LAHORE – The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has allowed medical universities of the country to have non-medical PhD faculty to supervise medical PhD candidates.

In a letter written to the University of Health Sciences (UHS), the Quality Assurance Department of HEC has clarified that candidates having PhD degree can be appointed as research scientist in medical universities. It has also been notified that candidates having degree other than PhD as prescribed in the HEC criteria for appointment of Professor in Medical Sciences (Clinical Sciences) such as MD/MS/FCPS/MDS/PhD/MPhil (Old Courses of 4-years)/ Membership of Royal College UK/Diplomat of American Board or equivalent international terminal qualifications can only be appointed as a co-supervisor but only in medical universities to promote research in relevant disciplines.