PQR Information
The following information is publically available on the Register:
Name & Title of Qualification

The Register contains the Name & Title of Qualification which is consistent with the criteria for the use of Title and Nomenclature. It will help in reducing the confusion by the use of different nomenclature for similar degrees and use of similar nomenclature for degrees that are actually quite different in duration and scope.

Qulaification Levels and Program Titles

The Register has eight levels are based on the Generic nomenclature used for the qualification in the country. A qualification must be assigned to one of the eight levels. The Framework does not describe qualifications at the same level as being equal and qualifications at the same level are not interchangeable, however, they are at a comparable level in terms of knowledge, skills or competence required.

Learning Outcomes

Each qualification level contains an Outcomes statement that brings clarity and emphasize on the development of qualification. The development of outcomes for a qualification guides for the development of course content, and processes for teaching, learning and assessment. A qualification outcome statement will inform the students and employers that what the qualification holder will have achieved by the end of the qualification. It will also make the purposes and objectives of learning clear to the learner and also convey information to every employer about what job applicant knows.

Credit Hours

  • Credit hour means teaching a theory course for 50 minutes each week throughout the Semester.
  • One credit hour in laboratory or practical work / project would require lab contact of two hour per week throughout the semester.
  • The credit hours are denoted by two digits within brackets with a hyphen in between. The first digit represents the theory part while the second (right side) digit represents the practical.
  • Thus 3(3-0) means three credit hours of theory, while 4(3-1) means a total of four credit hours, of which three are of theory while one credit hour is for laboratory
  • The weekly contact hours of a 3(3-0) course will be three, the contact hours of a 4(3-1) course will be six.
  • The contact hours during each week of the Summer Session will be doubled to ensure that the course is completely taught in a semester with half the duration compared with a regular (Fall/Spring) semester.

Subject Classification

The Higher Education Commission has adopted subject list of joint Academic classifications of subjects (JACS) developed by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) with certain amendments to match with the national context. It enlists the major disciplines, sub-fields, and helps in standardization of the subject nomenclature along with categorizing each subject into its relevant major discipline.

Quality Assurance Mechanism

There are two types of accreditation carried out in most parts of the world i.e. Institutional and Program accreditation. Institutional Accreditation looks at the whole Institution, whereas, the program accreditation emphases on individual and professional programs. In Pakistan Institutional accreditation is carried out by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) while, program accreditation is carried out by the Accreditation Councils.

Following are existing accreditation councils/Professional Bodies which accredits the respective programs;

1. Pakistan Bar Council (PBC)

2. Pakistan Council for Architects and Town Planners (PCATP)

3. Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC)

4. Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC)

5. Pakistan Nursing Council (PNC)

6. Pakistan Pharmacy Council (PCP)

7. Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council (PVMC)

8. National Council for Homoeopathy (NCH)

9. National Council for Tibb (NCT)

10. National Accreditation Council for Teachers Education (NACTE)

11. National Agricultural Education Accreditation Council (NAEAC)

12. National Computing Education Accreditation Council (NCEAC)

13. National Business Education Accreditation Council (NBEAC)​