Higher Education Commission (HEC) has barred all affiliated universities from awarding PhD degrees to students against the prescribed criteria.
HEC passed this order in a letter issued on December 3 to all the universities.
In the notification, the commission has observed that some universities were going against the prescribed “Minimum Criteria for Admission in MS/MPhil and PhD or Equivalent Programs” in awarding of PhD degrees to the students.
The document maintains that these students face difficulty at the time of degree verification.
“Despite the guidelines, it has been observed that some universities are awarding PhD degrees in violation of HEC prescribed rules. This creates a problem for degree holders at the time of degree verification. Therefore, a policy to stop the award of degrees in violation of rules has been approved by HEC Competent Authority, attached as Annexure-II. All universities are at this moment advised to adopt this policy and widely circulate among concerned offices, PhD departments, faculty and students for information/implementation.”
The notification mentions that a new policy has been made to stop the ‘violation of rules’ and asked all universities to adopt the new policy for future degree programs.
The document further intimated that only HEC approved Supervisors shall be allowed to supervise PhD students’ theses.
All the non-approved Supervisors, who are currently supervising any thesis may continue to do so until 30th June 2019.
“But no thesis will be assigned to HEC non-approved supervisor after the deadline,” the notification mentions.