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."
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.
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.
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
"I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF BOLTON UK.IT HAS CAMPUS IN DUBAI.EITHER IT IS LISTED IN UR LIST OR IT IS FAKE UNIVERSITY PLS."
Name: faqir elahi
City, Country: U.A.E
"If we will do any thing without planning then this type of problems always happen,and this is big problem of our country we have less institute and nobody taking care of these,if we will spend our budget in education instead of arm forces then results will be opposite.world 70% economy in control of jewish. why???? because they know about importance of education............ JAGO ...... WE HAVE NO ANSWERS TO OUR NEXT GENERATION WHEN THEY ASK ABOUT PAKISTAN. "
City, Country: karachi, Pakistan
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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.
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
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
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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