HEC asks all universities to verify faculty degrees
Many officials criticise the move knowing that many of their colleagues would be exposed
Islamabad, July 13: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has asked all 132 public and private sector
universities to verify the degrees of their faculty members and
An official of HEC said the Commission had
written a letter to the vice-chancellors (VCs) of all the universities, asking
them to direct their faculty members and administrative staff to submit their
terminal qualification degrees for attestation latest by July
According to the sources, top university administration officials and
contractual employees in equivalent positions are also required to submit their
degrees for attestation.
"According to the letter it has been decided
that all degrees of universities would be verified in differenent phases as the
process of verification of degrees of parliamentarians are still underway," said
sources, adding, once the issue of parliamentarins' degrees is over, the process
for verification of faculty members degrees would begin.
Sources said it
might take months to finish off this matter as there were over 25,000 faculty
members and staff in different universities and the verification staff was
Besides faculty staff members, over 935 parlaimentarians degrees
are still in process while over 161 parliamentarains degrees are sent back to
Election Commssion of Pakistan (ECP) on grounds of poor vissibility of duplicate
copy of degree and wrong information prescribed on it.
The sources said
HEC was under enormous pressure regarding fake degrees parliamentarians.
"Commission is being pressurised regarding fake degrees and the VCs of the
universities would also be under pressure in this regard," sources said, adding,
the degrees that are being unverified from HEC deemed fake.
sources, the move has created tension among administrative officials who were
directly appointed by the previous governments. Sources say this is because most
such officials are relatives of parliamentarians found guilty of having fake
During the tenure of the previous government, when a bachelor's
degree was made compulsory for anyone wishing to contest an election, many
parliamentarians obtained fake degrees. Many relatives of these parliamentarians
also obtained fake degrees during the same period and became administrative
officials at the universities. They obtained fake degrees from both private and
public universities since the authorities did not bother to check
According to the sources, certain currently-employed officials
received their degrees overnight but no authority had checked them. The sources
also said that most fake degree-holders were administrative officials, not
faculty members, since faculty members who rise by promotion do not take the
risk of using fake degrees.
Now that the HEC has announced its intention
to verify degrees, many officials at universities are criticising the move,
knowing that many of their colleagues would be exposed.
According to the
sources, the HEC has decided to take this new initiative as part of its drive to
root out fake degrees, and considered the step an important one, since the HEC
had gotten several complaints about fake degrees held by university staff
On the other hand, this move has drawn criticism from
organisations such as the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff
Association (FAPUSA), which is alleging that the HEC, instead of solving real
issues, was only creating further problems. Such criticism is to be expected
however, since certain elements in society always resist a positive
Sources added no case of fake degree of faculty members was
registered so far. "In recent days, a private university registerar's degree was
challeged and the case is in process," sources said.
HEC Executive Director (ED) Sohail Naqvi said that HEC had asked faculty
members of all universities to verify their degrees. "The process is hectic and
may take a lot of time but we would chalk out a comprehensive strategy to make
this huge task fulfilled in stipulated time after parliamentrians' degrees are
verified," Naqvi said.
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Protest from August 3 if demands not met: FAPUASA
Islamabad: Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff
Association (FAPUASA) has decided to start a protest campaign from August 3 if
the Higher Education Commission does not meet its demands by the
President FAPUASA Prof. Mahr Saeed Akhtar disclosed this while
giving details of the 2-day executive council meeting in a press conference at
National Press Club here on Monday.
Prof. Mahr said, "We had a lengthy
meeting with HEC high officials earlier on Monday. He said that HEC has made a
5-member committee on journals headed by Dr. Altaf Shaikh from HEC. Other
members are Prof. Mahr, Prof. Gulraiz Akhter, Prof. Kaleemullah and Prof. Abdul
He said that condition of International GRE for PhD admissions in
Pakistan be withdrawn. He castigated HEC for interfering in universities
affairs, which have their own statutory bodies to take decisions.
that there are more than 15 PhD cases at Quaid-i-Azam University alone where the
students completed all the necessary requirements including satisfactory reports
from the foreign experts but they are being denied defence of their theses on
the instructions of HEC. He asked for holding their viva-voce
He called for stopping grants and aid in the name of
endowment to private universities, which are already running in profits. Public
funds are for public universities, he said.
He said that many faculty
members are stuck up for decades on the same position and demanded personal
grades for them.
He said that those teachers serving for 11, 17 or 25
years as lecturers, assistant professors or associate professors respectively
should be given higher pay scale as already done in most of the universities in
He said that elected representatives of teachers should be
inducted in the statutory bodies of HEC for formulating rules and
Prof. Mahr condemned the Punjab Assembly resolution against
media on the issue of fake degrees.
Answering questions, he said that
wizards of Higher Education Commission download procedures and practices in the
developed countries and without keeping in mind the local realities or situation
on the ground announce them as policies. They even did not bother to replace the
word 'state' with provinces while issuing Model University Ordinance in 2003.
Answering anther question, he said that there should be one system in the
He said that either all should be paid tenure track system or
basic pay scales.
He said that universities of Pakistan are facing the
most acute problems in the history of the country and requested the president
and the prime minister to hold a meeting with FAPUASA.
He said that
executive council of FAPUASA intends to meet the president and prime minister to
discuss the issues and request them to give us audience.
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Students suffer in examination centres
Rawalpindi: Students taking MA part-II and LLB examinations at Government
Gordon College examination centre are facing sever problems due to loadshedding
when they got all their answer sheets soaked with sweating.
around 250 to 300 students have been taking examination at the centre complained
that there is no electricity throughout their three-hour paper.
Zia Warsi, a student appearing in MA part-II exams said that it is
difficult to attempt paper due to the scorching heat, humidity as there is no
electricity. "I tried my best, but I could not save my answer sheet becoming
soaked due to sweating and some of the lines I wrote over it were also spoiled.
Hamza, another student, said that they had raised this matter before the
examiners who expressed their inability to resolve it. The students also suffer
due to low visibility in absence of the light.
Dr Abdul Qayyum, Principal
of Government Gordon College when contacted, said that examinations
of MA part-II and LLB are going on. "There are a number of problems we have been
facing and we put these problems before the relevant authorities but to no
avail," he added.
He said that they have no generators to use as a back
up in case of loadshedding. Gordon College is a government educational
institution and everybody knows about the plight of government-owned educational
institutions, he added.
"I conduct examination centre as per directives
of the education department, but it is very hard to provide the required
facilities, he said adding the government has stopped development grants this
time. The principal said, "I have put all these problems before the newly
elected MNA Malik Shakeel Awan and even he could not help us to come out from
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FG Public school distinction
Rawalpindi: The students of FG Public Secondary School
Mahfooz Road have shown good result in the Secondary School Certificate Annual
Examination of the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, says a
press release. Ahsan Mushtaq stood first in the school by obtaining 933 marks in
the SSC final examination. Overall 14 students secured A1 grade and 40 obtained
A grade. Principal of the school Rashid Hussain congratulated both teachers and
students alike on showing excellent result. The news
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