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The Higher Education Commission (HEC), formerly the University Grant Commission, is the primary regulator of higher education in Pakistan. It also facilitates the development of higher educational system in Pakistanmarker[218587]. Its main purpose is to upgrade the Universities of Pakistan to be centres of education, research and development.

The HEC is also playing a leading role towards building a knowledge based economy in Pakistan by giving out hundreds of doctoral scholarships for education abroad every year.

Mr Javed Laghari, is the newly appointed HEC Chairman.

HEC Programs and Projects

HEC main programs are following:
  • Faculty development
  • Curriculum revision
  • Higher education infrastructure development
  • Indigenous scholarships [218588][218589]
  • Foreign scholarships [218590][218591]
  • Patent filing support [218592]
  • Conference travel grants [218593]
  • Increase industry and university research collaboration
  • Developing new technology parks

Information Technology Reforms

Primary focus of HEC is higher Education development however recently HEC has begun information technology reforms (called e-reforms) while it claims to improve situation of social sector primarily reduction in poverty and challenges of economic stability.Main E-forms programs are following:


HEC projects have received criticism, although the government of Pakistan has allocated a significant amount of funds to the HEC and has increased its budget since its 2002 name-change.

Some of the reports:

After the (forced) resignation of Dr Atta ur Rehman, the performance of HEC is declining and the culture of work is changing in HEC. The process of corruption has been started. Here is one of the highlight

Now HEC don't publish the list of selected candidates for scholarship. It changed its web site layout and ask the individual to provide his/her national id to know about its interview call, whereas before this a complete list was provided along with marks. So one can easily contact if his/her name was not added in the list and he/she has the minimum criteria marks. see the link [218595]


In spite of the criticism of HEC, its creation has also had a positive impact on higher education in Pakistan. In their two year report for 2004 to 2006 it is mentioned that according to the Institute of Scientific Information, the total number of publications appearing in the 8,000 leading journals indexed in the web of Science arising out of Pakistan in 2005 was 1,259 articles, representing a 41% increase over the past two years and a 60% increase since the establishment of HEC in 2002. In addition the HEC digital library now provides access to over 20,000 leading research journals, covering about 75% of the world's peer reviewed scientific journals.

The HEC website also points to a 40% increase in enrollment in universities in Pakistan over the last two years, which it attributes to efforts on its part to encourage higher education in the country.

Video Conferencing

Amongst the objectives of this project a primary objective of introduction of Video Conferencing facility is to enhance students teachers interaction through distance learning, bridge the gap of good faculty, meet the shortage of faculty members at the universities located at farflung areas and ultimately to uplift the standard of education in Pakistan. HEC aims to give Pakistan a bright future through young, qualified and energetic generation.

In the 1st phase starting September, 2006 eminent scholars from Pakistan will deliver interactive lectures on various topics and recorded lectures from foreign universities will be broadcasted. The lectures delivered/broadcasted will be aimed to develop fundamental concepts, to enhance the critical thinking for under-graduate and graduate students and to discuss cutting edge technologies/research work in the fields of modern sciences for students and faculty members. In the 2nd stage interactive lectures from foreign universities will be arranged. Nobel Laureates/Eminent scientists/researchers will be invited to deliver lectures to share their knowledge/research work. This program will continue and the remaining 32 universities in 2nd phase will become part of the program.

Currentlly there are more than 65 sites which are operational all over Pakistan and availing this facility for conducting lectures, meetings and other events etc.

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