ISLAMABAD - The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has devised new rating for private sector universities by which all categories X, Y and Z will cease to exist and degrees awarded by the universities/degree-awarding institutions (DAIs) holding such categories will not be recognized by the HEC. W category will now be the minimum baseline requirement for a university/DAI to be allowed to admit students and award degrees. W category is not the highest ranking as advertised by many universities rather it is the minimum criteria required of them to admit students and award degrees. In an enhanced effort to provide better educational facilities to students, HEC has now devised and improved the criteria in which those universities/DAIs meeting the minimum HEC requirement will be awarded a W-1 category while those with far superior academic, financial and physical infrastructure will be awarded a W-4 category, which is now the highest rating. The revised rating of such universities will be disseminated through print media by October 2011. As per HEC approved criteria, the universities/DAIs were required to meet a certain minimum criteria for award of W category by June 30, 2010. The institutions, unable to meet the requirements, and based on inspection of HEC prior to June 30, 2010 were placed in X, Y and Z categories.