‘Against rules’, Murad Saeed gets his degree

Published: June 19, 2018
UoP Vice-Chancellor (VC) Dr Muhammad Asif Khan bypassed all relevant authorities and the varsity’s powerful syndicate and issued the degree in the middle of summer vacations


UoP Vice-Chancellor (VC) Dr Muhammad Asif Khan bypassed all relevant authorities and the varsity’s powerful syndicate and issued the degree in the middle of summer vacations PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: In a clear violation of rules and regulations, University of Peshawar (UoP) awarded a degree to former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNA Murad Saeed. The PTI leader had allegedly sat, and passed, three exams in just half-an-hour.

UoP Vice-Chancellor (VC) Dr Muhammad Asif Khan bypassed all relevant authorities and the varsity’s powerful syndicate and issued the degree in the middle of summer vacations. A copy of the degree is available with The Express Tribune.

Talking to The Express Tribune, a senior UoP official while asking not to be named shared that the current VC was appointed by the previous PTI-led Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government on a commitment to resolve this issue and award a degree to the influential PTI MNA. He said that it is a clear violation of Universities Act and BS Regulation 2010 as the three papers were prepared for him without taking care of the time bar and violations of university rules. “This particular case has destroyed the universities rules, regulations and value of a degree. Now every powerful person can get a university degree without any hurdle,” the official shared.

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Saeed, who was elected as a member of the National Assembly from Swat in 2013, remained a BS (Hons) student at the UoP Department of Environmental Sciences from 2005 to 2009, and according to the university administration, he had not passed his final exams.

In March 2015, in breach of BS Regulations, 2010, the Department of Environmental Sciences arranged a quick make-up exam for Saeed, who submitted three papers in just half-an-hour. The results were also declared by the department the same day.

Saeed’s degree issue surfaced when the Pakthun Students Federation accused him of passing papers on remote sensing, introduction to environmental sciences, and ecology in one hour.

However, the lawmaker approached the PHC when the university took notice of the issue and started the inquiry. In his petition, he claimed to have attended UoP from 2005 to 2009 for his undergraduate studies and to passing all his courses in the said timeframe. 

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Former UoP VC Dr Rasul Jan had formed an inquiry committee to probe the PTI lawmaker degree issue. The committee recommended that the concerned department had conducted the make-up examination in violation of established rules and regulations of the varsity as the department cannot arrange make-up exams without seeking permission from the BS committee. The inquiry committee also recommended the cancellation of the result of a make-up exam.

However, the official shared that on March 3, 2018, the Peshawar High Court had referred Saeed’s case to the UoP Syndicate. But without consultation with syndicate members, incumbent UoP VC Dr Khan formed a committee to investigate the degree matter and quietly resolve the issue.

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When approached, committee head Prof Dr Bashir Ahmad said that he was not aware of the award of a degree to Saeed, but added that he has been unwell for almost a month and has not been to the university in that time.

UoP Environmental Department Chairman Dr Hizbullah told The Express Tribune that he was not aware of any new developments on the issue while explaining that he was bypassed by the authority.

According to the BS Regulation 2010, the BS examination coordinator would issue a detailed mark sheet with approval from the concerned department chairman, but in this case, the department chairman was bypassed.

VC Dr Khan and Register Dr Zahid Gul were not available for comment.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Manzoor Ahmed
    Jun 19, 2018 - 10:15AM

    In a clear violation of rules and regulations ex Senator Abdul Rehman Malik was awarded honorary doctorate degree by University of Karachi and you supported that. Why are you crying over Murad Saeed being awarded this degree? And when Rehman Malik was being awarded this your article read Just what the doctor ordered is a reflection of how biased this newspaper has become.

  • UZI
    Jun 19, 2018 - 10:28AM

    Matter should be resolved in the court. If found guilty, MS should be disqualified and also imprisoned for fraud, duress and corruption. Recommend

  • Raghu
    Jun 19, 2018 - 10:31AM

    The news paper should show the other side of the picture also. I am sure Murad Saeed will definitely be ready for a comment if the news paper approached him.

    Why would a person approach court if he is a cheater? Recommend

  • Munir Khan
    Jun 19, 2018 - 10:57AM

    I do support to PTI but to get degree this was is entirely an open cheating all supporting ones and applicant must be behind the bars.Recommend

  • Irfan ullah
    Jun 19, 2018 - 11:11AM

    Make up exam could only be arranged for those student’s who have been in sports activators on be half of universityeither national or internnational level. Then how a make up exam were conducted for him. Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Jun 19, 2018 - 2:18PM

    This exposes Imran more than Murad.Recommend

  • Sabih Mohsin Saleem
    Jun 19, 2018 - 2:57PM

    Is this the so called change we voted for.Recommend

  • A. Khan
    Jun 20, 2018 - 11:31PM

    @Manzoor Ahmed

    What you said proves only one thing, Murad Saedd and Rehman Malik are same. PTI and PPP are same. Should I conclude Imran khan and Asif Zardari are same too. I wonder where is the change?Recommend

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