Black sheeps in universities

HEC asked to identify black sheep in varsities
Islamabad, July 31: Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Education Abid Sher Ali has written to HEC chairman for details of those vice chancellors of universities who are creating impediments in the degrees verification process.

Taking strict notice of the situation arising after authentication of all the degrees sent to Sindh University, Abid Sher Ali has decided to take action against the universities. Sher Ali has received credible information that the present management of the Sindh University was under extreme pressure of the Presidency to declare the degrees as genuine.

Vice chancellor of the Sindh University who is considered very close to the Presidency when approached, denied any pressure with regard to verification of degrees but admitted that he was summoned to the Presidency during his last visit to Islamabad.

Dr Nazir Mughal said that political secretary to the President Dr Qayyum Somroo had called him in the Presidency for restoration of a sacked employee. “Nothing regarding verification of degrees came under discussion during my visit to the Presidency,” Nazir Mughal insisted a few days back. Following is the text of the letter of the Abid Sher Ali written to HEC Chairman Dr Farooq Leghari.

“I would like to pay regards to your good self and appreciate the role of Higher Education Commission (HEC) in the verification of degrees of the Parliamentarians in a transparent manner without taking any pressure. However, through the electronic as well as print media, I have heard that vice chancellors of a few universities are creating impediments in the case of verification of degrees. “It will be appreciated if the names of those vice chancellors, if any, are provided to the undersigned to summon them, to reply to the Standing Committee, in its next meeting.” The news

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