Justice Mirza Waqas Rauf of Lahore High Court’s Multan bench on Friday admitted a petition moved by some postgraduate students on reimbursements of fee and sought comments from the Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) vice chancellor, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the BZU Commerce Department head within a fortnight.
Petitioners Abdul Muneeb Qamar, Zahid Ali Akbar, Khalid Nasir, Hussain Zahid, Yousaf, Ehtishamul Haq and Asma Naeem have moved the petition through Malik Naeem Iqbal and Malik Javeed Hussain Channar.
The suit said the HEC had declared them eligible for reimbursement of fee under the Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme for Less Developed Areas. They said they had been informed that they could collect Rs74,340 each for two semesters. They said the HEC had sent cheques for the amount to the BZU.
The students said the university administration had not handed over the cheques and had later returned them to the HEC. Later, they said, they were contacted by the HEC asking for some documents to verify their qualifications.
The students said they had sent their documents but had not heard from the HEC again.
They said the BZU had not reimburse the fee and had told them that students in evening classes were not eligible for the reimbursement scheme. They requested the court to direct the HEC to ensure reimbursement of their fee.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 4th, 2015.