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BHC issues guide for students applying for UK visas
Islamabad, Aug 09: The British High Commission on Tuesday issued a guide on
applying for a student visa for the UK. The guidance is part of an
ongoing awareness campaign on the British High Commission's Facebook and
Twitter pages throughout June and July. The campaign aims to share
useful information and tips for the Pakistanis applying for UK visas,
revealed the embassy press statement issued.Launching the guide, the
British High Commission's Visas and Immigration Head Claire Murray said,
"UK is open for genuine students and we want to attract the brightest
and the best to study in our universities.
Every year, we receive tens
of thousands of applications for the UK visas, the majority of which are
issued." "The summer always sees a surge in UK visa applications, as
students apply for their visas to begin university courses in September
and October. Through this awareness campaign, we are sharing tips and
advice to all prospective UK visa applicants on what types of visas to
apply for, what documents we require, and the likely turnaround
times." "We have also invited the applicants to send us their questions,
via Facebook and Twitter, for our visas and immigration team to answer
during a Q/A session on Friday, July 25," he added. "There are many
myths surrounding the UK visa application process. Through this guide
for the students and the overall awareness campaign, we aim to dispel
these and signpost to applicants, all the information they need to
submit an application," he said. Daily times
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HEC may re-verify already cleared degrees
Islamabad: Serious questions are being raised on the Higher Education Commission's
process of verification of educational degrees while top HEC officials
want an independent audit of verifications done by the commission during
the last six years.
In recent years, the federal
governments have given jobs to hundreds of thousands of people on the
basis of political affiliations without considering merit. The only
criterion was links of an individual with any of the powerful
politicians. However, as these appointments were being made in important
government organisations and an education degree was mandatory to keep
the record 'straight', many individuals with political references
allegedly submitted fake degrees.
When some government
departments were informed about these fake degrees, they sent the
degrees to the HEC for verification. The individuals who got top jobs on
the basis of political influence as a result of fake tests/interviews
have now started to influence the HEC.
The HEC has been a
reputed institution having rendered great services for the promotion of
quality higher education in the country. According to insiders,
initially, these political appointees faced problems and could not get
any favour from the HEC but with the passage of time things have
For verification of any higher degree such as
Ph.D, M.Phil or master's, the HEC requires all lower degrees in original
and also issues a "ticket number" to the person who wants to get his
degree verified. No degree could be verified without submission of lower
degrees or without issuing a ticket number.
process of verification of degrees of parliamentarians, the biggest
issue was unavailability of lower classes degrees as many
parliamentarians have a valid graduation degree but they had never
passed F.A./F.Sc. or even the matriculation exams.
ticket numbers issued on a certain date, the basic identification to
trace out the record of any verification done by the commission, is
always written on the stamp of verification on the said degree.
senior officers in the federal secretariat say that according to their
understanding, some politically appointed officials managed to get their
degrees verified under fictitious or fake ticket numbers.
only way to examine this was to check the details of any specific
ticket number printed on the verification stamp of any HEC verified
degree of any recently appointed government employee (not necessarily
fake degree) by providing the commission only "ticket number" and the
exact date of verification.
Also some other facts could
have been verified by sending the HEC details of any verified higher
degree like PhD and requesting the commission to provide details of
lower degrees, as this was basic requirement.
The News did
both things and officially sent the HEC a questionnaire requesting to
provide details against a "ticket number" by mentioning the exact date
of verification by the HEC and also details of lower degrees of a Ph.D
Senior government officials said that
details would never be provided and instead exact identification of
individuals would be sought, which in fact was required. Relevant parts
of The News questionnaire read; "Respected Mrs.
Ikram/Waseem Khaliqdad Sb, Please provide information regarding
following two points; 1- HEC Letter No.8-50/HEC/A&A/2013/*** dated
April **, 2013 written by *** Assistant Director HEC is attached with
this email. This letter is verifying a Ph.D degree of an individual.
provide The News with the dates of passing of Matriculation exam,
Intermediate exam, Bachelor degree Exam and Master's degree exam as
mentioned on original degrees of this individual from the record of this
file as HEC maintains copies of all these lower degrees while verifying
a higher degree.
2- HEC verified a degree under serial
number 443635 dated June 15, 2011. Please provide the name of the
degree, year of examination, date of issuance of degree by the
university, name of university that issued this degree and name of
person who holds this degree. (Some fields are hidden to maintain
secrecy of documents but these are available with The News)
The HEC responded to both the questions as follows; This is with reference to your email below... It is informed that:
1. As per HEC's record, after receipt of PhD degree confirmation from *** University, China, equivalence letter was issued.
2. We will be able to trace record of the case only if CNIC number of that person is available."
The News contacted almost all the relevant senior HEC officials all of
whom confirmed that record of any verification done by the HEC must be
provided if ticket number and exact date is provided to concerned
section of the commission and if CNIC or any other details are being
required, there is something very fishy.
contacted Executive Director, HEC, Dr Mansoor Kundi, on Tuesday and
asked whether it ever came to his notice that some fake or wrong degrees
are being verified by the HEC as genuine.
He said "Yes,
there were complaints at times". Kundi said that he himself was fired as
the VC of Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan, as he refused to verify a
fake degree of a provincial minister.
Kundi said that he
was not aware of any specific case of verification of a fake degree. He
said that he was also not aware of the exact process followed and will
definitely check it. He said that no doubt transparency must be ensured
and every step should be taken if anything wrong had been done. The news
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