Monday, October 12, 2015

Future of 2,500 students at stake

ISLAMABAD: The COMSATS put the fate of the 2,500 understudy in question as on Wednesday when the Higher Education Commission (HEC) pronounced before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the COMSATS concurrence with a UK-based college, of recompensing the degrees in the wake of charging 2,000 pounds sterling as illicit, saying that it was perceived neither in Pakistan nor abroad.

Observing open clamor, the PAC of the National Assembly summoned the HEC and in addition the administration of the COMSATS to brief the council on this issue.

The PAC met on Wednesday with Syed Khursheed Shah in seat. Director HEC Dr Mukhtar Ahmed went to yet the Rector COMSATS and Pro Rector did not show up on the reason that the Rector was out of the nation while Pro Rector was not healthy. The PAC was not satisfied and summoned the Rector and Pro Rector again on October 8.

Director HEC told the board of trustees that the COMSATS in 2009 consented to an arrangement with UK based Lancaster University under double degree program and from that point forward the understudies have paid 3.6 million pounds sterling. "The expenses of degree project of COMSATS is Rs475,000 yet it was charging Rs1.3 million from an understudy under the double degree system," said administrator HEC.

He told that an understudy gets confirmation on the certification of the COMSATS administration yet the affirmation is given infringing upon standards and without satisfying the legitimate commitments.

Director HEC educated that the COMSATS neither got authorization from its Board nor from the HEC nor from Pakistan Engineering Council for going into understanding of double degree program with UK based Lancaster University

He told the board of trustees that HEC did not support the assention yet, and even the Pakistan Engineering Council has additionally restricted this concurrence on the premise of Washington accord.

The Chairman HEC suggested that the COMSATS ought to discount the expenses to the understudies charged under MS degree from Lancaster University of the UK and welcome instructors from Lancaster University.

PAC part Rohail Asghar addressed in the matter of why the HEC did not protest such an assention when it was started in 2010 and did make no move to end the same.

Another part Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho recommended that the administration of the COMSATS ought to additionally be listened. Mehmood Khan Achakzai commented that it was not the issue of a few understudies but rather the greater part of all understudies and it ought to be determined.

He doubted regardless of whether the HEC had educated the Prime Minister about this issue and on the off chance that they had imparted then what was the reaction from the there.

Elucidating HEC position the Chairman said that claim of staying noiseless was erroneous as since 2011 the HEC issued three notification to COMSATS about the wrongness of their assention of double degree program and even the Pakistan Engineering Council had likewise sent notification to the COMSATS for not perceiving their double degree program.

He said the HEC has likewise drawn closer the Vice Chancellor of the Lancaster University on this issue and told the commission that he was investigating that matter.

Executive PAC Syed Khursheed Shah watched that no choice ought to be taken till the panel has heard the administration's perspective of the COMSATS and summoned the Rector and Pro Rector of the COMSATS on October 8 to clarify their position and position.

He additionally took solid note of the nonappearance of the pertinent government secretary from the meeting and issued an order that if any elected secretary would be missing without advising the PAC Secretariat, disciplinary move would be made against him.