The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Wednesday directed officials of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to explain why they had made producing a domicile certificate mandatory for college admissions.
The orders were issued by a PHC division bench comprising Justice Mian Fasihul Mulk and Justice Yahya Afridi while hearing an application filed by Advocate Essa Khan on July 1 which challenged the newly devised policy for obtaining a domicile certificate.
The court had earlier ordered educational institutions to accept admission applications with ‘B forms’ (birth certificates) and observed the domicile certificate could be demanded at the time of admission.
However, the HEC issued a statement on July 5 directing educational institutions to stop the admission process as, according to the commission, the PHC had stayed the procedure. On July 9, the court clarified no such orders had been issued.
On Wednesday, when asked to produce the policy which made domicile certificates mandatory for admissions, HEC officials said no such policy had been devised. They added all educational boards required the certificate for admissions after matriculation results were announced.
“The court should not be given verbal statements, and parents should be informed a year in advance of admissions so they are prepared for the requirements,” said Justice Afridi, ordering the officials to produce the policy in question.
The bench later adjourned the hearing till Thursday (today).
Published in The Express Tribune, July 11th, 2013.