Recognizing Approved Supervisors for PhD Students
​Doctoral education aims to cultivate the research skills and knowledge necessary to undertake independent inquiries. Supervisors play an important role in this process, mentoring students about research trends, conduct, and guiding their academic careers in general.

The HEC Approved Supervisors program aims to assist PhD students in this regard by pairing them with qualified and experienced faculty members of HEC recognized universities, degree awarding institutions, and R&D organizations. PhD students funded under HEC in-country scholarship programs will work with HEC-approved supervisors for three years. 
  • HEC has revamped the entire process to become a 'HEC Approved Supervisor' from manual to online system. All PhD supervisors are required to register and fill profile again on HEC E-portal.
  • The Supervisors who have been approved by HEC before 30th November, 2013 will be required to apply again followed by postal copy of application form through proper channel. PhD degree HEC attested/Equivalence certificate must be forwarded along with the application form.
  • The Supervisors who have been approved by HEC after 1st December, 2013 will be required to just register online and create profile again at HEC E portal. They do not required to send the hard copy through proper channel at this stage.

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  • All new /existing PhD supervisors are required to forward the application for 'HEC Approved Supervisor' via HEC e-portal only followed by postal copy through proper channel within 30 days of finally online submission of application. In case of failure, the application will be rejected.
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  • The education tab at eportal is linked with (Pakistan Qualification Register (PQR). The respective academic degrees needs to be register by relevant university under HEC PQR program so that applicant can enter the data. In cases of not having data in education tab at e portal, it is therefore requested to please coordinate with your university Focal Person/ Registrar to register your degree program in Pakistan Qualification Register (PQR) in HEC. So that program may be included in the online portal.
  • Application has been designed based on eligibility criteria defined /approved to become  HEC Approved Supervisor, therefore, if any applicant is not eligible, the application process would not allow to proceed further. Therefore, it is required to read eligibility criteria carefully and fill the form accordingly.
  • It is expected that entire applicants will provide the online information true without any manipulation, in case of any misrepresentation found, HEC reserve the right to take stern action in this regard.