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HEC simplifies degree verification procedure

HEC simplifies degree verification procedure

ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has changed its standard operating process (SOP) for degree verification and from now onward it will scrutinise and attest degrees without asking the applicants to furnish educational certificates such as that of matric and intermediate.

According to a notification dated August 2, the HEC decided that every degree would be attested solely on merit i.e. whether it has been issued by a recognised institution and whether the institution has the legal authority to issue such a degree.

“Applicants for attestations will no longer be required to submit information about previous subsequent academic qualifications,” read the notification.

All degrees from HEC’s recognised institutions in subjects where they were authorised to issue such degrees and from campuses, colleges authorised to offer relevant programmes will be verified, attested and equated. However, degrees from unrecognised institutions or from unrecognised campuses or colleges or in unauthorised subjects will not be verified. All other formalities are to be adhered to as per the prevailing SOPs.

HEC spokesperson Ayesha Ikram said: “Our universities are supposed to have a filter before enrolling students. Our basic purpose is to facilitate students.”

She said the HEC-recognised universities had a proper system to check previous record of students.

“I don’t think there is any negative impact of this notification. Because of minor reasons such as spelling

mistakes on inter or matric certificates we used to refuse verification of degrees. Now we have removed such hurdles,” she said.

Published in Dawn, August 7th, 2018

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