NAB seeks detail of illegal private varsities

LAHORE:29 October:National Accountability Bureau Lahore on Monday while taking notice of 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. Additional Secretary HED Tariq Hameed Bhatti, DG Accreditation HEC Tahir Abbas Zaidi, Director PHED Dr Shahbaz Shamsi and Director PHEC Nauman Maqbool Rao attended the briefing. During the briefing, NAB Lahore team sought complete details from Regulatory officials regarding all such un-approved and illegal universities and directed for provision of compliance report to NAB Lahore regarding steps being taken against alleged illegal universities. Moreover, PHED officials have 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 directed all private universities to submit comprehensive details to HEC, PHEC and PHED of students who would successfully acquire admission with them. Moreover, for the convenience of Public HEC, PHEC and PHED officials were 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.The news.

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