The Higher Education Commission (HEC) offered that before applying for admission, students confirm that the university has a current no-objection certificate (NOC) to offer specific programmes.
The HEC listed the universities to whose NOCs were granted and stated that the programmes include MPhil, MS, equivalent, and PhD.
Since November 7, 2013, the HEC has mandated that all universities and higher education institutions (HEIs) get a NOC before beginning an MS/MPhil or similar programme and a PhD programme, according to official sources.
The commission further stated that the affiliating colleges or institutions are not permitted to provide the mentioned educational programmes.
Parents and prospective students are advised not to enrol in PhD and MPhil/MS programmes that are offered by universities, degree-granting institutions, or satellite campuses that operate without prior NOC from the HEC, as well as those that are offered and taught at any affiliated institutions or colleges, the statement continued.
The higher education administration has additionally warned that it will not acknowledge or certify degrees granted in breach of its regulations.