Higher Education plays a vital role in the socio economic development of the country and HEC considers the capacity building of the Degree Awarding Institutions as pivotal for the purpose. Hence, quality of PhD researchers/educators produced is the backbone for the development of Quality Education in the institutions of Higher Learning. To ensure the quality of doctorate level education, HEC took the initiative of starting PhD Progress Review Process. The PhD Review Committee has so far completed three cycles to assess the programs at PhD level in 2005, 2007 and 2012 throughout the institutions of the country.
Considering the importance of external quality assurance mechanism for Ph.D. Programs, the Quality Assurance Agency, HEC in consultation with existing Ph.D. Review Committee members revised the entire review process.
The fourth cycle of the Ph.D. Program Review visits is in process. The newly designed proforma (checklist) are circulated, before the actual visit of the review committee to all the DAIs that are offering Ph.D. Programs for gathering data pertaining to Ph.D. Scholars. The Review process of Ph.D. program will be conducted on the basis of data provided by the DAIs.
The Competent Authority constitutes a PhD Review Committee comprising of eminent educationists to determine the implementation status of the laid down criteria. It was decided that assessment of MPhil/ PhD programs on a regular basis be continued in order to ensure the quality of programs. For this purpose base line data collection and review visits of universities are undertaken. In order to accelerate the review process, four review committees are functioning. These have been mandated by the Competent Authority HEC to conduct review of higher degree programs of both public and private sector universities in the regions of
- KPK & Balochistan,
- Islamabad and Azad Jammu Kashmir and Gilgit