Islamabad - The Higher Education Commission while denying any plan to visit various organisations for verification of educational degrees has expressed satisfaction over its foreign degree equivalence system.

The HEC in a statement vehemently denied news carried by a section of the media attributing false plans to visit various organisations for verification of degrees. “No such plan has been discussed or exists. Any organisation desiring to have degrees of their employees verified may approach Higher Education Commission (HEC) for the purpose,” it clarified.

A committee of academic experts also met on Wednesday at the HEC Secretariat in the wake of Axact fake degrees scam to review the procedure of the HEC foreign degree equivalence system entrusted to the Commission. The committee members were briefed that HEC recognises degrees of only those universities which are enlisted with UNESCO and also accredited by respective government agencies of their country of origin.

The HEC has a comprehensive system and degree holders are required to submit their all original documents from Matric onward to the highest degree including original passport for study duration along with entry and exit visa for that duration. The final recognition letter issued after receipt of degree confirmation from university.

The meeting was presided over by Chairman HEC Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, in which members expressed their complete satisfaction towards this system currently in practice.

The members were also informed that to assess the accredited status of foreign universities HEC consults the World List of Universities published by UNESCO, Accredited Institutions of Post-Secondary Education published by American Council on Higher Education, International Hand Book of Universities, Commonwealth Universities Yearbook, Europa World of Learning and World Guide to Higher Education Comparative Survey of Systems Degrees and Qualifications.