The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has announced a new policy that can affect students studying in affiliated colleges and universities.
Zia Ul-Qayyum, Executive Director of Pakistan’s top education regulator, released a notice that announced a stricter affiliation policy for both publicly and privately run colleges associated with universities and other educational establishments throughout the entire country.
In its Affiliation Policy 2024, HEC emphasized that no varsity or other institution can affiliate with government or private institutions without getting a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Commission.
It further stated that the regulator will conduct desk evaluations of the colleges and institutes that are currently associated to keep their affiliation. The strict regulation was put into effect, and HEC instructed universities to enter all necessary data for their current affiliated colleges on its official website.
It issued a warning that colleges and universities that violate affiliation policies may face disciplinary action. It said that the non-compliance may result in the Commission not attesting to the degrees.
According to the updated guidelines, colleges and universities are not permitted to attach new programs until after they have been offered for at least five years.
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