The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has issued a list of illegal/non-recognized campuses of universities and higher education institutions in Pakistan. The degrees of the students enrolled in any degree program in these institutions will not be recognized by HEC. Hence, students are informed not to seek admission to these institutions.

According to the list there are 96 instiuttions from Punjab, 35 in Sindh, 3 in Azad Kashmir, 2 in federal capital and 11 in Khyber Pakhtunkha.

HEC recognizes degrees of chartered universities/higher education institutions (HEls) from the public and private sector in Pakistan along with their approved campuses at specific places as mentioned on the HEC website. The status of colleges affiliated with public sector universities can be confirmed from respective universities. Private sector HEls are not allowed to grant affiliation and can only operate through their accredited Main Campus and accredited campus/sub-campus having No Objection Certificate (NOC) of HEC as reflected on the HEC website.

Students are cautioned not to take admission in any fake, illegal/Unlawful, and unrecognized institution. The list of fake, illegal, unlawful, and unrecognized institutions in Pakistan identified up till now is being published here and is also available on the HEC website at http://hec.gov.pk/site/illegal-DAls Moreover, any campus/sub-campus, college, branch, or outpost established without the approval of HEC and not listed on HEC website shall be treated as fake, illegal, unlawful and unrecognized, and the degrees obtained after studying at such places will not be recognized by HEC.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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