HEC seeks feedback on revised criteria for ranking

ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has invited all the public and private institutions of the higher education in the country to provide feedback on the revised criteria for the ranking of the universities.The criteria have been revised by a committee of experts to address the concerns expressed by the universities about the ranking criteria and ranking process employed in the last two rankings conducted by the HEC. Due consideration has been given in the revised criteria to the comments and recommendations received from the universities from the earlier rankings. The HEC has also conducted a thorough review of the ranking process to enhance transparency in the future. The ranking provides one of the mechanisms for the assessment of quality of teaching and research in the country and ensure the enhancement of quality of the higher education through healthy competition between the universities.The ranking criteria is based on several factors, including adherence to quality assurance criteria in the appointment of the faculty members, faculty development, student intake, quality of MS and PhD programmes, graduates produced, implementation of plagiarism policy, research projects, research publications, quality of research journals, national and international awards, conferences organised, and academia-industry linkages.HEC Chairman Mukhtar Ahmed has stressed that the criteria for the next ranking would be finalised on the basis of feedback received from the universities. “Feedback from the universities is important to ensure that ranking is more meaningful and useful for all the stakeholders. It should truly reflect the quality of teaching and research in Pakistan’s institutions of higher education,” he said.

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