Islamabad (Staff Report): The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has suspended admissions for MPhil and PhD distance learning programmes administered by 13 universities.
"Further admissions in any of the distance education programmes being offered by universities are stopped immediately till finalisation of recommendation[s] by the committee," read a missive sent to the varsities by HEC Quality Assurance Division Consultant Muhammad Ismail.
After conducting physical visits and reviewing documents, a committee of HEC experts concluded that the 13 universities lacked adequate faculty to run the MPhil and PhD programmes, the statement read.
The HEC's decision will impact about 4,000 students.
The institutions whose distance learning programmes have been suspended are:
Islamia University, Bahawalpur
Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan
Government College University, Faisalabad
University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
University of Faisalabad
International Islamic University, Islamabad
Virtual Campus of Comsats Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad
University of Peshawar, Peshawar
Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan
Sukkur IBA University
Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur
University of Sindh, Jamshoro
University of Balochistan, Quetta