The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), HEC got the mandate to ensure and enhance the quality of higher education by devising viable strategies. Considering the importance of implementing of External Quality Assurance Mechanism; QAA, HEC has established Accreditation Councils for quality assurance of undergraduate qualifications in different disciplines and initiated Ph.D. Program Review Process for quality assurance of Doctoral qualifications.
Due to mushroom growth of Degree Awarding Institutions (DAIs) and increasing demand of higher qualifications, almost all the DAIs and their Constituent & Affiliated Institutions have started MS/ M.Phil. and equivalent programs. Unfortunately, there is no quality assurance mechanism developed for these programs, as a result these qualifications are being offered and awarded without passing through any External Quality Assurance Mechanism.
In this perspective, the worthy Chairman HEC assigned task to QAA, HEC to devise a process for reviewing the MS/ M.Phil. & Equivalent degree qualifications. As a result, review process is being designed, based upon the successfully implemented Ph.D. Program Review Process.
Higher Education Commission took the initiative of starting MS/MPhil & Equivalent Degree Program Review Process to ensure the quality of MS/MPhil and Equivalent level education.
The newly designed proforma has been circulated to DAIs that are offering MS/MPhil and Equivalent Programs for compilation of data as per the requirement. The review process of MS/MPhil and Equivalent Programs is being conducted on the basis of data provided by the DAIs.
During the visit of MS/MPhil and Equivalent Program Review Committee comprising of eminent Professors, determine how well the criteria laid down by the HEC is being followed.
After the review visit, a detailed report is being prepared and shared with the concerned DAI for compliance. The details of review process is mentioned in the MS/ M.Phil. & Equivalent Program Review Process.