PhD admissions & ineligible students

‘Ineligible students’ given admission in PhD
Islamabad, June 28 The International Islamic University (IIU) has allegedly violated the admission rules in PhD and granted admission to some students without following the basic criteria.

According to well-placed sources, many students have been allowed to get admission in PhD despite the fact that they have not completed their M.Phil, which is mandatory for getting admission in PhD. “The blue-eyed students have completed their one year coursework of PhD before completing their M.Phil thesis,” they alleged.

According to the set standards of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), it is mandatory for a student to have M.Phil degree before getting admission in PhD in any discipline. But the university has allegedly ignored the criteria by giving admissions to ineligible students in the Department of Political Sciences during the academic session 2010-2011.

Sources revealed that the admissions for PhD opened in July 2010 for which an advertisement was published in newspapers. It was clearly mentioned in the advertisement that a candidate needs to have 60% marks or three CGPA in M.Phil.

Sources alleged that Faculty of Social Sciences Dean and Department of Political Science Chairman Dr. Nazarul Islam have exploited his powers and gave admissions to some of his favourite students despite severe disagreement by some members of the admission committee.

As many as 14 out of 20 students were declared eligible for PhD – 10 male and four female. Except for two, all were internal candidates (students of IIU) who have not allegedly completed their M.Phil before getting admission in PhD.

Sources alleged that two students have completed their M.Phil in January 2011 while rest of the students have not completed their thesis of M.Phil till May 2011 despite the fact that they have completed their PhD coursework during September 2010 to May 2011.

The more astonishing fact is that after the completion of PhD coursework, the process of viva of M.Phil of these students has been started. According to university rules, no one could be a student of two courses at a time.

Sources claimed that two members of the admission committee strongly resisted the decision of Dr. Nazar regarding violation of admission rules but he didn’t listen to them.

Dr Nazarul Islam, who has recently left the post of chairman of the Political Science Department, when contacted said that no violation of rules has been done in PhD admissions. “There is a special rule for internal candidates that they could get admission in PhD after completing their coursework. Thesis could be conducted after getting admission in PhD,” he said.

However, officials of the university believe that no such rule has ever been introduced for internal students. “Have there been such a rule, it’s a clear violation of HEC rules,” they said.

Sources alleged that the relevant officials of the university have misused the provision of ‘result awaited’ students. “It has been written in the advertisement that the ‘result awaited’ students could apply. But it doesn’t mean that those who have not completed their thesis could apply,” they said. They lamented that by giving admissions to ineligible internal students many eligible external students have failed to get admission in the university.

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