All Universities Will Resume Classes From 1st June

According to the Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC), Dr. Tariq Banuri, HEC is devising different strategies to resume academic activities online for students countrywide affected by the closure of institutions in Pakistan due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Banuri said that HEC has already inked an agreement with telecom companies to offer special data bundles for students, especially those living in distant areas, at affordable prices.

The HEC is also mulling over providing Smartphones to students who cannot afford to buy one after reports emerged revealing that numerous students remained absent from online classes because they did not have a smartphone. Universities have been directed to provide HEC with the data of such students.

Regarding poor or no connectivity in remote areas, Dr. Banuri said that government and telecom companies are addressing these issues step by step.


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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries across the globe are conducting online classes, stated the HEC Chairman.

Face-to-face teaching is halted at all educational institutions across the globe after the Coronavirus pandemic. Countries with resources and capacity have opted for the online education system. Pakistan should move towards online classes until circumstances become normal in line with the approach the developed countries have opted for during the current situation. Coronavirus has badly affected the education system not only in Pakistan but across the globe.

Resuming Online Classes

Dr. Banuri said that the HEC is cognizant of the problems linked with online classes. Some of the issues are lack of online system, faculty training, electricity, connectivity and internet coverage.

The HEC has formulated an 8 step plan to address different issues regarding quality and connectivity issues.

Moreover, Dr. Banuri said that universities with well-built learning management systems (LMS) have been directed to resume online classes. All these universities have no connectivity issue and their quality of online teaching is exceptional.

Universities facing technological, technical, or spatial limitations have been given time to plan, acquire, train, and deploy LMS. These universities will start online classes through LMS from June 1 in case the lockdown is extended because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, the HEC has instituted a Technical Support Committee (TSC) to help universities’ staff adapt to the online mode of education, said Dr. Banuri.


  • Students ka focus online classes nahi Ludo Star 2 hai. Students ko direct degree chahe. HEC Chairman Smartphones ki tension na lien.

  • I would suggest HEC to provide guidelines and develop SOP for universities to follow while transitioning to an online teaching and learning system.
    There should be a Uni Professors toolkit and guide on transitioning to a digital experience. Happy to help as we have developed a School Teachers Toolkit and guide for online teaching. This is to ensure that teachers are empowered so they confidently deliver online classes.

  • That is a misleading title, as classes are not discontinued in all universities especially in all Agriculture universities in Punjab

  • A-o-A sir I can’t afford a laptop for online study how can I got proper lecture and save data how I submit my assignment

  • First you have to accept that HEC only care about Karachi private top ranking Universities and their students suffering, their session are wasted because of audio and video distortions, please accept that HEC think students are not their priority. Did HEC examine any Karachi top ranking university online classes and how much they reduce the time of zoom class?

  • What about fee reduction of schools in our khyber pukhtoonkhwa province,because schools has sent full fee slips

  • What about the semester fee that universities are asking to b paid without any concession or relaxation

  • Jawaria liaqat
    From university of education, Lahore
    FSD campus, sir hmari university ma to notified hova ha ka 20April sa online classes start ha .sir I am belonged to a rural area so in my village the available facilities was not able to protect anyone at any time . so in this situation the online classes process is very difficult to me. Sir mera ps na to smartphone ha or na h internet ki stable facility. But I am awarded of PM laptop scheme in phase 7 but I am facing many problems during the use of laptop.Sir I request you ,plz plz resolve this all type of problems and this type of problems not with me ,these are facing many students in mine or almost university students. Sir ak students university to ay jta ha but usa ana ma or study ma kya kya problems hoti ha wo university ma kuch nahi btyta but is process ma us ki all problems ak sath ay jti ha. University, college ma student kis trha study krta ha ya koyi nahi jnta or may be everybody no need to know there problems as like financial, social or many other . plzzzz plzz I request you mera JSA or logo b socha online classes process sa pahela or universities ko b guide kra because they can’t resolve or understand students problems or issues

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