PESHAWAR: University of Peshawar (UoP) submitted a written response to the Peshawar High Court, saying Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MNA Murad Saeed’s detailed marks certificate does not have the varsity’s official stamp on it. A degree can only be provided once he passes three papers which he had not cleared earlier, stated UoP.
The comments were submitted by the university’s counsel, Waseemuddin Khattak on Thursday, stating Saeed has to pass three papers in order to obtain his BS Environmental Sciences degree. The response adds that a course completion certificate, which was issued by a clerk, is insufficient for the issuance of the degree and the petition filed by the MNA seeking his degree disregards certain facts.
Saeed’s degree case came to the fore when activists from Pukhtoon Students Federation accused him of passing his Remote Sensing, Introduction to Environmental Sciences and Ecology papers in one hour.
Saeed subsequently approached the high court. In his petition, the MNA says he attended UoP from 2005 to 2009 for his undergraduate study and passed all his courses in the said timeframe. The environmental sciences department chairman had issued a course completion certificate on November 26, 2009 and despite repeated attempts, Saeed was informed the varsity administration will send his degree by post.
The court has sought written comments from the UoP registrar and vice chancellor for the March 11 hearing.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 11th, 2015.
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