Al-Khair University is recognized by HEC Pakistan. The battle of money between the university and HEC chairman has destroyed the careers of 74,000 graduates. There is a double standard which is creating a threat for these people. Director General of NAB Punjab Saleem Shehzad holds the degree of the same university.
HEC was attesting the degrees of all the degree holders of Al-Khair University until April last year. In April 2016, HEC halted the operation of attesting degrees with the name of data collection from university. The university provided all the data of graduates in December 2016.
Despite getting the date in 2016, there is no move for the attestation of degrees with 2018 approaching.
In 2014, HEC had issued an appreciation letter to the university and encouraged students to get admission in Al-Khair University and affiliated colleges.
A graduate of Al-Khair University who recently passed HEC Aptitude Test(HAT) for overseas PhD Scholarships told the media that he has lost two(2) international PhD scholarships in the past year due to the attestation problem. He has sent emails and calls to HEC officials to explain the situation and found rejection from everywhere. He called HEC as the destructor of his career. He asked if HEC is in doubt about his abilities, how did he pass HEC’s test for PhD scholarships?
HEC is also not attesting the copies of those degrees which they had already attested. Due to the attestation issue, all the fresh and young graduates are unable to find any job. These jobless people are becoming a burden on the economy.
A graduate of an affected institute working in Dubai on a higher posting told me, “in all types of recruitments, graduates of Al-Khair graduates are being denied now due to attestation issue. People who were recruited in the past 20 years in Pakistan or any foreign country are facing threats of losing jobs. Salaries of all the Al-Khair University degree holding employees have been stopped. There is no immigration possible with attestation from HEC and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs”.
Graduates presented their already attested degree from HEC and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to media which has been denied from HEC now for re-attestation.
Graduates from Peshawar told me, “there were several protested called by students at the front of the HEC office in Islamabad and HEC promised to solve the matter within 15 days. Now six months have passed and the HEC has made no progress. HEC Chairman Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed and Executive Director Dr. Prof. Arshad Ali violated their promises with graduates and university to settle down the issues.”
A Group of Al-Khair University graduates working in Dubai, with their jobs at risk, have appealed to the media to bring the matter to the attention of Pakistan’s higher authorities. This ignorance and complete blindness from HEC higher management will gift another 74,000 terrorists to Pakistan’s poor economy which is already facing a burden of 70% unemployed youth.
Muhammad Zahid Iqbal is Computer Scientist and ICT Research Scholar. He has done his postgraduation from Information Technology University, Lahore. He is a member of Rotary International and International Design Innovation Network