HEC shuts down 31 PhD, 26 MPhil programmes

Published: September 22, 2016
Chairman says universities failed to meet minimum quality criteria. PHOTO: FILE

Chairman says universities failed to meet minimum quality criteria. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has shut down 31 PhD and 26 MPhil programmes in a number of universities across the country for failing to meet the minimum quality criteria required by the higher education watchdog.

HEC chairperson Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, in a press conference, on Wednesday stated that the education commission’s Quality Assurance Agency swooped on institutes offering MS, MPhil and PhD programmes and restrained those found not meeting the quality yardstick.

Am I a qualified PhD if I paid someone else to write my thesis?

He also stated that work was underway for amendments to the HEC ordinance to empower the commission to penalise varsities, and those who were violating the rules and regulations.

Referring to the recent HEC visits to various public and private sector universities to assess quality of their programmes, he said that a total of 293 PhD programmes and 57 MPhil programmes of 171 universities had been reviewed. He revealed that 31 PhD and 26 MPhil programmes of different universities have been closed due to lack of fulfilment of minimum quality standards.

The chairperson said that HEC stopped further intake in 56 PhD and 10 MPhil programmes in various institutions for the same reason. “During the review process, HEC teams primarily assessed whether or not the universities were following the Act under which they are operating, are their statutory bodies in place, if they are abiding by structural guidelines, and if they are following a proper criteria for affiliations.”

Besides, according to the report, minor deficiencies were found in 21 MPhil programmes and some in 195 PhD programmes.

177 MPhil, PhD scholars fail to complete their degrees

The PhD programmes were closed of Iqra National University Peshawar, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Bahauddin Zakaraiya University Multan, Beaconhouse National University Lahore, National Defence University Islamabad and others.

Besides, as per the report, there were host of issues pertaining to governance in the varsities which included not holding selection boards, meeting of academic council, approval of admission policy etc from the statutory bodies etc.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 22nd, 2016.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • ammara
    Sep 22, 2016 - 2:02PM

    at least for NDU its very good decision, where people are awarded degrees not by their knowledge or study but by their badges on shoulders. all generals and brigadiers are getting degrees where as poor people like us study hours and hours and at the end of the day those having badges on shoulders tops the classes.If you are army man you will have no restriction but for civilians its like walking on burning coal. the administration treat us (civilians) as we are no one from planet next to earth Recommend

  • faizan ali
    Sep 22, 2016 - 7:06PM

    i have studied in NDU, and done master in IR, u r right administration grant privileges to force’s personals but i don’t agree that intelligent civilians are not appreciated much Recommend

  • M Daim Fazil
    Sep 22, 2016 - 9:37PM

    @Ammara well you are very right. I did M.Phil from NDU in 2010 & i had to tackle these ‘badge guys’. Speaking English with fluency must not be the degree awarding parameter instead depth of knowledge should be. I had the opportunity to do Phd from NDU but i didn’t opt that option just because of these badge guys. Recommend

  • mahmood
    Sep 23, 2016 - 4:36PM

    kindly share the list of universities to whom the PhD and MPhil programs are banned pleaseRecommend

  • DrBest
    Sep 23, 2016 - 5:20PM

    Really appreciated.
    There are many universities with sub-campuses having no or insufficient facilities for research. Many universities have started business … PhDs are granted without proper research.. HEC used to regularly upload the thesis of scholars on the research repository. However, the thesis of students who completed in the past few years are not uploaded and made publicly available. Recommend

  • Dr. Faheem Khan
    Sep 23, 2016 - 6:05PM

    Dear Chairman of HEC,

    As a HEC IPFP selected applicant I bring in your kind notice that some universities treat IPFP candidate as a Labour and fire them after completion one year tenure.

    HEC had better to take a seriouse action against such unavoidable situations.

    Kind Regards Recommend

  • Syed Imran
    Sep 24, 2016 - 1:26AM

    Very good decision for our country.
    In reality pakistan is only producing approximately 200 to 300 PHD in a year. While china and india is currently producing 30% of PHD out of total world phds each year.
    HEC also need to think . How to improve the quality and also quantity of PHD’s in pakistan.

    With best regards,Recommend

  • SaneVoice
    Sep 24, 2016 - 2:23AM

    Experience at NDU was the worst i have ever had at any university. Nepotism aside they don’t even give you respect and a guard with military uniform standing at the gate can harass you just for the sake that he has been given authority. I would request HEC to cancel NDU’s university status, till the time it’s admin learn to respect all students equally and not just military people.Recommend

  • T
    Sep 24, 2016 - 3:55AM

    Shocked to hear about this. NDU especially. Having had studied from NDU as well as universities abroad, I believe that NDU has truly kept its standards at par with top notch universities. As for those complaining, I believe it’s a case of sour grapes!Recommend

  • Gnome
    Sep 24, 2016 - 4:04AM

    Please do upload the information regarding MPhil at NDU.Recommend

  • Ata
    Sep 24, 2016 - 11:21AM

    Its a responsible gesture on the part of HEC. I strongly recommend that the HEC should also take notice of the level of lecturers who are teaching to the students of BBA and MBA classes. Should not there be requirement of teaching as well as few years of office experience to teach to MBAs.
    On one side some of universities consider students fr these programmes to take admission after some experience. Whereas on otherside, a student graduates nd next day starts teaching to MBA students. I believe this is one of the reason fr substandard knowledge of students graduating from such universities. The authority may look in to it as well.
    Qazi AtaRecommend

  • Imamudin Rahimoon
    Sep 24, 2016 - 6:05PM

    Good to see this but three names of those universities are included which were announced in world top ranking.Recommend

  • Syed Hashim
    Oct 11, 2016 - 2:23PM

    @aamara sorry to say but I don’t agree with you because my elder brother is student of NDU and Alhamdullilah his CGPA is 4.0 out of 4.0 and he is civilian. Remember there are few courses related to armed forces and defence strategies in which armed personals have already practical experience so that’s why in those fields they’ve some edge or you can say some advantage over us. Recommend

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