Universities body axes 34 postgraduate programmes

The Higher Education Commission has decided to wind up 19 PhD and 15 MS and MPhil programmes at various public and private universities in Punjab over the universities’ failure to fulfil minimum requirements, writes Ammar Sheikh for The Express Tribune.

As per data provided by the Higher Education Commission or HEC, a copy of which is available to The Express Tribune, 31 PhD, 26 MS and MPhil programmes have been shut down at universities across the country with a large number of them based in Punjab.

The HEC’s Quality Assurance Agency visited various universities and a large number of institutions in Punjab were found to be offering programmes without obtaining no-objection certificates or fulfilling the minimum requirements set by the HEC. The commission members visited 46 universities in Punjab and the universities have been told to either end the programmes entirely or stop further admissions.
Full report on The Express Tribune site