HEC gives universities one-week deadline, fake degree count: 43

Published: July 21, 2010
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The degrees of three more parliamentarians have been declared fake.

The degrees of three more parliamentarians have been declared fake.

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Wednesday gave a one-week deadline to universities to complete pending verification of degrees of parliamentarians.

The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by HEC chairman Javed Laghari. The meeting was also attended by vice-chancellors of several universities.

According to sources, the HEC recieved six degrees today including  two fake and four from non-chartered universities. Sources added that, so far, the fake degrees toll has mounted to 43. HEC has declared 208 degrees of parliamentarians as authentic.

HEC chairman said that universities not in a position to comply with the July 27 deadline, should hand over the records to HEC.

Earlier in the day, MNAs Ramesh Lal and  Ghulam Mustafa and Balochistan MPAs Bakhtiar Khan and Muhammad Khan were found to be in possession of  fake graduation degrees.

Three of the degrees were declared fake by Shah Abdul Latif University where the administration said that no record of the degrees existed, while Karachi University declared Muhammad Khan’s degree as bogus.

On July 19, the HEC submitted a report of the first phase of the degree verification process of federal and provincial legislators to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and the National Assembly’s standing committee on education.

More than 1,100 degrees were sent by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to the HEC for verification but it has so far received around 900 out of them.

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jul 21, 2010 - 5:38PM

    Members of fake degree club are increasing day by day. The criteria to join fake degree club is not the joining fee or annual fee but the only criteria is that one should have a fake degree.

    On behalf of the nation, I welcome all fake degree club members. I will be arranging a party in their honour in a 5 star hotel very soon, just waiting for more members to join.

    Once I have a confirm figure of total fake degree members, I will sent them invitation individually which members of fake degree club will receive in due course of time. Recommend

  • Ben
    Jul 21, 2010 - 7:22PM

    43 and still the counter is clicking. These fraudsters have started glorifying their crime saying that they defied an illegal order of a dictator. What a defiance! They think they waged jihad against dictator. What a jihad in which cheating was the major weapon. The whole nation should salute these mujahideen. link textRecommend

  • Sbk
    Jul 21, 2010 - 10:43PM

    Its a shame that the elected parliamentarians of Pakistan are having no moral values.Economic condition of country is getting worse day by day and fake degree holders legislators are creating a political rift. I am counting on Supreme Court to take some strict actions.Recommend

  • Hamood
    Jul 22, 2010 - 1:01AM

    And we vote for and trust these guys to run the affairs of the country? Lying, cheating crooks. All they are interested in is filling up their pockets.Recommend

  • KASTEER
    Jul 24, 2010 - 12:15AM

    VERY SAD moments for us to face tht situation of fake degree holders……. I suggent for the fake degree holders tht shot him/her self and for this working i SALUTE TO THE HEC.Recommend

  • Khadim Hussain Subhpoto
    Jul 25, 2010 - 12:35AM

    With fake degrees holders are being exposed shamefully, I wonder how we can still thingk of the soverignity of the parliament. Such people indeed bring a very bad name to the the parliament and the country. Their nefarious act must be condemmed in the strongest possible terms. This immoral and unethical act of theirs can never be justified in any circumstances whatsoever. All the political parties are supposed to drive such negative elements from their ranks to keep their credibility and reputation intact. The fake degree holders, no matter how popular they are in the massess, have no right whatsoever to sit the parliament, which is indeed sovereign without any doubt.Recommend

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