Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmad has informed a senate committee that fake degrees are being sold in Islamabad. Dr Mukhtar told the members that Islamabad Law College is involved in selling fake degrees after the issue of its affiliation was raised before Senate.
Senator Rahila Magsi headed the meeting while senators Pervaiz Rasheed, Azam Swati, Nauman Wazir Khatak, NCHD Chairman Razina Alam Khan, Sehar Kamran, and NAVTTC Director General Zulifqar Cheema were among the attendees of the meeting.
Islamabad Law College
A student of Islamabad Law College, Muhammad Akmal, appeared in front of the senate committee as they heard his issues. Akmal told the committee that back in 2015 he took admission in the college and paid Rs 60,000 as fee. He was told by the college that the institution is affiliated with Islamia University Bahawalpur.
Muhammad Akmal took exams of part one, however, after appearing in exams he was told that Islamia University had ended affiliation with the Law College. The college hasn’t even issued the results of part one exams yet.
209 other students along with Akmal are facing the same issue as no other college is taking them in for part two examinations, Akmal told the senate.
Senate members were informed by HEC Chairman that they have already issued a warning to the college and have given 6 months to the college authorities to resolve affiliation issues. HEC also barred the college from taking in any new students. However, the college instead of complying by the orders, got a stay order from court and continued admissions. He informed the committee that Islamabad Law College was put on ban when the authorities found out about its involvement in handing out fake degree.
Increased Fake Degree Issues
HEC Chairman told the senate committee that when students are unable to bribe well reputed institutes, they turn towards illegal institutions like Islamabad Law College to acquire fake degrees. He further said that these fake institutions are continuously growing and he has planned to inform senate about it in detail.
HEC says it has issued multiple warnings in newspapers and media about the fake institutions but Senator Nauman Wazir doesn’t seem to be impressed by HEC’s move.
The senator says that HEC should have shut the institution once and for all. He further suggested that a third party should take the exams again so students can continue their studies in other institutions. Senator Sehar also raised her concerns over HEC’s lack of control in spread of these fake institutions.
Federal Minister for Education Balighur Rahman assured the members of the meeting that this issue will be resolved soon.