Our Special Correspondent
LAHORE: National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Lahore by taking
cognizance against alleged un-approved and illegal private
Universities called a briefing from Higher Education Commission (HEC)
Islamabad, Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) and Punjab Higher Education Department (PHED) officials which was attended by Additional Secretary HED Mr. Tariq Hameed Bhatti, DG (Accreditation) HEC, Mr. Tahir Abbas Zaidi, Director PHED, Dr Shahbaz Shamsi and Director PHEC, Mr. Nauman Maqbool.
During briefing, NAB Lahore team has sought complete details
from Regulatory officials regarding all such un-approved and illegal
Universities and also directed for provision of compliance report to
NAB Lahore regarding steps being taken against detrimental alleged
illegal Universities. Moreover, PHED officials have also been advised
to take suitable action against non-approved subjects being taught as
part of different degrees in such Universities.
In past, it had been observed that even after completion of studies, students had to face numerous obstacles and issues in wake
of provision of degrees to them, whereas, keeping in view such
instances of hardships on part of students, NAB Lahore has directed
all private Universities to submit comprehensive details to HEC, PHEC
& PHED of students who would successfully acquire admission with
Moreover, for the convenience of Public (students), HEC,
PHEC & PHED officials are also advised by NAB Lahore to display lists
of approved and legal private Universities along with complete lists
of approved subjects.
Complex and opaque distribution of powers among Higher Education Commission, Punjab Higher Education Commission and Punjab
Higher Education Department was observed in briefing which is required
to be addressed on priority. For overcoming departmental weaknesses
and bringing improvement in education system, numerous other
suggestions remained under discussion during the briefing.