An academic of the Punjab University has been receiving additional fees from the students in the name of accepting a thesis.

A lecturer of the varsity was found in illegal activity of receiving Rs12,000 each student in the name of thesis fees through his own website.

Following the reports, PU administration has directed the students to upload their thesis on the official website of the varsity in order to stop the illegal activity.

Some students registered complaints against the lecturer when he asked them to upload their thesis on his personal website besides demanding the submission of Rs12,000 in cash.

The affected students have also submitted applications to the PU’s vice-chancellor regarding the academic's behaviour.

It may be noted here that the accused had previously earned Rs3,000 per student during the poster contests organised by the United Nation, he also created a website, ‘MyProjectFolio”, which is registered to his name.

At least 77 students from the PU’s Fine Arts have registered their complaints to the vice-chancellor, demanding an inquiry and strict action against the illegal move of the lecturer.

Earlier in April, a major hacking scandal which is said to be biggest in Pakistan had unearthed as the stolen data of various female students of Punjab University (PU) was sold out on ‘Dark Web’.

The revelations had raised eyebrows of many regarding measures taken by cybersecurity units working across the country to curb such criminal activities on the worldwide web.

Sources said that stolen data of the varsity’s female students, including phone numbers, photos and videos, was being traded to Dark Web users.

“The stolen data was transacted in renowned decentralised digital currency, Bitcoin, while this heinous business is still going on,” said sources. They confirmed that hackers have used spy apps for thieving the students’ information.

The PU spokesperson had said that the varsity would take action against the persons responsible for hacking the personal data of its students. The FIA cyber crimes’ circle had also initiated an investigation into the matter.