RAWALPINDI: In a rare case, the University of Engineering, Taxila awarded a doctorate to a deceased man under the guidance of the Lahore High Court (LHC).
In this unusual case, petitioning engineer Irfan Ahmad Qureshi was a former managing director of Rawalpindi Waste Management Company (RWMC), who requested an extension to submit his doctoral thesis – a concession that has already been granted to his fellows – however , while awaiting his petition, he died of complications from Covid-19.
LHC Judge Jawad Hassan, in a hearing after his death, ordered the university to award Mr Qureshi the doctorate.
The case had been pending before the LHC since 2016 and was finally decided on September 13, 2022.
According to the petition, filed through lawyer Kashif Ali Malik, the petitioner Qureshi requested that “he was denied an extension of time (one year) for the submission of his doctoral thesis despite the fact that similarly placed students have enjoyed the same relief”.
His brother, lawyer Waseem Ahmed Qureshi, appeared before the LHC bench on September 13 and informed the judge that the claimant died of Covid-19 on July 20, 2021.
He pointed out that the petitioner had clearly stated in paragraph 4 of the petition that “for unforeseen and unavoidable personal reasons, the thesis could not be submitted within the time limit”. management on September 2, 2015.
He said the petitioner’s case was pending and was ultimately rejected by the academic council at its June 13, 2016 meeting, adding that the council during the same meeting authorized the extension to similarly placed doctoral students. .
The university registrar, Khalid Maqbool, informed the court that the applicant was not granted an extension of the deadline for submission of the thesis because he did not fulfill the requirement of it.
The court observed that the university could not give a plausible reason to grant an extension to students placed under similar conditions.
“However, the Union of the University has the authority/mandate to confer honorary degrees in accordance with Article 22 (2) (xxi) of
University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila Act, 1994,” the judge pointed out.
The court noted that “under the rule of law, every citizen of this country has the right to access justice and to do justice. It’s not out of place
emphasize that the preamble of the Constitution which proposed and highlighted the purpose and objects of the Constitution.
Judge Hassan observed that “the petitioner having died and the non-attribution of the decree is presumed to be exploitative under the provisions of Article 3 of the Constitution”, adding that the university’s response for not having extended the deadline for submission of the thesis was not satisfactory.
“Defendants’ inaction clearly violated the provisions of Article 25 of the Constitution,” the court ruled.
Posted in Dawn, November 10, 2022