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​ i.   This is to bring to your kind attention that the Higher Education Commission has discontinued awarding HEC Approved Supervisor, post promulgation of the Graduate Education Policy 2023 i.e., July 10,2023.

ii. This policy shift provides Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) increased authority in approving PhD supervisors, thereby enhancing their capacity to elevate the quality of doctoral research. The HEIs are required to assign supervision of doctoral research to their PhD faculty adhering to the conditions delineated in its Clause 4.2.

iii.  Accordingly, HEC encourages the HEIs to adopt the Graduate Education Policy 2023 and authorize qualified faculty for doctoral research supervision strictly in accordance with the policy regulations.

iv.     HEC is developing a mechanism to synchronize supervisor's data with the Higher Education Data Repository. Subsequently, periodic evaluations of authorized supervisor's data will be conducted in accordance with the criteria outlined in the policy for a PhD Supervisor. 

v.      HEC has processed 80 batches of PhD Faculty against the program till August 2022 who have applied at HEC E-portal followed by hard copy along with pre-requisite documents through proper channel. A total number of 11,006 new applicants who applied via HEC E-Portal have been approved. However, 2,451 already approved supervisors have updated their profile and approved at HEC E-Portal.

 vi.      â€‹No Further applications are being accepted at HEC E-Portal.​