HEC’s Heads-up

Privately-run education institutions are rapidly opening in every nook and corner of the country. To manage the influx of a large number of institutions into the country, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has started verifying these institutions so that students, at the end of their study year, are entitled to genuine degrees. In this article, we’d look at HEC recognized universities in Pakistan.

Before that, it is important to make it clear why studying at universities recognized by HEC is essential. The education commission is one of the most indispensable institutions of the country. It supplements the research and development in the country and make arrangements for students to publish their research work.

Master’s and Doctoral degrees are accepted across the world only if they are verified by the HEC. Therefore, the institutions have imposed a mandatory condition on for education institutions to be recognized by the HEC in order to be able to dispense degrees that can easily be recognized world-wide. In the same manner, apart from recognizing a parent university, HEC recognized campuses of a parent university are also operational across the country to uplift the country’s once dilapidated education sector.

The following is the list of universities in Pakistan recognized by the HEC:


S. NoNameCampuses Location
1University of Sindh, Jamshoro•Mirpur Khas
2Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro•Khairpur
3Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur•Shikarpur
4Quaid-i-Awan University of Engineering & Technology, Nawabshah•Larkana


S. NoNameCampuses Location
1University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore•Kala shah Kako
•Rachna College, Gujranwala
2University of Punjab, Lahore•Gujranwala
3Lahore College of Women University, Lahore•Jhang
4University of Education Lahore•Okara
•DG Khan
5University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Lahore•Patoki
6BahauddinZakarai University, Multan•Sahiwal
7Islamia University Bahawalpur•Rahim Yar Khan
8UET Taxila•Chakwal
9Agriculture University Faisalabad•Toba Tek Singh
10University of Gujrat, Gujrat•Lahore
11Government College University, Faisalabad•Layyah
12University of Sargodha, Sargodha•Lahore
•Mandi Bahauddin
•Faisalabad (Women)

Federal Territory

S. NoNameCampuses Location
1COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad•Abbottabad
2Federal Urdu University of Arts, Sciences & Technology, Islamabad•Karachi
3National University of Modern Language, Islamabad•Lahore
4National College of Arts, Lahore•Rawalpindi
5Bahria University, Islamabad•Karachi
6Air University, Islamabad•Multan
7Virtual University of Pakistan, Lahore•Islamabad
•DG Khan
8Karakorum International University, Gilgit Baltistan•Sakardu

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

S. NoNameCampuses Location
1UET Peshawar•Abbottabad
2Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Sheringal, District Dir (Upper)•Wari

The above-mentioned list is of public sector universities that are recognized by the HEC.

In the same way, for the reasons mentioned above, the HEC recognized private universities in Pakistan as well.

See at the universities below that are recognized by the HEC. Is yours in the list?

S. NoNameCities in which campuses are situated
1University of Lahore, Lahore•Islamabad
2Preston University, Kohat•Islamabad
3SZABIST, Karachi•Islamabad
4Sarhad University of Science & Information Technology, Peshawar (Distance Education Centres)•Comwave Institute of Information Technology, F-8 Markaz, Islamabad.
•National Textile Institute (NTI), G-6/3, Islamabad
•Islamabad Federal College (IFC), Plaza# 154, St.No#30, I&T Center, G-9/1, Islamabad.
•College of Business & Technologies, Comsats University Road, Mandian, Abbottabad.
•Comwave Institute of Sciences & I.T Opposite New China Market, Near Noor Surgical Hospital, D-Stop, Abbottabad Road, Haripur.
•Abbott Group of Colleges,
Adjacent ZaraiTaraqiati Bank, P.O Jhangi, MansehraRoad,Abbottabad.
•Abbott Group of Colleges,
Opposite WAPDA Grid Station, Near DhangriChowk, Shahra-E-Resham, Mansehra.
•Comwave Institute of Sciences & I.T, Near Sultan Plaza, Supply Area, Mansehra Road, Abbottabad.
•ANSI Institute of Education, Science &Technology (AIMS), Nowshera Road, Mardan.
•Institute of Education & Management Sciences,
University Road, D.I. Khan
•Bannu Institute of Education, Science &Technology (BEST),
Kacharey Road, Bannu.
•Al Noor College of Engineering & Technology, Rawalpindi Road, Near Bypass Bridge, Opposite U.E.T Campus, Kohat.
•Swabi Engineering College of Technology (SECT),
Ahmadabad, Shah Mansoor, Swabi.
•College of Business & I.T,
Khaar Road, Opposite Saddam Petrol Pump,
College Colony, Batkhela.
•Chakdara Polytechnic Institute, G.T Road, Amir Abad, ChakdaraDistt: Dir (L)
•Dir College of Science & Technology, Saddo, Timergara, Dir Lower.
•Saidu Polytechnic Institute,
Park Avenue, College Colony, Saidu Sharif, Swat.
•Indus Polytechnic Institute,
G.T Road, Odigram, Swat.
5ISRA University, Hyderabad•Islamabad
6IQRA University, Karachi•Islamabad
7National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad (FAST)•Lahore
•Chiniot, Faisalabad
8Abasyn University, Peshawar•Islamabad
9Hamdard University, Karachi•Islamabad (Subject to the renewal of NOC in December 31, 2016)
10National College of Business Administration & Economics, Lahore•Multan
•Rahim Yar Khan
11Qurtuba University of Science and Information Technology, Dera Ismail Khan•Peshawar
12University of Management & Technology, Lahore•Sialkot
13The Riphah International University, Rawalpindi•Lahore
14Al-Hamd Islamic University, Quetta•Islamabad
15Greenwich University, Karachi•Mauritius
16Hajvery University, Lahore•Sheikhupura
17Aga Khan University, Karachi•Institute for Study of Muslim Civilisations, London