Frequently Asked Questions For Recognition of Foreign Qualifications in Pakistan

Section 1: How to Apply?

1.      How can I apply for recognition of foreign degree/Foreign Equivalence?

            Filling of online application form available at http://des.hec.gov.pk

2.      What documents are required for recognition of Foreign degrees?

  • Printed Application Form
  • Copy of degree for which equivalence is required (other than English Version, its translation from concerned University/Embassy or NUML)
  • Copy of Year-wise Transcript or Diploma Supplement or Graduation Statement/Record of study indicating date of admission and completion of degree (other than English Version, its translation from concerned University/Embassy or NUML)
  • Copy of passport indicating main bio-data page, visa, entry and exit in respective country for study duration only.
  • Copy of CNIC
  • Affidavit in Original

Please only send the degree/diploma for which equivalence is required. Do not attach previous qualifications including Secondary/High School Certificate (Matric/Intermediate) etc

3.      Is it mandatory to submit Original Affidavit?                               

Yes, it is mandatory to submit Affidavit in original. Applicant's signature on "Declaration by the applicant" on application form is also mandatory, failing to do so may get your application rejected.

4.      Where can I get the sample draft for affidavit?    

It is available on HEC website:

For on campus/face to face classes: https://www.hec.gov.pk/english/services/students/Equivalence%20Degree%20Issuance/Documents/Affidavit%20(face%20to%20face%20classes).pdf

For online classes: https://www.hec.gov.pk/english/services/students/Equivalence%20Degree%20Issuance/Documents/Affidavit%20for%20online%20degrees.pdf

 Please print the above mentioned draft (as per your respective degree mode of education i.e. On-campus or online) on a duly notarized stamp paper having value of Rs. 20/-or above.

5.      I am submitting Affidavit (in original) along with copies of other documents. Do I need to send my original documents as well?      

No

6.      Where should I post/ send my application along with documents?

Applications along with required documents as mentioned on FAQ#2 must be posted to

Foreign Equivalence Section,

A&A Division,

Higher Education Commission, H-9, Islamabad.

7.      What is the fee for foreign degree/diploma equivalence?

Rs. 5000/- for each degree/diploma (non-refundable) and does not include the verification fee charged by some universities at abroad.

8.      How can I pay the fee Challan?      

Go to the nearest Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Branch and pay the fee through challan form generated with the Application.

9.      Do I need an appointment/visit to submit my documents at HEC for equivalence?      

No. Applications along with required documents must be posted to "Foreign Equivalence Section, A&A Division, Higher Education Commission, H-9, Islamabad".

10.  I have already paid the application fee in HBL but TCS also demanding the same. What should I do?

There is no need to pay the amount to TCS. Fee paid through challan form only is acceptable.


SECTION 2: DEGREE VERIFICATION

11.  What are the requirements for final Equivalence letter?

As per policy, it is mandatory for the applicants to provide verification on genuineness of their degrees from respective foreign universities directly to HEC for receiving equivalence letter of their foreign degrees.

The verification of foreign degrees can be provided to HEC via

An email from university directly addressed to HEC at fe-degree-verification@hec.gov.pk

            OR

Through a sealed envelope from the university

            OR

Direct fax from university to +9251-90400902

            OR

Retrieval of online verification from University website

            OR

Verification letter from Embassy (country of awarding university) addressed directly to HEC in a sealed envelope.

12.  My university is asking for verification fee, is it included in the required fee? i.e. Rs. 5000/-   

No, Rs. 5000 is the processing fee for each degree/diploma/certificate and does not include the verification fee charged by the university. Any other fee if required by University will be borne by applicant and can be paid directly to university.

13.  My graduation information is available online on university's website, is it acceptable?          

Yes.

14.  I received the verification letter in sealed envelope, but I mistakenly opened it. Is it acceptable?                                             

No. letter is void, once seal is broken.

 

SECTION 3: GENERAL QUERIES

15.  I am not qualified for the award and unable to complete the education abroad and wish to continue the same in any Pakistani chartered university. Does HEC recognize incomplete qualification?                      

No, HEC do not recognize an incomplete qualification, rather one can get "University Recognition Status letter" and submit to the admitting university.

16.  What is the procedure for university status letter and what is the fee?  

Please write an application to DG (A&A), HEC H-9 Islamabad along with the proof of foreign qualification. There is no fee for this letter.

17.  How may I know the status of my application?    

After receipt of hard copy of application along with all required documents, applicant receives system generated emails at each stage of application process.

18.  Which courier services do HEC use for sending "Equivalence Letter"?

Currently, TCS.

19.  Can I collect my equivalence letter by hand?        

No, Final equivalence letter will be posted to your address.

20.  I have received the Equivalence letter but it does not mention my CGPA/grades. What should I do?

HEC determines only the level of education.

21.  I want to apply for the admission in foreign university, how can I confirm the recognition status of the university by HEC?

To confirm the accreditation/recognition status of the university please search the required university on following website https://whed.net/results_institutions.php. In addition to this, it is mandatory that the university must be recognized by the government of respective country.

22.  Which Foreign Institutions are allowed to operate in Pakistan? 

Please see the list of approved institutions in Pakistan offering degrees with foreign collaborations at https://www.hec.gov.pk/english/universities/Pages/Foreign-Collaboration-Institutions.aspx

23.  I want to get online education from a foreign chartered university, will HEC recognize that?

HEC Policy on Distance /Virtual / On-line Education offered by the foreign Universities:

The issue regarding granting recognition to degrees awarded by the foreign universities through distance/ virtual/ online mode of study was discussed during 1st and 2nd Meeting of the HEC Equivalence and Accreditation Committee. The committee after long discussion finalized following policy for recognition of degrees awarded through virtual/online distance learning mode of study:

  • A university/institution accredited/chartered by a body which is recognized by the Higher Education Commission,

           And

  • The university/institution has both on campus and distance education programs,
    And
  • The degrees granted by the university/institution to students studying on campus or through distance education are indistinguishable.

In such cases both degrees will be treated at par"

24.  I have lost my Equivalence Letter. How can I get another copy of the same and what is the fee?

Please write an application addressed to the DG (AnA) stating all the details(Full name, application ID, CNIC etc) and attach copy of equivalence letter as well (if available) and send to HEC, H-9 Islamabad along with Duplicate Equivalence letter fee i.e. Rs. 500/- paid in HEC HBL account No. 17427900133401 (non-refundable)

25.  My PhD degree title is different than my actual subject/research area or previous qualifications. Can HEC change the title of degrees?       

Please lodge your ticket at onlinehelp.hec.gov.pk in this regard.

SECTION 4: LOGIN ISSUES

26.  I am unable to login to my account, what should I do?    

Register complaint at https://onlinehelp.hec.gov.pk/

27.  I haven't created my account but it says your account is already registered but when I try "Forget password option", it says your account is not registered. What should I do?    

Register complaint at https://onlinehelp.hec.gov.pk/

28.  My university is not available into this list, what should I do?     

To confirm the status of the university, please put up a query at https://onlinehelp.hec.gov.pk/

29.  My degree program is not available in the list, what should I do?          

Please choose the most relevant from available list of options in drop down list and do not write in "others tab", otherwise your application will not move further.

30.  My application is not moving to step 3, what should I do?           

Please make sure to select most relevant option from available options in drop down list and do not fill the boxes titled as "Others" or write on your own then it will move to step 3. If issue persists, register complaint at https://onlinehelp.hec.gov.pk/

31.  At step 3, when I click next, the page shows error.           

Please make sure to tick mark the degree for which equivalence is required.

32.  What is the university/ies email required at 3rd step?        

Please browse your university's website in this regard.

33.  My degree does not have GPA or Percentage, what should I write in the GPA box required in the application form?         

It is not mandatory, just write the most appropriate number awarded to you in your degree/diploma.

34.  I want to change my registered email, what should I do?

      Register complaint at https://onlinehelp.hec.gov.pk/

35.  I want to change my registered address, what should I do?        

Register complaint at https://onlinehelp.hec.gov.pk/

 

For more queries, please lodge ticket at https://onlinehelp.hec.gov.pk/