DRAP chief’s PhD degree not recognised by HEC

Sheikh Akhtar Hussain’s Sri Lankan university has been termed illegal on the HEC’s website

Shabbir Hussain January 25, 2019
Sheikh Akhtar Hussain’s Sri Lankan university has been termed as illegal on the HEC’s website. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Friday raised concerns over the validity of the postgraduate doctoral degree (PhD) of Sheikh Akhtar Hussain, the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP).

Hussain had earned his PhD in pharmacy from the Open International University, Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2000.

However, the university is not mentioned in the HEC's list of international chartered varsities. In fact, the HEC on its website has declared the university 'illegal and fake'.

HEC abandons previous degree condition for attestation

On January 24, a citizen Nazakat Mehmood formally requested the HEC to investigate the authenticity of Hussain’s degree.

In December last year, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's federal cabinet confirmed Hussain's appointment as DRAP CEO for a period of three years.

His appointment was controversial as Hussain had previously faced multiple corruption cases. He allegedly had himself declared dead to ensure that the cases against him were shelved.

Hussain has been contacted for a comment and a reply is still awaited.


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Maura Hakeem | 1 year ago | Reply | Recommend Make this so-called DRAP Chief take the PCATs and see if he clears it. If not, boot him out unceremoniously.
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