The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has directed Punjab University (PU) to hang up admissions of PhD and MPhil programmes till satisfying the criteria.
The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) of the HEC visited and checked different programmes at the PU. Afterwards, the HEC took the decision and published a review report of the university’s PhD and MPhil/MS programmes.
A total of 27 PhD degrees and 33 MPhil/MS equivalent programmes have to be halted or to stop further enrollment of students. Out of these, 6 PhD and 7 MPhil/MS programmes are to be immediately halted. Whereas, the rest of the 21 PhD and 26 MPhil/MS programmes are to stop further intake immediately.
Punjab University didn’t satisfying the criteria. There was a requirement of appointing three full-time relevant PhD faculty members for launching a PhD programme and for the MPhil/MS or equivalent programmes, two full-time PhD holders with relevant degrees were required.