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HEC Bans 450 Programs from 180 Private & Public Universities

HEC Bans 450 Programs from 180 Private & Public Universities


Sumera Saeed | November 10, 2017 | category: Education

HEC Bans 450 Programs from 180 Private & Public Universities. Higher Education Commission (HEC) has banned the 450 programs of 180 private and public universities.

The banned programs by the HEC include Masters, M. Phil, and PhD levels. The official website of Higher Education Commission (HEC) has listed the banned programs and the respective educational institutes. The HEC has also advertised in the newspaper in order to warn the students not to enroll themselves for the banned programs offered by these 180 private and public universities.

The HEC will not recognize degrees of banned programs so people have to take their decision timely to avoid inconvenience in future.

The degrees obtained from Chakwal University and Imperial College of Business Studies Lahore will not be recognized by HEC anymore.

For further information visit the official HEC website.

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Microsoft and HEC organize ‘Academic Day’ at Haripur University

Microsoft and HEC organize ‘Academic Day’ at Haripur University


Sumera Saeed | November 6, 2017 | category: Education

Microsoft and HEC organize ‘Academic Day’ at Haripur University . The Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan and Microsoft Pakistan have collaborated to pursue a joint initiative for promoting the use of advanced Information Technology and Cloud computing solutions, in the education sector of Pakistan. It is a pioneering and insightful initiative that includes a mega event organized every academic year, in major universities across the country.

‘Microsoft Academic Day’ was recently organized at the University of Haripur – a remote town in the north-western region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The series of events comprises of discussions on the Education Transformation Agreement (ETA) between the two organizations – its impact and role in the education landscape of Pakistan. The ETA helps the faculty & students remain up-to-date with the latest technological advancements, through technical trainings, workshops & seminars. Furthermore, Academic Day show cases the features of Microsoft Azure and its potential role in the Education industry.

Microsoft’s Cloud solution – Office 365, is a powerful platform used by more than 250,000 consumers in Pakistan, due to its effective performance. Similarly, experts at the event highlighted its versatility and rapid adoption for educational usage. Additionally, the participants also discussed the Imagine Cup – Microsoft’s leading technology competition, its winners over the past 4 years and the next year’s engagement plan.

The event celebrates the commitment of HEC and Microsoft to deliver advanced training and boot camps, along with the free distribution of cutting-edge software packages to universities across the country. HEC – a governing body for higher education has taken numerous ICT initiatives to provide advanced services to the education and research communities in Pakistan.

Microsoft is investing $75 million globally, over three years, to increase access to computer-science education and bring the latest technologies and tools for all youth, especially the students and the deprived communities.

Microsoft’s Cloud suite Office 365 plays a significant role in enhancing collaboration, creativity and critical-thinking in the classroom. HEC also announced Microsoft’s Student Advantage Program which aims to provide free access to Windows 10 for more than 750,000 university students to help them benefit from the Windows 10 S. Windows 10 S is a specific configuration of Windows 10 Pro that offers a familiar, productive Windows experience that’s streamlined for security and performance. Windows 10 S was inspired by students and teachers and it’s the best Windows ever for schools.

Prof. Dr. Fareed Abid – Vice Chancellor University of Haripur started the proceedings with a warm welcome extended to all the guests, and highlighted the role of HEC & Microsoft in Education, saying,

“The opportunities, this alliance opens up for students of our University are unparalleled, and I would encourage our faculty & students to make the most out of these engagements”.

Harb Bou-Harb – Senior Director, Education and Public-Sector Microsoft North Africa, East Mediterranean and Pakistan said,

“Microsoft believes that social development in today’s digital era largely depends on the scale of technology awareness among the youth. The Microsoft Academic Day is a part of our pursuit to nurture a tech-savvy mindset among the Pakistani youth.  Technological knowledge is the key to economic development in today’s world, that is why we are grooming and encouraging the youth to learn smart-computing skills.”

Professor Dr Mukhtar Ahmed – Chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan, while dilating on the prospect of a continuing endeavor in partnership with Microsoft said,

“We are striving to revolutionize Pakistan’s education system, and it is really heartening to see the enthusiastic response from all the stakeholders.”

He was delighted by the Student participation in Microsoft’s Certification program, announcing 300 free certification vouchers for the Students at Haripur.

As devices and technologies become more accessible and the capabilities grow – especially when laptops (2-in-1) are being distributed by HEC under the Prime Minister’s Laptops Scheme. Microsoft’s initiative seeks to enhance the understanding of students through effective training and briefings about the latest technologies.  It is closing the skills gap, to empower students in Pakistan to achieve more.

Both HEC and Microsoft are partnering with more and more educators, on their journey to redefine learning.  Core to their mission is the creation of immersive and inclusive learning experiences that inspire life-long learning.

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Now AIOU Students Can Apply for PM Laptop Scheme 2017-18

Now AIOU Students Can Apply for PM Laptop Scheme 2017-18


Sumera Saeed | November 1, 2017 | category: Education

Now AIOU Students Can Apply for PM Laptop Scheme 2017-18. Now the students of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) can apply for the PM Laptop Scheme 2017-18. The AIOU has recently declared that the students will be awarded with laptops under the new Prime Minister’s Youth Program.

The PM Laptop Scheme phase 4 and 5 will award the laptops to the eligible students, who fulfill the criteria set by the Higher Education Commission.

The last date of for applying the PM Laptop Scheme 2017-18 is 30th November.

If you are AIOU student and want to apply for the PM Laptop Scheme you can find here the complete details. For more details you can also visit HEC official website.

How to Register for PM Laptop Scheme 2017 (Phase 4)

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Jobs in The Higher Education Commission

Jobs in The Higher Education Commission


Sumera Saeed | October 19, 2017 | category: Government Jobs in Pakistan

Jobs in The Higher Education Commission

Job Titles:

  • Project Director
  • Project Coordinator
  • Project Director
  • Regional Coordinator
  • Project Manager
  • Project Accountant
  • Accounts Manager
  • Assistant Project Manager
  • Office Assistant

Location: Pakistan

Industry: Higher Education Commission

Positions: 11

Apply Before: 2nd November, 2017

Age Limit: 35 to 50 years

Minimum Qualification and Experience: mentioned on the advertisement

How to Apply?

You can apply for the Jobs in the Higher Education Commission by submitting your CV and academic credentials by the due date.

Phone: 051-90401415, 90401411

For additional details see the advertisement below:

Jobs in The Higher Education Commission

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Higher Education Commission Stops 4 Universities for Accepting Admissions


Sumera Saeed | July 24, 2017 | category: Education

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has stopped 4 universities in the multiple cities of Pakistan for accepting admissions. Students are advised not to take admission in the below mentioned 4 universities as the degrees of these universities will not be recognized by the HEC.

The four universities are:

  1. Imperial College of Business Studies, Lahore
  2. Global Institute, Lahore
  3. Al-Khair University, Azad Jammu & Kashmir
  4. Preston Institute of Management Sciences and Technology (PIMSAT), Karachi

In this regard Director General of HEC has issued an official notification on social media, declaring the suspension of these above mentioned 4 universities.  HEC has asked the students not to apply for the admissions in these universities and look for alternatives.

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The degrees from these universities will not be accepted by the Higher Education Commission. For complete information visit the hec.gov.pk/site/HEIs.

HEC has ended the NTC testing scheme for universities for testing and formed a new government body named “Education Testing Council” for conducting Undergraduate Entry Test for students seeking admissions after their 2nd year exams.

The entry test dates was declared at the beginning of July and 12th July was the last date which was later changed to 17th July to house more admissions.

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IBA-Karachi signs up as Knowledge Partner for 17th ITCN Asia Exhibition


Sumera Saeed | July 20, 2017 | category: Business

From its inception in 2001, ITCN Asia has evolved as the biggest IT & Telecom exhibition and conference in Pakistan and it is now being organized for the 16th consecutive year on 19th to 21st September 2017, at the Expo Centre in Karachi. Most powerful brands of the world will showcase their state-of-the-art products and services, which will allow the user-community to get exposure to a wide range of technologies and solutions under one roof.

The Institute of Business Administration – IBA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to become the “Knowledge Partner” for the 17th ITCN Asia 2017. This year’s event is expected to host more than 300 International and/ National Exhibitors, representing more than 350 Companies, that shall showcase 600+ Brands.

This series of International Conferences comprises of a 3-day annual event. This year, it will feature insightful sessions like: China Pakistan Economic Corridor-CPEC opportunities for the ICT sector of Pakistan. It will cover important topics like: Challenges of Digital Security for Media. It will feature discussions during; A Telecom Summit, a CEO’s forum for Pakistan Software Export Board – PSEB, a conference on Information Security, and a Summit on Start-up Asia.

More than 3,000 CXO’s from different verticals of the ICT industry are expected to witness this event, while a grand exhibition also enriches this annual event, organized by the E-commerce Gateway Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. Thus, ITCN Asia has catapulted the local IT and Telecom Industry, by attracting major enterprises from all over the world.

It is designed to create major opportunities for business-to-business alliances, leveraging their mutual strengths. It plays a pivotal role in strengthening the image of Pakistan on the IT Map of the world, to bring in huge foreign and local investments in the Country. Today, Pakistan’s IT sector has over 100 ISO certified companies, due to a continued focus on quality.

The industry also requires more competent Human Resources, with access to more Space and Bandwidth. There is a need for more Public Sector Development projects under which training programs, tailored to the specific needs of the Industry, can be implemented by the Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB). The Higher Education Commission has also created stronger Industry-Academia linkages, to improve the quality and knowledge of fresh IT graduates.  Software Technology Parks (STPs) are also being set up on a large scale, all over Pakistan. On the bandwidth front, Today, Pakistan has 3 separate submarine cables for International connectivity that provide much needed resilience to the data networks.

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HEC warns Students Not To Take Admission in Imperial College of Business Studies


Sumera Saeed | May 8, 2017 | category: Education

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has warned students not to take admission in Imperial College of Business Studies (ICBS), Lahore.

HEC has issued this notice by saying that the regulatory body observed serious irregularities and mismanagement in the institute’s academic operations.

According to HEC students, Parents and public should avoid taking admission in Imperial College of Business Studies. HEC has banned the operation of further admissions with effect from April 2017 onwards at all levels/degree programmers of ICBS Lahore. HEC said that if the college continues its operations, the degrees awarded from April, 2017, will not be recognized by it.

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For further information visit the Higher Education Official website here.

Microsoft & HEC bring the ‘Imagine Cup’ to Pakistani youth

Microsoft & HEC bring the ‘Imagine Cup’ to Pakistani youth


Sumera Saeed | April 26, 2017 | category: News

Microsoft and Higher Education Commission (HEC) collaborated to bring Microsoft’s Imagine Cup to Pakistan. It is the world’s most renowned technology competition for students. Started in 2003, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup is the ideal opportunity for the youthful innovators, from around the world, to give express their imagination, bring ideas to life and win $100,000.

Imagine Cup is held annually by Microsoft Corp., bringing together the young technologists to play their part in resolving some of the world’s toughest challenges. Not only a competition, imagine cup serves as a platform for teams to present their solutions to the world. All technology projects are welcome in this competition; it is no longer bound by categories.

HEC’s commitment to the academia and students is reflected as Microsoft drives the Imagine Cup to highlighted Pakistan’s position on the leader boards – Pakistan ranks as the TOP country in the Middle East and Africa cluster, with the highest number of project submissions and competitors in Imagine Cup. Pakistan also ranks 5th worldwide, in the same category.

In Pakistan, students from various universities participated enthusiastically, as the competition received an overwhelming response. A lot of remote and underprivileged areas were targeted in the drive for Imagine Cup, particularly Sahiwal, Mianwali, Khuzdar and Jamshoro. Students were initially evaluated in Regional finals, held in different cities and the best teams competed to win the National Finals. The evaluations for both Regional and National Finals were done according to the rules, regulations and criteria listed in 2017 Imagine Cup Competition.

The winning team of the Imagine Cup National Final from Pakistan was ‘Positive Zero’ from Bahria University, Karachi. The victory was announced during a grand ceremony. The team has built a Microsoft Azure cognitive service-based engine that helps in writing code through voice commands. The team will represent Pakistan in the advanced stages of the competition on a global scale.

The Director of Microsoft’s Enterprise & Partner Group Segment – Mr. Abid Zaidi commented on the occasion; “The link between education, attainment and economic growth has never been clearer. Around the world, the communities where educational excellence is a high priority, create the most economic opportunities. The foundation for sustainable economic growth for the future is being laid, through this initiative.”

The Country Head of Microsoft – Mr. Shahzad Aslam Khan stated: “Talent has no boundaries! Any student can derive great benefits from the Imagine Cup, as it provides world-class opportunities and support for the youth, nurturing their true potential and giving them a chance to do something extraordinary and accelerate growth”.

Director General IT – Mr. Anwar Amjad appreciated the event and commented that;

“The platform provided by HEC to the students is truly unique in as it promises valuable exposure that they need to take the next steps in Academic life, helping them with a successful transition into their professional careers.”

Executive Director at HEC – Dr. Arshad Ali stated that:

“HEC-Microsoft Strategic Education Alliance has contributed greatly in producing graduates, who are well-equipped and qualified, not only to handle the pressures of the practical world, but have the vision to carve their own avenues with a scientific approach, to tackle complex issues.”

The Chairman HEC – Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed expressed his happiness and said;

“We appreciate the valuable support of Microsoft in this initiative, as Higher Education Commission strives to nurture the students’ talents through this annual competition. This is a great way to evolve a rich and modern academic culture in Pakistan, as we integrate global advancements and cutting-edge tools to bring the domestic curriculum and learning at par with the leading universities of the world. Thus, we are empowering our students to contribute and compete in the global workforce”.

HEC to Discontinue Two Year BA and MA Degree programmes

HEC to Discontinue Two Year BA and MA Degree programmes


Sumera Saeed | March 18, 2017 | category: Education

HEC to Discontinue Two Year BA and MA Degree programmes

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) yesterday declared to discontinue the two-year bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Pakistan by the years 2018 and 2020, respectively.

In this regard the presently accessible 2-year BA/BSc and 2-year MA/MSc programmes will be phase out and bachelor degrees will be awarded to students after four years or eight semesters of studies.

The Higher Education Commission has issued notification to all universities across Pakistan. The notification showed that the verdict was made after detailed negotiation. The notification revealed that no university in the country will offer 2 years BA, BSc, MA and MSc degree after the years 2018 and 2020 respectively.

After employment of notification, B.A would be equal to 16 years of education and M.A would be equal to 18 years of education.

Though, if a student chooses to departure after two years, he/she will be awarded with a two-year Associate Degree.

On the other hand the Punjab education commission has refused to obey the order.

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HEC and Microsoft bring Imagine Cup to Pakistan

HEC and Microsoft bring Imagine Cup to Pakistan


Sumera Saeed | March 11, 2017 | category: Mobile Phones

HEC and Microsoft bring Imagine Cup to Pakistan

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Microsoft are to bring the Imagine Cup to Pakistan. The another edition of Imagine Cup will be the Technology competition in which student will unleash their abilities to form an applications that  outline how we live, work and play.

Moreover the winners of Imagine Cup Pakistan will get the $100,000 prize money with a chance to access the world for providing the best software solutions.

The Imagine Cup Technology competition includes two levels as follows:

  1. The students will first contest at the provincial level.
  2. Later they will be eligible for the national level.

The both levels of Imagine Cup Technology competition by HEC and Microsoft will be judge by the academicians and Industry experts.

How to Participate?

  • For all the projects the students require Microsoft Azure.
  • Make or join an Imagine Cup team.
  • Each team includes three students.
  • The applicant can generate a team at his/her profile page.
  • Submit the assignment and check the status of the entry at your Account page.

HEC and Microsoft bring Imagine Cup to Pakistan

In 2003 Microsoft had introduced the imagine cup in Pakistan.

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HEC Demands Lecturers Should Have 18 Years of Education

HEC Demands Lecturers Should Have 18 Years of Education


Sumera Saeed | March 7, 2017 | category: Education

HEC Demands Lecturers Should Have 18 Years of Education

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has implemented a new rule in which the appointed Lecturers should have 18 years of education.  In this regard the HEC has directed the universities and degree awarding institutions to make it sure that the new appointment of Lecturers according to the commissions’ rule and the minimum qualification should be of 18 years of education.

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has issued a letter to Vice Chancellors and Rectors for the implementation of the commission’s direction till 30th June, 2017. The newly appointed Lecturer should be MPhil / MS or equivalent degree i.e. 18 years, or Masters from a foreign University.

Furthermore, HEC has also prolonged the cut-off date for levitation least requirement of Assistant Professors in universities/degree awarding organizations to the level of PhD, to 1st January, 2018.

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NO More NTS: HEC introduces Education Testing Council

NO More NTS: HEC introduces Education Testing Council


Sumera Saeed | January 27, 2017 | category: Education

NO More NTS: HEC introduces Education Testing Council

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has officially launched the country’s first government testing form named Education Testing Council (ETC).

Under the Education Testing Council (ETC) system people will have the entrance exams for admission to academic degree programmes in higher education institutions as well as for scholarships and employment in national and international organizations.

The chairman HEC will be the competent authority of the ETC and other members include four vice chancellors from public sector universities, two vice chancellors from private sector universities, two officers of the HEC, two members of the civil or corporate society among other officials.

The ETC will be responsible for conducting tests and examinations in a standardised, fair and transparent manner.  The ETC Council will be independent, professional and resourceful and prescribe detailed terms of reference, rules and regulations for its operations within six months from its official launch. Moreover the ETC will conduct the free standardised tests for university admissions and government will bear the cost of test.

It is important to mention here that National Testing Service (NTS) was earlier responsible to conduct recruitment tests for universities, private and public institutions as well as courts of law and security agencies.

The Lahore High Court (LHC) in March 2014 has declared NTS illegal and directed the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to come forward with a proper channel under the government system. Obeying with the court’s orders, the higher Education Commission decided to form the Education Testing Council (ETC) and officially launched it on 25th January, 2017.

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HEC and OGDCL to Sponsor 260 Need-cum-Merit Based Scholarships to Students of Different Universities

HEC and OGDCL to Sponsor 260 Need-cum-Merit Based Scholarships to Students of Different Universities


Sumera Saeed | December 21, 2016 | category: Education

HEC and OGDCL to Sponsor 260 Need-cum-Merit Based Scholarships to Students of Different Universities

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Pakistan and Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) in order to provide 260 scholarships to the students of different universities under need-cum-merit based scholarships.

The MoU ceremony was attended by Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC, Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director HEC and Zahid Mir, Managing Director OGDCL.

Nearly 13o scholarships will be attributed to Engineering students while the rest of scholarships will be granted to students from different disciplines. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that more than 70 scholarships will be given to vocational training of poverty-stricken students under another MoU later signed between the OGDCL and the Hunar Foundation.

The fund worth Rs. 141 million is to be spent in order to bestow the scholarships to students, he added.

Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, while addressing to media about HEC initiatives for human resource development, said that key to all problems prevailing in the country lies in promotion of education. He said since the launch of HEC in 2002, more than 200000 scholarships have been awarded.

On the other hand Zahid Mir has underlined the noticeable features of the scholarship programme. He said the OGDCL intended to use one percent of their pre tax profit on their CSR initiatives.

He also said that it is hoped that the current scholarship programme will be of a great worth just like the organization’s scholarship programme last year which made tremendous results.

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