Islamabad-Dozens of students of Indus International Institute on Monday staged protest on issuance of fake degrees to them by the unregistered institute, putting their academic future on stake.

Indus International Institute (III) was established in Dera Ghazi Khan by the sitting Minister of Communication Hafiz Abdul Kareem in 2011 and was inaugurated by Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif.

At the moment, around 1500 students are running from pillar to post for the recognition of their degrees from the institute.

The students gathered here at press club and chanted slogans against the minister accusing him for running the unregistered institute and grabbing millions in fees from students.

The institute offering 32 programs had issued fake roll numbers slips to the students for appearing in exams which were later disowned by the alleged affiliated Government College University Faisalabad.

A Mass Communication student Sher Afghan said that students have been looted by the institute and are now left helpless.

Despite the direction from Higher Education Commission to close the institute for not fulfilling the requirement, III issued fake degrees which are not being recognized by the GCUF and HEC.

He said the institute also held the result of number of students and suspended the semester for a year.

Another student Ramzan Qadir informed The Nation that III is taking admissions since 2011 and has received an average of Rs200000 per student for each degree program.

He said the institute is offering the programs in social sciences, basic sciences and computer sciences.

He informed that students have been threatened of dire consequences and lodging of FIRs as they protested against the administration for taking no measures to end their grievances.       

 The Nation contacted the Minister of Communication for his comments on the story but he didn’t respond.