PU Finds 4 Legislators’ Degrees Fake; 2 MPAs Already Out
Punjab University on Monday sent back 63 degrees after verification to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and out of them four degrees, one of a senator and three of MPAs of the Punjab Assembly, were declared fake.
The degree of another MPA from the Punjab Assembly was found suspicious as discrepancy has been found between particulars provided to the Punjab University (PU) by the HEC and the relevant record available with the varsity’s examination branch.
A PU spokesman said among three of the MPAs whose degrees had been found bogus one MPA was already disqualified while another had resigned as per a court decision. He said the verification report on the remaining 73 degrees would be sent to the HEC on July 27.
The spokesman added eight degrees of parliamentarians which were returned to the Higher Education Commission for being vague and illegible had been again received by the PU on Monday.
Notices over bogus institutes: The Lahore High Court on Monday issued notices to the attorney general Pakistan and advocate general Punjab on a petition challenging the mushroom growth of fake educational institutions in the country.
The petition was filed by Barrister Javed Iqbal Jaffrey who had sought court’s directions for the government to close down all the fake and unrecognised colleges and universities. The petitioner submitted that scores of bogus and ghost institutions were functioning unchecked in the country, adding that they were playing havoc with the careers of youth.
He pointed out that the government had no mechanism to check private colleges and universities and they were minting money from students providing nothing in return. The court issued notices for July 27.