SC reserves verdict over appeals against ban on jobs in Punjab

Islamabad—The Supreme Court on Friday reserved its judgment over appeals filed against ban on government jobs in the Punjab province.
The three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan heard the case and reserved verdict after completion of arguments. In 2012, the provincial government banned government jobs to students who get their degrees from technical institutions which were not registered with the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
The students of such institutions filed appeals in the top court against Punjab government decision.
During today’s course of proceedings, Mudassir Abbasi Additional Advocate General for Punjab appeared before the court and stated that the Punjab government issued advertisements for recruitment in different institutions in 2012.
He said that after receiving applications it was informed that technical institutes which were open in houses in every city were not registered with the HEC. He said that the provincial government offered jobs to students who got their degrees from HEC recognized institutes.
The counsel for petitioner Skills Development Authority told that the degrees awarded by institute were not fake as they were responsible for verification of the degrees.
Advocate Saddiq Khan Baloch counsel for four applicants Abid, Manzoor, Shoukat and Shafqat told the court that out of 36 districts of the province only two districts technical institues students were given jobs. He said that his clients had obtained their degrees from Quaid-e-Azam university, Punjab University and AIOU. He said that they also passed test and interviews but jobs were not awarded to them..—APP

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