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September 25, 2010

HEC may not press for degrees’ re-verification

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Web Desk
September 25, 2010

Islamabad
Lethargic attitude of university administrations is likely to force the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to hand over previously verified degrees to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) without further insisting for their re-verification in line with a formula in which provision of degree supplementary forms is necessary for the elected representatives, sources told this scribe here on Friday.
Sources said that a high-level meeting would be held on Monday under the chairmanship of HEC Chairman Dr. Javed Laghari in which they would deliberate upon the proposal of handing over all previously verified degrees to the ECP instead of pressing for their re-verification by universities.
An official said that the HEC showed dissatisfaction over the previous verification process and directed all public sector universities to re-verify degrees of the elected representatives in line with the formula envisaging provision of degree supplementary form, copy of computerised national identity card and copies of matriculation, intermediate and graduation certificates.
“Only 437 degrees have so far been verified after introduction of the new formula and there are still 658 degrees which are yet to be verified by universities. So we will hold a meeting on Monday to discuss what to do keeping in view the current situation,” he said.
The official refused to confirm that a decision has been taken in principle not to press for re-verification of the remaining degrees and said: “The decision will be taken in the forthcoming meeting.”
Sources said that the HEC extended the deadline for verification of degrees time and again and now it would not further extend it from September 25 to any other date so it is unlikely to wait anymore for re-verification of the remaining degrees by universities.
According to official data, 437 degrees have so far been re-verified out of which 387 are genuine and 50 fake, while 15 elected representatives have moved

courts regarding authentication of their degrees.
HEC’s focal person Rahim Bux Channa told this scribe that they have directed the universities time and again to complete the verification process and gave various deadlines but the process was still likely to take more time.
“I do not know whether the deadline of September 25 for completion of verification process would be extended but we would discuss it in the meeting scheduled for next week. It is unlikely that the universities would complete verification of degrees till 25th so it is an issue to be discussed by the HEC high-ups,” he said.
HEC Chairman Dr. Javed Laghari confirmed that the degree issue would be discussed in the meeting to be held on Monday but “any decision about this issue would be taken after a detailed discussion in the meeting.”

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