The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan is an independent, autonomous, and constitutionally established institution of primary funding, supervising, regulating, and accrediting the higher education efforts in Pakistan.
Higher Education commission head office is located in Islamabad. The regional center offices are located in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta.
Higher Education Commission was established in 1947 as UGC current from since 2002.
The motto of Higher Education Commission is ” Facilitating Institute of higher learning to serve as an Engine of Growth for the Socio-economic Development of Pakistan. The annual budget of HEC is Rs. 57.4 billion.
The HEC is made for formulating higher education policy and quality assurance to meet the international standards as well as providing accrediting academic degrees, development of new institutions, and uplift of existing institutions in Pakistan.
The Higher Education Commission also facilitated the development of the higher educational system in country with the main purpose of upgrading the universities and colleges in the country to be focal point of the high learning route towards building a knowledge-based economy in Pakistan by giving out hundreds of doctoral scholarships for education abroad every year
Since the HEC’s reforms have been carried out in 2002, HEC has been received praise from international higher observers. Prof Atta-ur-Rahman, founding CEO of HEC has received a number of prestigious international awards for the remarkable transformation of the higher education sector under his leadership.
HEC every year does the ranking of universities on the basis of a quality of assurance, teaching quality, research, finance, facilities, and development. Top ten universities in HEC ranking are
- Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad
- University of the Punjab, Lahore
- National University of the Science and Technology (NUST)
- University of Agricultural, Faisalabad
- Aga Khan University
- COMSATS Institute of Information and Technology
- Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences PIEAS , Islamabad
- University of Karachi
- University of Health Sciences, Lahore
- University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore
HEC provides a number of scholarships to students like National Scholarship, Interim Ph,D placement, Approved Ph,D supervisors, Foreign Scholarship, and International Research Support.
The official website of HEC is www.hec.gov.pk/