ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to verify all degrees issued by Al-Khair University Bhimber campus.
When a three-member Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Azmat Saed took up the fake degrees’ case involving Al-Khair University, the HEC director-general informed the court the regulatory body had approved the university in 2002 under section 10 of HEC guidelines.
The HEC banned the Al-Khair University Bhimber campus on complaints the university was issuing fake degrees. He said that the HEC allowed the university to operate in 2011 after a re-assessment.
The HEC official informed the court that degrees of only Al-Khair University’s Bhimber campus will be accepted while its other campuses were not recognized by the regulatory body.
To this, Justice Azmat Saed observed that the Preston University Kohat campus was facing the same situation. The HEC official told the court that the Preston University Kohat campus has been banned for the last three years.
Justice Qazi Faiz Essa observed that Al-Khair University’s degrees will be considered genuine only if the HEC verified them.
The petitioner’s counsel told the court that on August 31, 2018, the HEC announced that degrees issued by the Al-Khair University until 2009 were certified.
When the HEC official said the regulatory body has an online degree verification system in place, the petitioner’s counsel told the court that Al-Khair University did not have an online system to apply for the degree verification. The court directing the HEC to verify Al-Khair University’s degrees observed that only HEC certified and verified degrees will be accepted.