How to Find HEC Recognised Universities in Pakistan?

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In order to oversee higher education matters and regulate universities, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan was formed as a self-governing and independent institution. Besides managing HEC recognised universities rankings and quality assurance, the department is responsible for arranging all activities relating to higher education in Pakistan. 

Keep scrolling this blog to find out more!

Overview of HEC Pakistan 

The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan was previously known as University Grants Commission and it was formed in 1974. The department sought to harmonise higher education issues in the country. It is an autonomous body that oversees the regulation, funding, and accreditation of higher education systems and institutions across every province.  

As per the Higher Education Ordinance, 2002, the name of UGC was changed to Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan. 

In the below-mention list, we’ve attempted to answer questions like, ‘what was the need of the department’ and ‘what are the functions of HEC’. Let’s take a look: 

  • Faculty development
  • Patent filing support
  • Boost research collaboration between industries and academic institutions
  • Planning and execution of higher education curriculums
  • Degree attestation
  • Regulating and governing universities in Pakistan
  • Initiating educational projects, such as technology parks
  • National and international grants
  • Development of university infrastructure across Pakistan
  • Maintain records and rankings of HEC recognized universities.

Since you’re reading about HEC recognised universities, you might want to take a look at a beginner’s guide to CSS exam in Pakistan.

Find HEC Recognised Universities in Pakistan Online

The online portal of the HEC has made finding a HEC affiliated university quite easy. Apart from verification, you can also see the ranking of universities, scholarships, degree accreditation, HEC banned universities and more, with the help of this portal.

Follow the given step-by-step guide for finding the list of universities recognised by HEC:

Note: For a better user-interface, use a desktop or a laptop.

Step 1: Visit the official HEC website.

Official Website of HEC, Pakistan:

Pro Tip: You can navigate to the website to check HEC scholarships as well. 

Step 2: Once you’re on the website, visit the options bar at the corner of the website.

Step 3: Select the option ‘universities’, as shown below, a dropdown menu will appear. 

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Select universities to see the list of HEC recognised universities.

Step 4: As shown in the picture above, a couple of options will appear.
If you wish to see the list of the ‘recognised universities by HEC’ select the option, and you will be directed to a new page.

Step 5: Now, you will see a list of HEC recognised universities across the country.
If you wish to filter out the universities in your region, you can do so by selecting the appropriate options.

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You can use the filters, according to your needs.

Note: You can add one filter or multiple filters as per your wish.

  • Step 6: Add sector, whether the university you are searching for is private or public. If you wish to search for both options, then leave it on the default selection.
  • Step 7:  Next, select the respective government from the filter ‘Chartered By’. 
  • Step 8: If you need to filter the list as per the faculty, choose the discipline (field of study) of your university, such as medicine, engineering, business, or general if the university offers a combination of fields.
  • Step 9: For a further filtered list, you can select the province and the city, the university is located in.

Where to find HEC Offices in Pakistan?

HEC Head Office is located in Islamabad.

HEC acts like a bridge between educational and extra-curricular programs and local students and connects them to various opportunities. Not only this, it also  supports alumni networks and continuously works to introduce educational reforms.

It won’t quite be possible to manage all of this from just one head office, for this the Commission of Higher Education Pakistan has developed offices in different cities of the country, including the head office in Islamabad. 

We have shared with you the addresses and contact details of the offices located in the main cities of Pakistan.

 HEC Head Office

Following are the details of their main office in Islamabad.

Address: Head Office, Sector H-9, East Service Road, Islamabad

 Timings: 09:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Monday to Friday)

Contact Number: 051-90400000

HEC Regional Offices

HEC Regional offices are scattered all over the country. Credits: Twitter / HEC official


If you need to seek out any information regarding the institutes in Lahore, you can visit the following address or call their helpline.

Address: HEC RC Lahore, 55-B/2 Gulberg – III, Lahore.

 Timings: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Monday to Friday)

Contact Number: 042-99263092, 94-96


If you wish to file a complaint against any institute of Karachi, or just need any information, here are the details of the HEC regional centre in Karachi.

Address: Higher Education Commission Regional Centre, Shahzad Khalil Avenue, National Stadium Road, Gulshan Town, Karachi. 

Timings: 09:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Monday to Friday)

Contact Number: 021-99231076-79


Wish to seek guidance related to HEC recognised degree awarding universities in Lahore? You can get in touch with them by visiting their office or calling them.

Address: HEC Regional Centre, House No 61-A, Chaman Housing Scheme, Airport Road, Quetta.

Timings: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Monday to Friday)

Contact Number: 081-9201791


For any information regarding the universities in Peshawar, here’s how to get in touch with their office in Peshawar.

Address: Higher Education Commission Regional Centre, Phase-V, Hayatabad, Peshawar.

Operational Timings: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Monday to Friday)

Contact Number: 091-9217643 | 091-9219571-5

FAQs about HEC, Pakistan 

HEC Pakistan plays many parts while the most basic role is to strengthen higher education in Pakistan.

Yes. The regional offices located all over the country attest degrees.

No, the degree attestation procedure is straightforward and easy to understand. You can learn more about it on HEC’s official website.

No. Matric/ Intermediate certificates are attested by the Inter board Committee of Chairman.

Yes. HEC attests incomplete transcript, given that the form mentions incomplete.

No. Before submitting your degrees for attestation, make sure that the lamination is taken off.

Yes. There is an online procedure for HEC degree verification.

In this blog, we have compiled all the necessary information you must know about the Higher Education Commission, its functions, and how to get in touch with them.

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