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HEC bill may kill education, benefit fake degree holders
Islamabad, Jan 28: Despite the 2010 directive of the Supreme Court, the educational degrees
of a total of 393 parliamentarians remain unverified as yet and are
thus considered suspect or fake, it is learnt
these 393 MPs would find themselves in serious trouble in the next
elections as the authorities are expected to get their degrees, as shown
in the 2008 elections, verified from the HEC before clearing them to
contest in the upcoming polls.
Sources in the Election
Commission of Pakistan and the Higher Education Commission said that although the degrees of 56 parliamentarians have been declared
fake, with 18 under litigation, the documents of 393 parliamentarians
have not yet been verified because of non-cooperation of the
federal/provincial governments and the assemblies.
feared that many of these unverified degrees would be fake, but the
exercise of degree verification, that was in full swing during the
second half of 2010, has been halted now as the holders of unverified
degrees include extremely powerful parliamentarians.
sources said the degrees of 56 MPs had been declared fake by the HEC;
there are 18 MPs whose fake degree cases are pending with different
courts; the cases of 250 MPs are pending with the HEC as degrees are not
being provided for verification; matriculation/inter certificates of 47
MPs have been sent by the HEC to different universities but without any
response from these institutions; whereas the verification of 19 MPs'
graduation/master's level degrees await the verification of respective
Documents show that the MPs whose
matriculation/inter certificates have not yet been provided to the HEC
for verification include 12 senators, 96 MNAs, 88 members of the Punjab
Assembly, eight members of the Sindh Assembly, 37 members of the KPK
Assembly, and nine members of the Balochistan Assembly. Those whose
degrees/certificates are yet be verified include members of the PPP,
PML-N, PML-Q, ANP and others.
In June 2010, the HEC was
directed by the ECP on the orders of the Supreme Court to have the
degrees of all parliamentarians verified. The commission did the job in a
remarkable manner despite the fact that its chairman had been told by
the PPP leadership to go-slow on the issue. However, when the HEC
Chairman Javed Leghari did not cave in to pressure, he was asked to
resign but he refused.
Later Leghari's younger brother
Farooq Leghari was picked up from interior Sindh by the provincial
police and later produced before the court and charged with corruption.
The junior Leghari was given bail but was rearrested on other charges.
He again got bail from the court but was arrested a third time from
Hyderabad. The ancestral farmhouse of the chairman HEC in Hyderabad was
ransacked and farmers were picked up and put under detention.
failing to browbeat Leghari, the government started targeting the HEC.
The government initially tried to devolve the commission but it was
saved following the intervention of the apex court. Later the HEC was
faced with budgetary cuts. Almost 40 percent of the funds required by
the universities were cut back.
When the employees,
including faculty members, staff and students, went on a nationwide
strike up to 20 percent funds were released. Later, an effort was made
to put the HEC under the administrative and financial control of the
Ministry of Education and Training but the notification in this respect
was revoked by the SHC.
Then the government made yet
another move to take charge of the HEC. Taking advantage of the
executive director's position which had been advertised by the HEC and
which the commission had the authority to appoint, the prime minister
directed the secretary education and training to take charge as the
The chairman HEC refused to accept this, which
led to a huge battle between the HEC and the government. The battle
again reverted to the apex court, which suspended the government's order
and ordered the HEC to appoint the ED. This was yet anther defeat for
Finally, the government decided to amend the
existing HEC law to take away its autonomy besides slashing the term of
the chairman from the existing four to a proposed three years. A few PPP
members moved the bill as a private members bill, which came up for
hearing on Jan 23 in the NA committee that instantly cleared the same.
is apprehended that if this bill passes through parliament, the future
of higher education in the country would be jeopardised.
the suspected fake degree holders are all set to teach the HEC an
exemplary lesson, some foreign nations, including Turkey, Bangladesh and
Sri Lanka, are replicating the Pakistani model of the HEC.
we are settling personal scores at the cost of national institutions,
India is going a step further and establishing a supra-HEC with
far-reaching consequences to position itself as a regional leader.
is said that the World Economic Forum Global Competitive report
indicators on higher education and training, technology readiness and
innovation have shown a consistent improvement over the last three years
for Pakistan, much more than many other countries, which is a clear
proof that higher education reforms are paying off.
HEC sources demand that the apex court should take suo moto notice of this latest attack on the future of the country's youth.
federal minister, who is vigorously pursuing the onslaught on the HEC
too holds a degree which has been challenged in the LHC as fake so a
conflict of interest situation also exists. The news
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VCs' worrisome appraisal of HEC status
Islamabad: The vice chancellors of the public-sector universities have
strongly reacted to the approval of the draft of the Higher Education
Commission (Amendment) Bill 2012 by the National Assembly Standing
Committee on Education and Professional Training without taking the
stakeholders into confidence.
The VCs of Punjab universities are unanimous in saying that amending
the HEC Ordinance 2002 and giving it under the administrative control of
the education ministry will be tantamount to curbing the commission's
autonomy and "reducing vice chancellors role to reporting to clerks".
They say the bureaucracy lacks guts to run educational affairs as it
is a specialised field and needs to be handled by educationists. The
bureaucratic output can be seen while assessing the quality of education
being imparted in public colleges across the country, they say.
The MNAs from FATA, the PML-N and the MQM had reportedly opposed the
bill which also suggests that the commission chairman should not have
the status of a federal minister. The bill also proposes that the
government will directly fund the universities.
Some of the VCs smell foul play in approving the bill hurriedly while
relating chairman and federal education minister's tussle over the
appointment of the HEC executive director. Some VCs and other
stakeholders also say the commission was formed after a marathon
18-month consultation in 2002 but its reversal has been decided with a
blink of an eye.
University of Gujrat Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nizamuddin said the
HEC's autonomy must not be compromised and it must continue to be run by
top educationists in the country. He said only top educationists could
ensure production of quality research, quality standards, universities'
ranking and compatibility at the international level.
He said the HEC had progressed during the last one decade due to
timely decisions taken by the members of the commission, who were
primarily top educationists.
Dr Nizamuddin said the HEC had sent over 5,000 top-merit students
abroad for PhD studies at its expense. He said the colleges should have
also been given under the control of the HEC instead of the Higher
Education Department being run by the bureaucracy. "The HEC must be
handled by educationists and not by section officers," he commented.
Lahore College for Women University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Sabiha
Mansoor said the HEC had made remarkable achievements during the last
one decade and its autonomy must not be hurt. The commission should be
allowed to continue its good work of taking the country's higher
education to international standards.
Dr Mansoor said the HEC was at a crossroads and any decision to
re-structure it would cost dearly to higher education in general and
universities in particular. Even when provincial higher education
councils would be formed, the VC said, the HEC would have a crucial role
in terms of quality assurance, monitoring, ranking and funding.
She said the VCs would literally be reporting to clerks and facing
hurdles while executing their decisions at almost every level, if the
commission went under the control of the Federal Ministry of Education.
"I was very happy over the massive autonomy in the first year of my
tenure but amendments to the Punjab Universities' Acts have clipped my
wings," she said.
University of Sargodha Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Chaudhry Muhammad
Akram said the universities would be reduced to pubic colleges within
two years, if the bureaucracy was empowered to run these through
amendments to the HEC ordinance.
The VCs had already been showing their concern over the developments
taking place with regard to the HEC by expressing their apprehension
that the autonomy and sanctity of the commission would be undermined. At
a recent meeting, the VCs had noted that the universities had shown
tremendous progress in the last decade and the HEC reforms were making
the other countries in the region envious.
They stated that Turkey already had a similar commission, while
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were in the process of replicating the HEC
model. They said India was going a step further and establishing a
supra-HEC with far-reaching consequences to position itself as a
The World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report indicators on
higher education and training, technology readiness and innovation had
also shown a consistent improvement over the last three years for
Pakistan, much more than many other countries. "This is a clear proof
that the higher education reforms are paying off," a VC stated.
Another VC said Pakistan had now achieved critical mass and reached a
point of take-off. "For this phenomenal growth to continue, it is
important for the government and other stakeholders to support and
further strengthen the HEC as a national institution and protect its
autonomy, instead of downgrading it. If this upward momentum continues
for another 10 years, Pakistan is certain to become a global player
through a flourishing knowledge economy and a highly-literate
population," said a resolution passed by the VCs.
An HEC official said the commission had accomplished far more in the
last one decade than Pakistan had gained in the first 55 years of its
existence. He stated that the commission was instrumental in increasing
the number of universities' campuses in Pakistan from 168 to 258,
including the establishment of 41 new universities.
The student enrolment in universities increased from 330,000 to over a
million. The women enrolment in varsities increased from 36 per cent to
The official stated that Pakistan's six universities had now been
ranked among the Top 300 Asian universities, while two Pakistani
universities had been ranked among the Top 300 science and technology
institutions of the world.
He said the commission had also awarded more than 10,000 local and
foreign MPhil/PhD scholarships through a well-defined and transparent
mechanism without making any compromise on merit. Over 2,000
scholarships were also awarded to the talented youth of Balochistan and
The commission had also launched 10,000 Need Based Scholarship
Programmes for financially constrained but talented Pakistani students.
The HEC was also instrumental for eight-fold increase (from 816 in
2002 to over 6,300 in 2011) in international research publications
resulting from research work undertaken in Pakistan. It contributed 300
per cent increase in Pakistan's share of World Research with Pakistan
having 0.32 per cent of the world's publications in 2010. Dawn
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ISF to launch countrywide protest over HEC issue
Lahore: Insaf Students Federation (ISF), the student wing of Tehrik-e-Insaf, has
announced the launch of a countrywide protest against the move of
federal government for curtailing the autonomy of Higher Education
Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.
According to a press
release issued here on Sunday, the ISF office-bearers said no one would
be allowed to play with the HEC for serving their personal interests.
vowed to foil every attempt made to curtail the power and autonomy of
the HEC as it would directly affect the future of thousands of students
studying higher education. They alleged the PPP-led federal government
wanted to protect fake degree holders by introducing new laws for the
HEC. The news
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AIOU admissions to Matric, MA/MSc programmes continue
Islamabad: The admissions for the Spring Semester 2013 from Matric to
MA/MSc level programmes in different disciplines continue at the Allama
Iqbal Open University (AIOU).
Prospectuses and admission forms
for the Spring Semester can be obtained from the sale points of the
university's main campus in Sector H8 and country-wide regional campuses
and coordinating offices, said a news release issued here on Sunday.
The admission forms along with prescribed fee can be submitted in
countrywide branches of Bank Al-Falah, Habib Bank Ltd, First Women Bank
and Allied Bank and in the nominated branches of the National Bank of
Pakistan and Muslim Commercial Bank.
The admission forms and
prospectus of Matric, FA and BA level programmes for Pakistanis in the
Middle East can be obtained/ download from the website del.aiou.edu.pk.
Computer admission forms have been sent to all the continuing students,
and they can also download the continuing admission form from the
website www.aiou.edu.pk. According to director admissions, the
admissions to MSc are being offered in mass communication, mathematics,
sociology, forestry extension, statistics, chemistry and physics,
four-year BS programmes in microbiology and chemistry, commonwealth of
learning MBA/MPA, MCom, MA in distance and non-formal education, teacher
education, educational planning and management (EPM), special
education, library and information sciences, TEFL and history.
the admissions to MEd are being offered in Master in Education
(distance and non-formal education), teacher education, science
education and special education. In post-graduate diploma programme,
environmental design, EPM, mass communication, computer science (on
ine), TEFL and youth development work, at bachelor's level, BCom, mass
communication, BA, BLIS, FA, ICom, FSc (pre-engineering), FSc
(pre-medical) Matric, ATTC, CT, Matric, FA and BA in Dars-e-Nizami,
six-months duration certificate courses, agricultural courses and
three-months duration short-term educational programmes are also being
offered. Further detail about admissions for the Spring Semester can be
obtained from Information Management Unit of the admission department.
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Dr Niaz new VC AAUR
Rawalpindi: Professor Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad has been appointed Vice Chancellor of Pir Mehr Ali
Shah-Arid Agriculture University Ra-walpindi (PMAS-AAUR).
Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad carries a remarkable academic career throughout his
education. He got Doctorate Degree in Agricultural Engineering from Iowa
State University (ISU) USA. He was serving as Dean, Faculty of
Agricultural Engineering and Technology, University of Agriculture
Faisalabad (UAF). He is author of more than 90 international and
national research publications.
A ceremony was held at
the university in which Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Azim
Malik, dean/ directors, administrative, principal officers of the
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190 students present research papers
Islamabad: Over 190 students of Ms and PhD presented their research papers on a variety
of topics related to public interest at a three-day National Research
Conference concluded here.
The conference organized by
Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology
(SZABIST) invited students from different private and public sector
universities to present their research papers before a committee of
education experts which after due scrutiny and evaluation will make the
papers public for common benefit of the masses.
committee decides on the authenticity and accuracy of the papers they
are expected to bring to light several interesting findings particularly
related to socio-culture sphere and significantly contributes towards
raising awareness about the prevailing issues.
Prominent political and defence analyst Lieutenant General (r) Talat Masood was also present during the conference.
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International Education Expo 2013 held
Islamabad: Pakistani students are becoming quite aware of the high quality educational
opportunities abroad therefore time and again educational consultants
guide them with their programmes and visa processing etc.
Consultants organised 'International Education Expo 2013' here on
Sunday in which students informed that how they can apply under the
category of fully funded, partially funded or scholarship basis right
from undergraduate, post-graduate or PhD programmes. There were 40
stalls of international universities, majority from UK, Australia,
Malaysia, Turkey and Sweden who were counselling students on their
Students were seen gathering information from
various universities and filling out applications of different
programmes. Danish Raza, Executive Officer HR Consultants Pvt. (Ltd.) said that here in the exhibition
international staff as well as local offices are facilitating students
to peruse their field of interest. There is no representation of any
local university here. It is interesting to note here that the
universities are also providing diplomas along with the degree programs.
Till last year they had been organising 5 exhibitions, 2 for UK, 2 for
Australia and 1 for general international universities.
this year, these exhibitions were merged together to hold a single
exhibition that would continue till Monday from 1 to 8 p.m. covering
programmes of Business and Management, Engineering and Material,
Computing and IT, Health, Medicine and Pharmacy, Legal Studies, media,
arts, and social sciences," he said.
He said that students
should know about the authenticity of the consultants as well as the
universities to avoid frauds. We follow strict language abilities of the
students but do not charge any consultation fee.
Shahaid, Director HR Consultants Pvt. (Ltd.) said that they are
representing 200 universities established in Australia, UK, USA, Canada,
Malaysia, Dubai, Germany, Sweden etc. These are among the top 100
public universities around the globe and the students opt to study in
these leading universities. The news
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