The attestation of degrees/transcripts and diplomas awarded by the chartered universities/degree awarding institutions of Pakistan both in public and private sector was transferred to the Higher Education Commission by the Government of Pakistan in May, 2000.
Equivalence means that the studies undertaken in foreign educational institutions or degrees/diplomas obtained are regarded as equal to corresponding degrees/diplomas obtained in local educational institutions. To find similar and identical systems of education in various countries is very difficult but after having developed a mechanism of equivalence, the term implies that there is reasonable measure of similarity and commonality between the two courses of studies and recognition entitles its holder to rights enjoyed by those who have completed their degrees successfully at local institutions.
The Higher Education Commission is the sole regulatory body of higher education in Pakistan and in terms of Section 10 (1-o) of its Ordinance, the Commission is entrusted with the job to:
“Determine the equivalence and recognition of degrees, diplomas and certificates awarded by institutions within the country and abroad"