Services for Universities
As HEC we offer a number of services designed especially for universities, simply select one form the list below to find out more.



Business Incubation Centers in Public Sector UniversitiesBusiness Incubation Centers in Public Sector Universities<p>​<strong>BUSINESS INCUBATION CENTRES</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The HEC supports the establishment of Business Incubation Centre's (BIC) in public sector universities to provide basic infrastructure and allied facilities for researchers and young entrepreneurs who are interested in developing early-stage business ventures. A business incubator's main goal is to produce successful firms that will leave the program financially viable and freestanding. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Business Incubators are companies which support new and startup companies in their initial development stage by providing an array of targeted resources and services. These services are developed or arranged by the business incubator and offered by it directly or through its network of contacts. Graduates of the business incubator programme create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, commercialize new technologies, and strengthen local and national economies. Instead of creating job seekers we are turning new graduates into job providers. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">So far Twenty Business Incubation Centers have been established at National University of Science and Technology; COMSATS Institute of Information Technology; University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar; University of Agriculture, Faisalabad; University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore; Sukkur Institute of Business Administration; Quaid-e-Azam University; Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad; Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering, and Management Sciences, Quetta; University of Malakand; Gomal University of D. I. Khan; University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore; Sindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam; University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir; University of Gujrat; NED University of Engineering and Technology; Karakoram University; Abdul Wali Khan University of Mardan; Government College University Faisalabad; and University of Haripur. ​</p><p><strong><br></strong></p>05-08-2016 07:32:02<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-05.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Associate Degree ProgrammeAssociate Degree Programme<p style="text-align:justify;">​The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad has approved the launch of 2-year Associate Degree Programme to be offered by the Public & Private Universities/Degree Awarding Institutions.  The Associate degree is designed to help prepare professionals in disciplines of immediate application and relevance to the market. It is equivalent to a Bachelor (Pass) degree.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>​Guidelines for Associate Degree Programme</strong> </p><ul style="list-style-type:square;text-align:justify;"><li>Universities/Degree Awarding Institutes (DAIs) intending to launch Associate Degree programme will be registered with the Commission and an updated web page with recognized degree programmes will be maintained by HEC.  </li><li>Admission requirement for Associate Degree shall be Intermediate/12-year schooling or equivalent. It shall be awarded upon completing 65-68 credit hours in a four semesters/two years programme which will be offered through specially designated campuses / constituent colleges of the Universities and not on the main or principal campus of the University/Institution. </li><li>The degree shall be considered as equal to 14-year Bachelor (Pass) degree.</li><li>The degree shall not be offered to students enrolled for BS programme at the main campus of the University/Institution and, hence, shall not be an exit path for these students.</li><li>Students enrolled for Associate Degree Programme may undertake BS programme seeking admission in 5<sup>th</sup> semester of the programme, if allowed by the University. </li></ul><div style="text-align:justify;"><a href=""><strong></strong></a><a href="/english/services/universities/adp/Documents/AssociateDegreeBooklet.pdf">Booklet for Associate Degree Programme ​​</a><br></div>05-08-2016 06:59:17<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-11.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Grant for Repair and Maintenance of Scientific EquipmentGrant for Repair and Maintenance of Scientific Equipment<p>​</p><p>Cutting edge research in the higher education sector requires state-of-the art facilities. To ensure that Pakistan's universities have access to the best laboratory equipment and research services, the Higher Education Commission has instituted a special grant program. Under this program, funds are provided to eligible public sector universities and degree awarding institutions for repair and maintenance of scientific equipment. </p><p>The grants range from Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 1,000,000 per award and applications for this purpose are entertained throughout the year.</p>​04-08-2016 09:41:45<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-08.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Institutional Strengthening Grant for Upgrading Laboratories and LibrariesInstitutional Strengthening Grant for Upgrading Laboratories and Libraries<p style="text-align:justify;">​The Institutional Strengthening is aimed to strengthen and up-grade the existing Laboratories and Libraries of recognized public sector Universities/Degree Awarding Institutions and recognized campuses. The science and technology is one of the most important aspect of a viable higher education infrastructure. Majority of the Institutions in Pakistan lack institutional and human resource capacities to involve in meaningful research and development and there is an urgent need to strengthen and upgrade scientific institution in Pakistan.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Objectives:</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The objective of this program is to support higher education institutions by giving grants of maximum 3.00 Million to upgrade their existing <span style="background-color:transparent;color:inherit;">laboratories and libraries in order to conduct research work in different fields. The grant will be used for the purchase of small to medium </span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:inherit;">sized scientific equipment, library material on the basis of strong justification and cost-benefit analysis. Institutions with good track record, </span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:inherit;">clearly defined objectives and adequate human resources can benefit from this scheme.</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:inherit;">​</span></p><p></p>01-07-2016 10:06:42<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-03.png" width="272" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Pakistan – United States Science and Technology Cooperation ProgramPakistan – United States Science and Technology Cooperation Program<p><strong>​Pr</strong><strong>o</strong><strong>p</strong><strong>o</strong><strong>sal</strong><strong> </strong><strong>s</strong><strong>u</strong><strong>bm</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>ss</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>o</strong><strong>n </strong><strong>de</strong><strong>ad</strong><strong>li</strong><strong>n</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>:</strong><strong> </strong><strong>Fr</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>d</strong><strong>a</strong><strong>y</strong><strong>, Ja</strong><strong>n</strong><strong>u</strong><strong>ary</strong><strong> </strong><strong>13,</strong><strong> </strong><strong>2017, </strong><strong>6</strong><strong>:</strong><strong>0</strong><strong>0 pm </strong><strong>ES</strong><strong>T </strong><strong>(</strong><strong>Wa</strong><strong>s</strong><strong>hing</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>o</strong><strong>n</strong><strong>,</strong><strong> </strong><strong>D</strong><strong>C </strong><strong>ti</strong><strong>me) Per</strong><strong>f</strong><strong>or</strong><strong>m</strong><strong>a</strong><strong>n</strong><strong>ce </strong><strong>p</strong><strong>er</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>o</strong><strong>d</strong><strong>:</strong><strong> </strong>1 – 3 years (all projects must end by August 30, 2020)</p><p><strong>M</strong><strong>a</strong><strong>x</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>mum</strong><strong> </strong><strong>F</strong><strong>u</strong><strong>n</strong><strong>d</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>n</strong><strong>g</strong><strong>: </strong><strong> </strong>$ 500,000 (combined Pakistan – U.S)</p><p>​<a href=""><img src="/english/services/universities/Pak-Us-stcp/PublishingImages/images.png" class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="" style="margin:5px 210px;width:180px;height:108px;" /></a><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">(please submit only one, jointly developed application)​</p><p><strong>​</strong></p><p><strong style="background-color:transparent;color:inherit;">Synopsis of Program and Background</strong><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">In 2003, the Governments of Pakistan and the United States signed a comprehensive Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement that established a framework to increase cooperation in science, technology, engineering and education for mutual benefit and peaceful purposes between the science and education communities in both countries. In 2005, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joined with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan to support the joint Pakistan-United States Science and Technology Cooperation Program. Beginning in 2008, the United States Department of State (DoS) joined USAID as a U.S. co-sponsor of the program.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">This program is implemented by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in the U.S. and by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in Pakistan. It is intended to increase the strength and breadth of cooperation and linkages between Pakistani scientists and institutions with counterparts in the United States. Within NAS, the Pakistan - U.S. Science and Technology Cooperation Program is administered by the Development, Security, and Cooperation unit in the Policy and Global Affairs Division. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Program Objectives:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Projects funded under this solicitation should contribute to building research capacity in Pakistan while strengthening U.S. - Pakistan cooperative relationships in one or more of the following ways: </p><ul style="text-align:justify;"><li>Enhancing the ability of the science an<span style="background-color:transparent;color:inherit;">d technology community to spur human and economic development in Pakistan.</span><br></li><li>Improving the quality, relevance, or capacity of education and research at Pakistani institutions of higher education in science and technical fields. <br></li><li>​Improving the capacity of Pakistani research institutions to support industry competitiveness.<br></li></ul>24-11-2016 06:45:10<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-14.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
PhD Review CommitteePhD Review Committee<div style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="X-NONE">Higher Education plays a vital role in the socio economic development of the country and HEC considers the capacity building of the Degree Awarding Institutions as pivotal for the purpose. Hence, quality of PhD researchers/educators produced is the backbone for the development of Quality Education in the institutions of Higher Learning. To ensure the quality of doctorate level education, HEC took the initiative of starting PhD Progress Review Process. The PhD Review Committee has so far completed three cycles to assess the programs at PhD level in 2005, 2007 and 2012 throughout the institutions of the country.</span> <span lang="X-NONE"> </span></div><div style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="X-NONE"><br></span></div><div style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="X-NONE">Considering the importance of external quality assurance mechanism for Ph.D. Programs, the Quality Assurance Agency, HEC in consultation with existing Ph.D. Review Committee members revised the entire review process.</span></div><div style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="X-NONE"><br></span></div><span lang="X-NONE"></span><div style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="X-NONE">The fourth cycle of the Ph.D. Program Review visits is in process. The newly designed proforma (checklist) are circulated, before the actual visit of the review committee to all the DAIs that are offering Ph.D. Programs for gathering data pertaining to Ph.D. Scholars. The Review process of Ph.D. program will be conducted on the basis of data provided by the DAIs.</span></div><div style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="X-NONE"><br></span></div><div style="text-align:justify;">The Competent Authority constitutes a PhD Review Committee comprising of eminent educationists to determine the implementation status of the laid down criteria. It was decided that assessment of MPhil/ PhD programs on a regular basis be continued in order to ensure the quality of programs. For this purpose base line data collection and review visits of universities are undertaken. In order to accelerate the review process, four review committees are functioning. These have been mandated by the Competent Authority HEC to conduct review of higher degree programs of both public and private sector universities in the regions of </div><div style="text-align:justify;">(1) KPK & Balochistan, </div><div style="text-align:justify;">(2)Islamabad and Azad Jammu Kashmir and Gilgit  </div><div style="text-align:justify;">(3) Punjab</div><div style="text-align:justify;">(4) Sindh. </div><br>01-07-2016 08:36:20<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-12.png" width="300" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Social Integration Outreach ProgramSocial Integration Outreach Program<p style="text-align:justify;"><span>Higher Education Commission since its inception provides guidance and support to the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) regarding their mission and goals. Which keeps on changing to accommodate global challenges, arises in the role of HEIs. As HEIs previously kept their focus on providing knowledge and education only to those who enters in their premises to acquire learning. HEIs role is fast changing from access to quality and from quality to relevance and now according to new role, HEIs/Universities are pushed to impact community and economy as to pay back to their country.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span></span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:inherit;">T</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:inherit;">his specific program is designed to push universities/HEIs to integrate their research and teaching activities to address local issues, by community involvement, to provide on ground solutions. Through this program HEIs/Universities will provide a platform to the local community, in radius of each campus, where problem identification, development and execution of policies will be carried out.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span><b></b></span> </p>24-08-2016 10:56:50<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-07.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Visiting Scholars ProgramVisiting Scholars Program<p style="text-align:justify;">​​This program intends to provide an opportunity for sharing of expertise and knowledge by the public sector universities/ Degree Awarding Institutes with learned expatriates or foreign scholar from a reputed universities/ research organization abroad. This can be achieved by way of engaging Visiting Scholars in the following: </p><ol style="text-align:justify;"><li>Graduate teaching and collaborative research. <br></li><li>Conducting workshops, seminars and other thematic informal teaching. <br></li><li>Supervising and advising on a specific research techniques to advanced PhD students, and /or faculty. <br></li><li>To assist in establishing laboratories in new and emerging disciplines.<span style="background-color:transparent;color:inherit;"> </span><br></li><li>​Short courses in such discipline where local expertise is not available <br></li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;"></p>13-12-2016 10:42:41<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-14.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Curriculum RevisionCurriculum Revision<p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>​​​​​National Curriculum Revision Committee (NCRC) Process</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Under Section 3, Sub-section (1) of the Federal Supervision of Curricula Textbooks and Maintenance of Standards of Education Act 1976, the Government of Pakistan has appointed the HEC to oversee curriculum revision. ​​</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="color:inherit;background-color:transparent;">The curriculum revision work relates to Class XII at the bachelor's level and onwards regarding all degrees, certificates and diplomas awarded by institutions of higher education. The HEC may at any time choose to advise the chancellor of an institution on its statutes and regulations.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Based on the decision of the 44th Vice-Chancellors Committee to review the curriculum of each subject every three years, the HEC regularly collaborates with universities on curriculum revision. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">To facilitate these changes, committees comprising senior academics nominated by the universities are established at the national level. If required, teachers from local degree colleges and experts from user organizations can also be included in the committees.</p><ul style="text-align:justify;"><li><a href="/english/services/universities/cr/Documents/Proforma-NCRC.pdf">Proforma for Constitution of NCRC​</a><br></li><li><a href="/english/services/universities/cr/Documents/Draft%20SOPs%20for%20Curriculum%20Revision.pdf">Draft SOPs for Curriculum Revision</a><span style="color:inherit;background-color:transparent;"> </span><br></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><br><strong>Steps Involved in Curriculum Review/Revision Process</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The curriculum review and revision process has been divided in two phases:</p><p style="text-align:justify;">PHASE - I: Curricula under consideration </p><p style="text-align:justify;">PHASE - II: Circulation of the draft curriculum</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Details of steps involved in the said process under each phase is as follows:</p><p style="text-align:justify;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>PHASE – I:  Curricula under consideration</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Step – I:</strong> <strong>Constitution of NCRC in the subject</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Vice Chancellors of all public and private sector universities, R&D organizations, Directorate of colleges and industries in relation to the subject under consideration, requested to nominate their representatives, for appointment as member of National Curriculum Review Committee (NCRC). </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Step –II: Assessment/Analysis of the existing curriculum</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The existing curricula are circulated amongst the members of NCRC to discuss it with their colleagues and bring collective proposals for review and revision of existing curricula in relation to:</p><p style="text-align:justify;">a)   Learning Outcomes (of teaching the subject)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">b)   Scheme of studies</p><p style="text-align:justify;">c)   Course-content</p><p style="text-align:justify;">d)   Weightage</p><p style="text-align:justify;">e)   Reading materials</p><p style="text-align:justify;">f)   Teaching strategies</p><p style="text-align:justify;">g)   Methods of evaluation. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In this way participation of maximum number of subject experts is ensured. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Step – III: NCRC Meeting-I: Draft Preparation</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The first meeting of the NCRC is organized at the HEC Headquarter Islamabad or one of its Regional Centers at Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi. During this meeting maximum local input could be made available in the exercise of revising a curriculum. Universities at different places may also be chosen to serve the purpose. The meeting which normally runs for three consecutive days comes up with a draft of the revised curricula, after detailed discussion and deliberation on the proposals prepared by the NCRC members. </p><p style="text-align:justify;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>PHASE – II: Circulation of the Draft Curriculum</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Step – I:</strong> <strong>Appraisal of the first draft</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The first draft prepared is circulated amongst the local as well expatriate Pakistani experts, universities, institutions and organization soliciting their views for its further improvement. The view/recommendations collected on the first draft curriculum were deliberated upon to design and finalize the curriculum of specific subject of study in a final meeting. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Step – II:</strong> <strong>NCRC meeting-II - Finalization of draft</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The second meeting of the NCRC is held ​​to finalize the draft of the revised curriculum in the light of comments/suggestions/ recommendations received from the college and university teachers and institutions all over the country.  The meeting would again take three days to finalize curriculum. The draft, so finalized, has expertise of all faculty members of the subject under consideration, who are directly or indirectly involved in this process. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Implementation</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The curricula designed is printed and sent to universities/institutions for its adoption/implementation after the approval of the Competent Authority.  </p>08-08-2016 04:05:57<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Knowledge Exchange InitiativesKnowledge Exchange Initiatives<p style="text-align:justify;">Universities can play a leading role in stimulating social and economic growth and contributing to new innovations in science and technology. Going beyond their core mission of teaching and research, universities can collaborate with businesses and civil society to create knowledge exchange initiatives. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">By opening communication and facilitating an exchange of ideas between different communities and institutions, knowledge exchange allows research to influence policy formulation and for academics to share ideas with business and government.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The HEC envisions a knowledge exchange initiative that involves a wide range of exchange mechanisms linking academics from all disciplines. Through this process, the HEC is attempting to create a free flow of knowledge across and within different sectors. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The knowledge exchange initiative involves the formulation of the first strategic plan of knowledge exchange for higher education, training for knowledge exchange teams, and for office of research and innovation. Additionally, it allows the HEC to tie university funding to achievements in the field of community, society and business interactions.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p><strong>Collaboration with British Council on Knowledge Exchange</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Higher Education Commission and the British Council have agreed to work for the promotion of knowledge Exchange. Through this collaboration, various activities will be initiated with the higher education institutions including:</p><p style="text-align:justify;">1.    KE National Strategy Development Support</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> The aim is to support HEC to develop a national strategy and five years strategic plan on higher education sector knowledge exchange (KE) Programme.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">2.    Leadership Grants</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> The Developing Institutional Strategy for Knowledge Exchange (DISKE) grants will embed the concept of KEx at the institutional level. The British Council and HEC will work with leaders (including the Vice Chancellor, Dean, Registrars and Head of Departments) in Pakistan Higher Education institution to develop KEx strategies in collaboration with their UK partner institutions and implement the strategy in their respective institutions. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">3.   ORIC Staff Training</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Development of a training program, initially through NUST, in partnership with a UK institution, leading to national roll-out through HEC.  Details of partnership to be refined as part of a tender exercise.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">4.    HEC Research Links</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Create a network of the UK and Pakistani partner institutions that specialize in a specific academic/industry sector. This network of Universities will showcase successful collaboration on knowledge exchange between universities and the business or social sector.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p>18-08-2016 09:42:04<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-05.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />



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