Registry cases remain pending with DPI | Officials concerned accused of deliberately delaying matters to pocket money | Directorate Public Instructions official refutes claims, says no complaints filed yet
LAHORE: Although applications for registration filed by a number of renowned colleges lining the provincial metropolis remain pending with the Directorate of Public Instruction, the concerned institutes nonetheless continue conducting businesses without any qualms.
Sources privy to The Post revealed that cases of Hazrat Ayesha Siddiqua Model Degree Nichols Road, Minhaj College for Boys, near the Telephone Exchange Hamdard Chowk Township, Minhaj College for Women Main Civic Center Baghdad Township, Global College of Commerce,14-L Model Town Extension, Punjab College of Science ,161-C Ferozpur Road, Syed Maudoodi International Islamic Education Institute Wahdat Road, Hamayat-e-Islam Khawateen Degree College, 4-Sher Shah Block New Garden Town, Lahore College of Arts and Science 95-B III Gulberg, Punjab College of Commerce Garden Chauburji, Al-Falah College for Women, Main Gate Lahore General Hospital, Ferozpur Road and Iqra Girls College, near Masjid Umer Khokar, Shamnagar, Chauburgi remain pending with the directorate concerned, but to no effect.
As per the Punjab Private Educational Institution (Promotion and Regulation) Ordinance No IV, 1984 under Clause-6, No 2, the officer receiving an application shall forward the same to the District Committee which, after making such enquiry about such matters as may be prescribed, shall submit its report with its recommendations to the registering authority within sixty days of the receipt of the application under sub-section (1).
Clause -11 of the ordinance states the provisions of Section 3, whoever continues to run an institution without registration or after refusal or cancellation of registration, shall be punished with fine which may extent to Rs 100 or each day during which the contravention continues. Where the contravention continues for a period of three months, the institution shall be liable to closure by the registering authority.
Administrations of various colleges seeking anonymity said the ongoing trend of unregistered colleges and educational institutions has perked up following inordinate delays by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education who persist in pocketing money, compelling many to set up an institution without registering it first.
It is worth mentioning here that Syed Maudoodi College set up in 1982 even after an elapse of 26 years, is still amongst the unregistered educational institutions offering BA Honours in Shahdat-e-Aliya without possessing an affiliation to HEC.
Talking to The Post, Principal Al-Flah College for Women and Al-Flah Computer College Rasheed Bhatti said the institutions had been established some 12 years back and continues to offer since the last six months BCom and BIT without having any registration with a concerned body.
When contacted, Additional in-charge Directorate Public Instructions Tariq Jaleel said action would be taken against such institutions, but added that so far no complaints had ever been filed in this regard.
Source: The Post, 8/6/2008