Fake foreign universities admission websites

Fake websites depriving students of money
Islamabad, July 12, 2008: A large number of students aspiring to get admission in foreign academic institutions have become victims of fake websites that are, having similar pattern to that of original ones, not only depriving them of admission but also causing them financial losses.

Many students are quite perturbed over the situation, as they have left with no option because admissions in almost all major foreign universities have closed.

A student, Amir Hussain, said that he had not much knowledge about how to get admission in foreign universities. "Someone told me to visit websites of universities to get information about admission," he said.

He said after visiting websites of various universities of the United Kingdom, he selected one of them and sent an e-mail about his willingness for admission in media studies in the upcoming academic session.

"I received an immediate reply, asking me to send all information and educational certificates in a stipulated time period. I did so and they told me through an e-mail that the admission committee would decide whether or not I meet the requirements for admission in that university," he said.

"Later, they informed me that I have qualified for the admission and an enrolment number was allotted to me with directives to submit minimum amount required to sustain the admission."

"Meanwhile, I applied for the UK visa after consulting a lawyer who charged me Rs10,000. I had not submitted the fee due to which e-mails were being sent to me on regular basis, threatening the cancellation of the admission." He said, "I contacted one of my relatives in the UK and told him to verify my enrolment from that university, which later informed me that no such admission has been given to me and that the enrolment number is fake."

He said in this process he had not only wasted thousands of rupees but also time, which he could have used in contacting other universities for seeking admission.

When this episode was discussed with a software engineer, Naveed Shahzad, he said the Domain Name System (DNS), in which the address of any website is typed, transforms it into figures where hackers could lead them to another destination.

In this case, he said, the user typed the real address but the website that emerged on the computer screen was not original but a fake one that was prepared similar to the original one to deceive users. Naveed said payments through credit cards via internet was generally considered one of the major reasons for such forgery, where swindlers could mint money from innocent people using the name of reputed firms and institutions.

"This practice is so much dangerous, as swindlers can also get information about credit cards and bank accounts of other people, ultimately using them for their nefarious designs," he said.

He said there were also some cases in which when a user typed certain address of any website, instead of his desired website another website came on the computer screen. "In this case whenever you try to go to certain website, you would be directed to some other one."

The official of an Islamabad-based media organisation told this scribe that they had faced a really awkward situation because whenever visitors typed the address of their website, pornographic images started to appear on the computer screen. "We closed down our website for two days and introduced various changes after which we got rid of this problem."

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Plight of KU Chemical Engineering students
Karachi: Syed Hussain Ahmed (not his real name) was very happy when he was admitted to the First year of Bachelor of Engineering (BE) classes in the Department of Chemical Technology/Engineering (BCT), University of Karachi (KU) in January 2007. However, he was unaware of the travails he would be exposed to after some time.

Ahmed and his class fellows are suffering because of the non-accreditation of the KU BE degree by Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) which has refused to accredit the degrees unless its guidelines are accepted and practiced by the BCT.

Ahmed says that according to the PEC rules, any institution before launching any programme should have well-equipped laboratories, permanent faculty, lecture halls and a building in sound condition. The university, till date, has failed to provide all these facilities to the students.

The most essential requirement of a well-equipped laboratory (Heat Transfer, Mass Transfer, Fluid Mechanics, Particulate Technology, Workshop, Engineering Drawing and Unit Operations) is yet to become a reality and so is the case with the Lecture Halls and Permanent Faculty. The department building, an old and dilapidated structure, has two small chemistry labs, a small seminar library, a computer lab with only 10 computers, a chairman's office and a staff room. All these facilities are below par and can hardly be considers as standard facilities.

Prof. Pirzada Qasim, Vice Chancellor, KU, pointed out that the department had problems from the beginning when a programme of Bachelor in Chemical Technology (BCT), a four year degree course, was launched in 1985 but discontinued due to financial restraints. It was again revived as an evening programme in 1995 but could not continue due to non-accreditation from the PEC. The university again established the present department in 2007 and the first batch of the BE in Chemical Engineering will pass out in December 2010. "We are optimistic that by that time we will be able to conform to the PEC guidelines and get the BE degrees accredited by them (PEC)," Prof. Qasim explained.

The Vice Chancellor disclosed that BCT, Department of Petroleum Technology and Department of Agriculture will be given one building each from the three that are currently used by the Department of Food Science & Technology (FST). "The new building of FST is completed and they are waiting for the electricity. We are in the process of providing them that (electricity) and the process (of transfer) will become easy for all the concerned departments," he elaborated.

Prof. Qasim said that, "We were to receive Rs237 million from the HEC but received only Rs75 million. It has given us jitters. How will we pay the salaries? How will we complete the ongoing projects? We are in a financial quagmire. But we are trying to get out by involving industries to help us out," he said optimistically.

Dr Fasiullah Khan, Chairman, BCT, said that they had fulfilled most of the PEC guidelines. "University of Karachi has established a Faculty of Engineering on October 19, 2002, and the Department of Chemical Technology/Engineering came into being in March 2004. The prescribed syllabus was in line with the revised curriculum of Chemical Engineering of Higher Education Commission (HEC) in 2003. It is approved by the Board of Faculty and Academic Council (of KU). Prof Rais Alvi, the Registrar of the university has written a letter to PEC to get the accreditation. No reply has been received from the PEC to date", he added.

Dr Khan said that he had called the concerned authorities (in PEC) to know about their response to the Registrar's letter. "They (PEC) informed me (on telephone) that the PEC Evaluation team will visit the department when the first batch is in the third year (currently it is in the second year)".

Dr Khan is confident that the accreditation from PEC will not be difficult anymore as according to him all the basic requirements have been fulfilled. "They wanted us to have at least 75 per cent engineers as the members of the faculty. We have seven out of nine. That is more than 75 per cent," he says proudly. The News

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