Senate Body for strict action against fake technical institutes

ISLAMABAD: Senate Standing Committee on Federal Education Wednesday in its meeting took strict notice of the fake technical and vocational institutes established in the federal capital.

The point was raised by the Senator Azam Khan Swati saying that he noticed around three colleges in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) were distributing fake diplomas among students.

The committee meeting was held here under the Chairmanship of Senator Rahila Magsi and attended by the Federal Minister for Education, Senator Azam Khan Swati, Senator Nuzhat Sadiq, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Senator Gul Bashra, Senator Sehar Kamran, Chairman HEC Dr Mukhtar Ahmad, VC AIOU, VC IST and other officials.

A strict action is needed against these institutions and would be punished as they were projecting negative image of the country to the world, he added.

Chairman HEC replying the question said that there were a number of fake institutions opened in the different areas which needed to be banned and suggest for a in-camera meeting in which he would brief in details.

The body agreed for in-camera meeting and suggest that the issue would be inquired and resolved through Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

Earlier, the Chairman in his briefing said that HEC’s newly launched online degree verification system is functioning with fair and transparent way.

HEC, he said, has introduced research culture in the universities adding, in 2016 around 1200 journals have been published and the number was high than many other developed countries.

“We are moving from quantity to quality of research papers” he added.

The Chairman also lauded the performance of Institute of Space Technology (IST) saying that it has launched its own satellite and the Qatar Airways wish to get training from it.

The role of IST in space technology is needed to be promoted he said and added they want to show their work to the world through media.

While in his briefing, Vice Chancellor Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Dr Shahid Siddiqui said that it is Asia’s first and world’s second major distance learning university which has around 1.3 million students across the country.

He informed the members about the necessary steps taken by the him for the development of the university.

It has about 56 per cent females and 44 per cent male students, he added.

The body members appreciated the role of AIOU in providing of education to the Jail Inmates, disables, poor, drop out girls, transgender, martyr families and in natural disaster areas.

Senator Sehar Kamran urged the VC AIOU to start special programmes for the character building and Islamic training of the students.

AIOU, he said has started chinese language courses in Gwadar, Lahore and Islamabad for benefit of CPEC.

Mushahid Hussain Syed stressed the need for starting of technical and vocational courses in the university saying that it was the key area which need to be focused.

Chairman National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) Rozina Alam Khan briefed the body about the recommendations made by the standing committee in its last meeting.

She informed the body members that a PC-1 has been approved by the government under which the salaries of the NCHD employees would be enhanced till 15000 by start of the next year.