Services For Students
​​​​​​​​ As HEC we offer a number of services designed especially for students to help and support you throughout your academic studies, simply select one form the list below to find out more. ​



Equivalence Degree IssuanceEquivalence Degree Issuance<p>The accreditation of institutions, courses and degree programs has become increasingly challenging with increasing international collaboration in the fields of science and technology, as well as the increased mobility of students and scholars in the modern world.<br>In such a scenario, the equivalence of degrees and diplomas and their recognition pose complex issues for educational authorities. With the proliferation of degree-awarding institutions – both in the private and public sectors – and given the diversity of taught programs and disciplines, the comparability and method of recognition for degrees has become more confusing<br>Nevertheless, the HEC has evolved a procedure whereby it is able to meet these challenges and address all the complexities involved.​</p>13-07-2016 22:54:15<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-11.png" width="300" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Degree Issuance
PM's National Laptop SchemePM's National Laptop Scheme<p style="text-align:justify;"></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Prime Minister's Youth Program is a special initiative launched by the Government of Pakistan in 2013 for five (05) years. The Youth Program​ comprises of several schemes including Prime Minister's Interest Free Loan Scheme, Prime Minister's Youth Business Loans, Prime Minister's Youth Training Scheme, Prime Minister's Youth Skills Development Scheme, Prime Minister's Fee Reimbursement Scheme for Students from Less Developed Areas and Prime Minister's Laptops Scheme.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Prime Minister's Laptops Scheme is for Talented Students with the main objective of this scheme is an attempt to enhance the scope of research and quality education in the country and increase the access to information technology.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Objectives</strong></p><div style="text-align:justify;">Investment in youth not only has the highest rate-of-return (ROI), but has also been recognized as the best long-term investment for prosperous future of any nation, with a positive demographic dividend. Many large countries have transformed their challenge of big populations with high growth rate into opportunities to bolster their economies by empowering their youth with marketable skills. This realization by the government was the catalyst that crystalized the project to empower youth by giving them laptops for their academic and research activities.</div><div style="text-align:justify;"> </div><div style="text-align:justify;">Distribution of laptops is envisioned to bring a paradigm shift in the current education and research culture in the country. In this information age, personal computing devices, like a laptop, is a must especially for students at higher education level. Keeping this reality in consideration and realizing the limited number of laptops availability for the program, HEC preference is to give these laptops to those who is at the beginning of their academic years as to avail maximum benefits of this initiative.</div><div style="text-align:justify;"> </div><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><ul><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><li style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;line-height:normal;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;"><strong><span lang="EN" style="font-family:"lato regular";font-size:10.5pt;">Prime Minister's Laptop Scheme – Phase IV & V (2017)​</span></strong></li><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font></ul><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 7.5pt;text-align:justify;line-height:normal;"><span lang="EN" style="color:#5f5f5f;font-family:"lato regular";font-size:10.5pt;">​This scheme was launched in 2013-14 with a target to procure and distribute 100,000 laptops amongst the students studying in Pakistan and AJ&K. HEC was given the responsibility to devise the mechanism of distribution of 100,000 laptops after procurement through open competitive bidding.</span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;text-align:justify;line-height:normal;"><span lang="EN" style="color:#5f5f5f;font-family:"lato regular";font-size:10.5pt;">On the directives of the Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Government of Pakistan has initiated a national program for distribution of laptops to young and bright students studying in public sector higher education institutes (HEIs) across the country and Azad Jammu & Kashmir. The scheme is part of the Prime Minister's Youth Programs for FY2013-14. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan is the executing agency responsible for developing criteria, mechanism, modalities and a road map for procurement and distribution of laptops under this scheme.</span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;text-align:justify;line-height:normal;"><span lang="EN" style="color:#5f5f5f;font-family:"lato regular";font-size:10.5pt;">Similar to the past year, the scheme is conceived as a comprehensive ecosystem around the laptop instead of distributing "black boxes" to students. Ecosystem as envisaged around the laptop hardware for this project, consists of various co​mponents ranging from licensed/ genuine Windows 10 Operating System; Microsoft Office365 application software; Training opportunity at Microsoft IT Academy at respective university/ institutes; Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification voucher, 3G EVO Device; Access to HEC's National Digital Library using 3G/ 4G EVO Device and have oppertunity to take online cources from world renowned universities on subsidized rates through <a href=""></a>. These aspects will not only bring value to money but will create synergy with relevant industries, as well as help HEIs to provide state-of-the-art technologically enabled academic environment at par with HEIs in the developed world.</span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><ul style="margin-top:0in;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><li style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;line-height:normal;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;"><strong><span lang="EN" style="font-family:"lato regular";font-size:10.5pt;">Prime Minister's Laptop Scheme – Phase III (closed)</span></strong><span lang="EN" style="font-family:"lato regular";font-size:10.5pt;">​</span></li><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font></ul><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><ul style="margin-top:0in;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><li style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;text-align:justify;line-height:normal;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;"><strong><span lang="EN" style="font-family:"lato regular";font-size:10.5pt;">Prime Minister's Laptop Scheme – Phase II (closed)</span></strong></li><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font></ul><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><ul><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><li style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;text-align:justify;line-height:normal;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;"><strong><span lang="EN" style="font-family:"lato regular";font-size:10.5pt;">Prime Minister's Laptop Scheme – Phase I (closed)</span></strong></li><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font></ul><div style="text-align:justify;"><br> <a class="static menu-item ms-core-listMenu-item ms-displayInline ms-navedit-linkNode" href="/english/services/students/pmnls/Pages/Merit-list-ICT-FATA.aspx"><span class="additional-background ms-navedit-flyoutArrow"><span class="menu-item-text"><u><font color="#0066cc">Merit list of ICT & FATA (Provisional)</font></u></span></span></a></div><p></p>09-08-2016 06:43:33<img alt="" src="/english/services/students/pmnls/PublishingImages/Laptop.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Access to scientific instruments programAccess to scientific instruments program<p style="text-align:justify;">State-of-the-Art research equipment is critical to the development of scientific research in Pakistan's universities. However, the costs of acquiring and maintaining this equipment can be a major impediment. To address this, the Higher Education Commission has instituted the Access to Scientific Instrumentation Program (ASIP). Under this program, HEC provides financial support to the universities and R&D organizations for giving access to students of other HEIs to use their laboratories. </p><p><span><strong>Objectives:</strong> </span></p><ul><li>Providing financial support to scholars for their sample analysis through the latest scientific equipment</li><li>Providing financial support to institutions for providing services / opening their research facilities for the use of scholars from other HEIs. </li><li>Providing access to such facilities to promote research collaboration</li></ul><p><strong>Eligibility Criteria: </strong></p><ul><li>This program is open to postgraduate students (MS/MPhil/PhD and equivalent) enrolled in public sector universities recognized by HEC, and admitted as per HEC criteria</li><li>HEC Indigenous scholars are eligible subject to submitting proof of funds utilization, already provided to them under their scholarship </li><li>Faculty members are ineligible for this program </li></ul>13-07-2016 21:21:35<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-13.png" width="275" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> to scientific instruments program
Imagine Academy ProgramImagine Academy Program<p style="text-align:justify;">​HEC's Imagine Academy Initiative is a huge step towards the realization of HEC's vision of having an education system which produces graduates and scholars whose skills are certified against a singular scale, a scale recognized in every country around the globe. HEC & Microsoft is setting up and awarding status of Microsoft Imagine Academy to all private and public sector universities and Certiport Testing Center to all public sector universities across Pakistan and AJ&K.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Microsoft IT Academy program provides a complete IT education solution that bridges the world of education with the world of work. The program is designed to help drive employability, digital literacy, technical and STEM-focused training and certification, and 21st-century workforce development for students. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Providing benefits for students, educators, academic institutions and your community.</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Studies suggest that in the next 5 to 10 years there will be a significant shortage in the supply of skilled IT professionals. Microsoft Imagine Academy helps bridge the skills gap by providing institutions the curriculum for technology education and learning tools that will enable students and educators to achieve success. Membership is open to all accredited educational institutions of HEC and benefits include: </p><p> </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>Curriculum</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>Professional development</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><ul><li>Microsoft Official Academic Course (MOAC) teaching framework</li><li>Microsoft Online Learning curriculum</li><li>Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum</li><li>Ready-to-use, customizable lesson plans</li></ul><p> </p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>Guides and exam vouchers for Educators: -</p><ul><li>Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)</li><li>Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)</li><li>Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE)</li><li>Teaching with Technology Curriculum</li></ul></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Certification</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Resources and partnership</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><ul><li>Academic discounts on Certification exams</li><li>Validate students technology skills:</li><li>Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams</li><li>Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)</li><li>Microsoft Certifications Solutions Associate/ Expert (MCSA/MCSE)</li><li>Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) exams measure competency in the area of Information and Communication<br>Technologies (ICT)</li><li>Become a testing center and offer onsite exams</li></ul></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><ul><li>Microsoft Imagine Academy members website:</li><li>Program information, support materials and resources</li><li>Posters to promote Microsoft Imagine<br>Academy with students</li><li>Marketing materials, press kits and videos</li><li>Customizable, print-ready Certificate of Completion</li></ul><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table>17-08-2016 10:00:08<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-13.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Education Testing CouncilEducation Testing Council <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;">​​Higher Education Commission has established Education Testing Council (ETC) under which it will hold standardized entry tests from Fall 2017 admissions for public and private universities of Pakistan. The aim of constitution of ETC is to hold uniform, accessible and competitive assessment base for admissions to universities. The test under ETC will be free of cost for the students.<br></span></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:9%;">​<a href="/english/services/students/etc/Pages/ETC-Phase-I.aspx"><img src="/english/services/students/etc/PublishingImages/giphy.gif" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:64px;" /></a></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;">​<br><a href="/english/HECAnnouncements/Pages/P-Result-ETC-PII.aspx"><span class="ms-rteForeColor-2 ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong><strong><em><span style="font-family:helvetica, sans-serif;color:red;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-attachment:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;font-weight:normal;"><a href="/english/HECAnnouncements/Pages/ETC-Result-BolanMC.aspx"><strong><span style="color:red;">Result of the Entry Test held on 4</span></strong><strong><sup><span style="color:red;">th</span></sup></strong><strong><span style="color:red;"> Feb 2018 for Bolan Medical College is Announced</span></strong></a></span></em></strong>​</strong></span></a><br></td></tr></tbody></table><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Note: <br></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><strong></strong><strong> ""<br></strong></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><br></strong> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Downloads:</strong><br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span></span></p><p></p><ul><li>​<a href="/english/services/students/etc/Documents/How%20to%20register%20for%20Entry%20Test%20of%20ETC.pdf">ETC Registration User Guide</a></li><li><a href="/english/services/students/etc/Documents/Private-Public-Universities-ETC.pdf">List of Public and Private Sector Universities</a></li><li><a href="/english/HECAnnouncements/Documents/HAT/HAT-UG-PAPER-DISTRIBUTION.pdf">HAT Undergraduate Paper Distribution</a></li><li><a href="/english/HECAnnouncements/Documents/HAT/FAQs.pdf">Frequently Ask Questions </a></li></ul><br><span style="font-size:11.5pt;"></span><p></p>03-08-2017 08:47:08<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-11.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Science Talent Farming Scheme for Undergraduate ProgramScience Talent Farming Scheme for Undergraduate Program<p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>​​​</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4">Science Talent Farming Scheme (STFS) for Undergraduate Program-HEC</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Overview of the Scheme</strong></p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align:justify;">The Science Talent Farming Scheme for Undergraduate Program - HEC is a scholarship program to support four year bachelor level studies along with additional interventions to groom and capacity building of young students in Natural Sciences and Mathematics.  The scholarships are being offered in the disciplines of PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, BIOLOGY, MATHEMATICS.</div><br><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:justify;">The main theme of the scheme is that the scholars who have aptitude towards science and are outstanding in their studies could be productive scientists for future by developing their critical thinking skills. The intellectual capacity of Pakistani youth is not less than any other nation rather has more potential if enabling environment and resources are provided.  Following additional interventions shall be made along with formal education to groom the scholars under the scheme.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><em>Specialized Interventions</em></strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;text-align:justify;"><li>The scholars shall be provided laptop once during the studies for online access to the latest research in their respective fields. </li><li>A three to four months/Semester long non credit hour language course shall be arranged in the selected universities during the first year of studies for the scholars under the scheme to enhance their spoken and expression skills of English Language.</li><li>Every scholar shall appear in the IELTS/TOEFL examination conducted by relevant organizations periodically within six months' time period after the completion of English language course to measure his/her language proficiency. </li><li>A special summer semester shall be arranged for the scholars at participating universities to attend the lectures and to carryout research activities during the second year of study. Scholars shall be encouraged to design the proposal for the final year project. </li><li>One hundred outstanding scholars shall be sent abroad each year in the third year of their study to attend a semester at a high ranking foreign university of technologically advanced country in their respective field of study. </li><li>Research Project shall be mandatory for all Scholars in their final year of BS studies under the Science Talent Farming Scheme. The scholars are expected to start designing the research project in the second year of studies. The universities shall be asked to provide the lab facilities and supervision during the summer vacations.</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">NOTE: HEC reserves the right to select or reject any applicant and to postpone or cancel the scholarship process at any stage. <br></p><p></p>22-06-2017 05:36:17<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Declamation ContestDeclamation Contest<p style="text-align:justify;">​Higher Education Commission, Islamabad has undertaken a number of initiatives to promote  extra-curricular activities at university/DAI campuses including All Pakistan Inter-University Declamation Contest for Award of "Allama Iqbal Shield" as an annual activity with the objectives to:</p><ol style="list-style-type:lower-roman;text-align:justify;"><li><em>Enhance Public speaking skills and sparking healthy positive competition.</em></li><li><em>Develop understanding of socio-economic, cultural and political issues among the students all over Pakistan.</em></li><li><em>Divert energies of students towards healthy activities and creative thinking. </em></li><li><em>Encourage tolerance, non-violence, and respect for others opinion among the students.</em></li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;">The contest is first organized at the universities level wherein students from all the departments of all public & private universities and constituent colleges take part. 1st, 2nd and 3rd position holders at university level (each in English and Urdu) receive cash prizes of Rs.5,000/-, 3,000/- and 2,000/- respectively. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Second round is organized at Regional level in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar and Islamabad (for Federal, AJK, FATA/Gilgit-Baltistan, Universities). 1st , 2nd and 3rd position holders at regional level (each in English and Urdu) receive cash prizes of Rs.15,000/-, 10,000/- and 8,000/- respectively. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Three top scorers of both Urdu and English contest take part in Final/National Round organized in HEC </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad. The winners of the final competition both in Urdu and English are given the "Allama Iqbal Shield" and 1st , 2nd and 3rd position holders (each in English and Urdu) receive cash prizes of Rs.100,000/ ,75,000/- and 50,000/- respectively. For encouragement of students, every contestant is given a certificate and replica of the Shield.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Tentative schedule for holding the 20th All Pakistan Inter University Declamation Contest for Award of </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>"Allama Iqbal Shield" is as under:  </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">1. First Round (Intra-University Level) February 2018 – March 2018 </p><p style="text-align:justify;">2. Second Round (Regional/Provincial Level) July 2018 – August 2018 </p><p style="text-align:justify;">3. Final Round (National Level) September-2018  </p>08-11-2016 18:43:38<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />



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