Karachi: A seminar on the topic, ‘Role of Higher Education Commission (HEC) in the development of Legal Education’ was organized by Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law- SZABUL on August 29th, 2017, here at a local hotel. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed- Chairman HEC graced the occasion as the chief guest, while the event was presided by Barrister Mehmood Mandviwalla- President SAARC Law.
Justice Retired Qazi Khalid Ai- VC SZABUL appreciated the role of HEC in the development of SZABUL, including 1000 million PSDP which the HEC has approved for the construction of Research Center, Tuck Shops, and Gymnasium in SZABUL.
Tahira Raza- President First Women Bank Ltd. stressed on the need of moral and ethical screening of a person entering the legal profession, as these people have to provide justice to the society. ‘The corrupt and dishonest people could use the tool, legal education for the destruction of the society. Besides technical skills, we need to promote ethical and fairness skills’ she stated.
Mehmood Mandviwalla said it’s not the job of practicing lawyers to impart legal education in law colleges. He asked to hire full-time law faculty for teaching legal education, as they have more knowledge and time to research in comparison to the practicing lawyers.
Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed- Chairman HEC said Korea which adopted our development program is among the world most developed countries, while we are still an under developing country. ‘One of the big reason is that the higher education access rate in Korea is 97 percent while its only 09 percent in Pakistan’.
He criticized the amendments by the politician in 1973 Constitution of the country. According to him, so many changes have been made in it that hardly anyone remember what it was original. The policy makers rolled the constitutions what suits to them. This is not the way to govern the country.
He said the HEC got overwhelming popularity when the fake degree issue of the parliamentarians was highlighted. “The politicians having fake degrees pressurized us to verify them; even some asked us to accept their birth certificate as their bachelor degrees. When we refused to accept their unlawful demands and make the process online, they formed their own HEC. This thing shows the values of our society”, he added.
Dr. Mukhtar said that it was getting difficult day by day to run any institutions as in cases of staff’s leaves, transfer, postings they go to courts and get stays. He asked the judges, lawyers, educationists, and people from civil society to sit together to see which laws need to be reviewed in order to improve the system.
Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Justice Zia Alvi, Brigadier Rashid Siddiqui, TV host Fahim Siddiqui, Naeem Qureshi- President Karachi Bar Association, Vice Chancellors of several universities, and a large number of lawyers, students and teachers were present at the seminar.