ISLAMABAD -- There are 115 higher educational institutions, functional across the country, sans any formal approval and registration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
Parents and students have pleaded for working out a comprehensive strategy to redress the issue, which may put future of many students at stake due to these illegal institutions.
They called for stringent steps on part of Higher Education Commission to come hard on these institutions, that dole out 'fake' degrees to their enrolled students.
The official sources pointed out out that total 115 illegal country-wide higher educational institutions, declared by the HEC, around 100 were being run in Punjab, 36 Sindh, 12 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 04 Federal capital and 03 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
Talking to reporter, father of a student Rizwan Ahmad said that these illegal campuses were charging fees in hundreds of thousands rupees.
He urged the Higher Education Commission, the premier regulating body, to take strict action against such institutions that are functioning illegally.
Hammad, a student of federal university, said "after completing my higher education, when I approached HEC for attestation of my degree, I was told that my...