The Peshawar High Court Peshawar has issued its judgment on 20-06-2019 in connection with M.Phil Allowance to MS Degree Holders and M.Sc (Hons). Summary is as under:
As per averments in the writ petitioners are saving the respondent’s department as Senior Research Officers (BPS-18).Research Officers BPS-17, Assistance Director Planning BPS-17 and Assistance Director Outreach BPS-17 respectively and are posted in different District of KPK having M.Sc. ( Hons) and MS degrees in their credit and the same have been held equivalent to M.Phil. Degree for the purpose of job, promotion and financial benefits by the Higher Education Commission. The Government of KPK vide notification No. FD/SO (SR-II)/8-14 2016 dated 17.04.2016 granted M.Phil. allowance to its employee holding M.Phil. Degree w.e.f. 1.7.2016 at the rate and subject to the condition mentioned there in . Subsequently, respondent No.1-3 vide notification dated 14.10.2016 discontinued the said allowances. Feeling aggrieved with the same, the other similarly placed employee approached this court in Wp No.2243-P/2017, which was allowed, but the same was refused to the present petitioners. Hence the instant writ petition.
2. Undisputedly all the petitioners are equipped with the M.Sc. (Hons) and M.S degrees, but the moot question in the instant case is that as to whether the M.Sc. (Hons) & MS. degrees are equivalent to the M.Phil. Degree or not. It is clear than crystal in the notification dated 213.5.2017 issued by the higher Education Commission, the relevant portion of which is reproduced below for conveniences:-
Special thanks to Dr Muhammad Umar for sending the copy of the Judgment Sheet Regarding M.Phil Allowance to MS Degree Holders and M.Sc (Hons).