Sunday, October 4, 2015

HEC says Comsats dual degree ‘worthless’

ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has guaranteed that the Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) is charging Rs1.3 million for every understudy for a "useless" double degree.

Amid a preparation on Wednesday to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), HEC administrator Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said CIIT charged a great many rupees from understudies for a double degree from CIIT and Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.

Dr Ahmed said the HEC had not been counseled when CIIT dispatched the project. He said the commission was educated in 2013 that Comsats had begun the project and was charging £2,000 per understudy.

CIIT began offering the double degrees in 2010. Their site says courses are taught both by their own particular staff and those of Lancaster University. It says their understudies can concentrate a piece of their degree at Lancaster University grounds.

Dr Ahmad told the advisory group that UK's instruction board did not perceive CIIT's degree and that when Lancaster University was reached, the HEC learnt the British college just honors a MS degree after finish of five years of study, while CIIT was putting forth the degree after just four years of study.

The executive included the HEC had found that Comsats' courses were just taught by their own particular scholarly staff and no Lancaster University instructors were included.

Dr Ahmad said after correspondence with Lancaster University and UK's training gathering in 2013, the HEC had exhorted CIIT to scrap their double degree program.

The commission discovered that Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) likewise did not perceive Comsats' building degree either.

The HEC director recommended CIIT be requested that discount £2,000 to every understudy or that they ought to reserve one year's study for their understudies at Lancaster.

PAC part Sheik Rohail Asghar asked the HEC for what reason they had not mediated in the matter in 2010 when CIIT began offering the project. He said lethargy by the HEC has put understudies' future in question. Accordingly Dr Ahmad said the HEC had no energy to prevent a foundation from offering courses.

PAC part Mehmood Khan Achakzai asked Dr Ahmed whether the HEC had ever issued a notification to Comsat requesting that they stop their project to which the HEC seat said he was not leader of the commission at the time. He said he had reached the then director of the commission, Javed Leghari, who had said CIIT was looking for consent however that their solicitation had been denied.

The PAC had summoned the minister and ace minister of CIIT to the meeting however both were missing because of different engagements.

Director of PAC Syed Khursheed Ahmad Shah guided the board of trustees' secretary to issue notification to them and to put off further procedures till October