LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has tasked Zaeem Qadri with overseeing the admission process of physiotherapy students of Bahauddin Zakariya University’s (BZU) Lahore campus to other institutions.
A full bench of the LHC on Monday appointed the provincial minister as the head of the committee formed to look after the matter of admissions.
The bench headed by Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi issued the order while hearing several identical petitions of students against the BZU.
Through their counsel, the students submitted the university opened its campus in Lahore illegally, which was forced to close later. While the students had already paid their dues, they are not being allowed to even enter the campus.
The lawyers contended that even after completion of their courses, some students were not being given their degrees.
During the hearing, Justice Naqvi said the court would not let anyone commit fraud in the name of education as parents worked hard to bear the educational expenses of their children.
The court asked Zaeem to supervise the arrangements to ensure admissions of physiotherapy students of BZU Lahore to other institutions and also ordered the BZU campus director to return the students’ fees, who did not complete their session.
The court has adjourned the hearing till March 27.
On February 7, the LHC had passed an interim order, directing the university to issue degrees to students who passed their examinations at the Lahore sub-campus.
The petitioner students through their lawyers told the bench that despite court orders they had not been issued degrees or the NOCs. The bench took notice of non-compliance of its previous order and, addressing the varsity officials, observed that ‘Kot Lakhpat jail was not far from here’.
Almost 4,000 students had filed petitions, challenging non-recognition as well as non-issuance of their degrees.
They said they paid a huge fee to the varsity and attended classes but despite all this, they were deprived of degrees.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 21st, 2017.