The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has told the LHC (Lahore High Court) that the students of O and A levels will no longer need equivalence certificates from IBCC (Interboard Committee of Education Board). The students no more require an equivalence certificate and need to get their grades converted for further studies.
Romana Malik, a student, had filed a petition through Advocate Shiraz Zaka, challenging the mandatory condition of attaining an equivalence certificate from the education board in addition to attestations of degrees from HEC. The counsel contended that the petitioner had graduated from Punjab University and completed her masters from a private university. However, HEC was not attesting her degrees without the Equivalence certificate from IBCC.
He argued that the petitioner was facing hurdles and difficulties in attaining her Iqama (work permit) in Dubai as HEC failed to perform its statutory obligations. Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan observed that HEC should have attested the degrees of the university that are recognized by it.
During the hearing, HEC’s council presentation a notification which stated that for attestation of bachelors and masters degree, a student will no longer require an equivalence certificate from IBCC for O and A levels. He added that the rule has been changed to ease the process and benefit the students and it would be applicable across the country uniformly. The petitioner also challenged an order of IBCC that refused to issue her equivalence because she had not studied Islamiat and Pakistan Studies respectively.
The judge disposed the petition in light of HEC’s report and directed HEC to attest the degrees of the petitioner.
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