Board result fiasco: IT consultant's degree declared fake

Published: October 26, 2011

The petitioner’s counsel stated that the computerised system had failed and jeopardised the future of thousands of students. PHOTO: INP

LAHORE: Chairman of Lahore’s Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) on Wednesday claimed that Information Technology (IT) Consultant Dr Majid Naeem’s doctorate degree was fake.

Chairman Lahore Board Dr Allah Bukhsh Malik told Express 24/7 that the Higher Education Department was conducting a secret inquiry on Dr Naeem’s doctorate degree.

He said the inquiry team is also investigating the authenticity of Dr Naeem’s school, college and university degrees and certificates.

Dr Majid headed the online software project for examination boards in Punjab. The substandard software that compiled thousands of wrong results.

The flawed system added to government’s losses, forcing the boards to recompile the results manually.

(Read: 45-day deadline given for recompilation of Intermediate results as protests cool down)

Meanwhile, Dr Naeem has rejected the allegations of having a fake degree, adding that he was willing to prove the authenticity of his certificates.

Lahore High Court issues notice to the Punjab Government

The Lahore High Court (LHC) has admitted a petition against the online system in educational boards, and has issued notices to the Punjab government.

The petitioner’s counsel stated that the computerised system had failed and jeopardised the future of thousands of students.

He contested that the system should be discontinued until the flaws are removed.

During the case hearing, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed observed that the results were cancelled only after students protested and asked the provincial government why the errors were not rectified before the online system was implemented.

The court has sought replies from the Punjab government, educational boards and the secretary concerned on November 4.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Oct 26, 2011 - 6:57PM

    What else you can expect from Government of Punjab under PMLN who tops the MPA,MNA’s list of Fake degree holders

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  • Javad
    Oct 26, 2011 - 7:33PM

    Another scenario is that Lahore’s Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) is trying to put blame squarely on Dr Naeem by defaming him and hiding their own failure,

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  • Salman
    Oct 26, 2011 - 8:49PM

    Yoo I have a PhD in PEACE!

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  • Lobster
    Oct 26, 2011 - 9:08PM

    These danda carrying students are looking rather happy. Though the responsibility lies squarely on Punjab government, but no sane person can endorse the violence this lot did in government offices

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  • sas
    Oct 26, 2011 - 10:06PM

    As mentioned in a previous ET article a lot of money is made by cooking exam results in Pakistan. The introduction of a computer system prevents people from doing that. So you have to discredit the developer of the computer system if you want to force a return to the manual system that allows you to make money.

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  • Cautious
    Oct 26, 2011 - 11:22PM

    Compiling test results isn’t all that complicated – you don’t need a PHD – you just need to be an adequate computer programer. I suppose it never dawned on anyone in govt to test the system before putting into action – would have taken an extra day and saved all this fuss. Better yet – testing isn’t anything new – you could have bought an off the self program that was already vetted by others.

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  • Aamir
    Oct 26, 2011 - 11:29PM

    @Yasser,

    Blame the entire system not just Punjab Government or PML-N, we are doomed with corruption, nepotism, incompetency, etc. Revamp the entire system if we wanna save our beloved motherland.

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  • M.Akthar
    Oct 27, 2011 - 12:14AM

    The image looks scary. The students look militantish with the sticks & the image looks menacing! Tribune, plz change the image!

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  • Babloo
    Oct 27, 2011 - 12:40AM

    I propose that to be fair to all students, so that they have an equal chance to pass the exams, a ‘lottery result’ system be instituted.

    By that , method , student results and marks will be decided by a lottery system.

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  • zia ur rehman
    Oct 27, 2011 - 1:55AM

    lolz……. Where is good governance???…..Punjab govt is all one man show.. Nothing else!!!!

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  • Truth Seeker
    Oct 27, 2011 - 2:58AM

    @Lobster:
    Do not feel helpless and depressed. It proves that Pakistani future is in strong and powerful hands.
    It is entirely a different matter that this force is always used to cause self inflicted injuries.

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