratham India Chief Executive Officer Dr. Madhav Chavan, MNA and standing committee on women chairperson Bushra Gohar, ministry of finance's special secretary Wajid Rana, ministry of education federal secretary Muhammad Athar Tahir, NEAS coordinator Jamil Bajwa and SAFED coordinator Baela Raza Jamil.

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Harvard University students visit NDMA
Islamabad: A group of students from the Harvard University, USA, visited the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

NDMA Chairman Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmed briefed them about the recent floods and subsequent relief and recovery efforts in the flood-affected areas.

He highlighted the increasing frequency of natural disasters world over due to multiple factors including climate change being one of the important drivers. He said that Pakistan is also a disaster prone country and has faced multiple disasters within a short span of time. It has learnt valuable lessons while dealing with these mega disasters and can share its experiences with the world.

While briefing the students on the recent floods, the NDMA chairman said that the calamity has caused losses of US$10 billion and affected more than 20 million people. He said that NDMA has coordinated the largest-ever humanitarian aviation operation through which more than 12,000 metric tons of relief goods were airlifted to the affected areas.

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I-8/3 college has new student council
Islamabad: Our youth is striving hard to excel in the field of education, which is highly encouraging and we are optimistic that the young generation with their sound abilities is capable to run the affairs of state in future.

Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Imtiaz Inayat Elahi said this on the occasion of colourful oath-taking ceremony of students council held at Federal Government College for Women, Sector I-8/3, here on Friday.

The chairman said that extra curriculum activities along with education are extremely necessary, which enable the students with best professional skills to meet the challenges of life efficiently. He greeted the newly elected members of the students council and urged them to prove their worth, exemplary character and personality in both curriculum and extra curriculum activities.

Imtiaz said that the present era is of science and information technology, which has squeezed the world into a global village, adding that students should take full advantage of science and technology to resolve issues confronting the country.

Earlier, in her address principal of the college highlighted the academic achievements and the problems faced by the college, in details. The director general Education Board also addressed the ceremony. The news

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