ISLAMABAD National Assembly Standing Committee on Education during a meeting, Tuesday, handed over 840 degrees of the Members of National and Provincial Assemblies to the Higher Education Commission for verification. Abid Sher Ali chaired the meeting of the committee. Besides the members of the committee, Secretary Election Commission, Ishtiaq Ahmad Khan, HEC Chairman Javaid Laghari, HEC Executive Director Sohail Naqvi, vice chancellors of universities, officials of HEC and representatives of different ministries also attended the meeting. Abid Sher Ali said out of 1,170 MNAs and MPAs, degrees of 840 parliamentarians have been given to the commission and the rest of the degrees would also be handed over to HEC for verification after they were provided by the Election Commission. He said the reports of the commission would be made public and sent to the party heads as well. Rector, National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Brig (R) Aziz Ahmad Khan gave a detailed briefing about the university to the committee. It was pointed out that the Chief of Army Staff should not hold the office of Chairman of Board of Governors and according to the ordinance of the university the Chancellor of the university, the President of Pakistan, should preside over the NUML BoG meetings. The committee directed the Rector to ensure implementation of the ordinance in letter and spirit. The committee unanimously condemned the thrashing incident at NUML, in which a Retired Brigadier Ranjha physically misbehaved with a teacher Tahir Naeem Malik. The committee asked the Rector to withdraw the show cause notice issued to Tahir Naeem Malik. Taking serious notice of the reports of financial embezzlements and violations of rules in appointing administrative and academic staff in the NUML, the committee asked the Auditor General to appear before the committee to ascertain the reports of corruption and irregularities in the university. The Rector and NUML administration have also been asked to come prepared in the next meeting and produce the documents including the list of persons appointed during ban period and details of grants and expenditure of the university. The sub-committee of the standing committee constituted, earlier, presented its report regarding HEC. The sub-committee expressed reservations on the strength of staff in BPS and MP scales and desired to curtail the expenditures. It also sought necessary approval from the Establishment Division, FPSC and PM Secretariat in that regard. The sub-committee expressed reservations on the grant of huge salary, facilities and tours of officials including Executive Director and others. Discussing the incident of firing between two rival groups of students at the Islamia University Bahawalpur, the committee recommended to the Chief Minister of Punjab to ban union politics on the campus and terminate the police officers who avoided taking action against the elements responsible for violence. The matter of irregularities in appointments, favouritism and corruption in the Agriculture University Faisalabad also came under discussion and the chairman directed the vice chancellor of the university to conduct an inquiry into the issue and apprise the committee about it.