Functions

The functions of PHEC defined per the Punjab Higher Education Commission Act 2014 are following:

  • Coordinate with Higher Education Commission in a result oriented manner
  • Formulate guidelines and recommend policies in line with national standards prepared by the Higher Education Commission under which public and private institutions may be opened and operated in the province
  • Prescribe guidelines and conditions under which institutions, other than universities and degree awarding institutions, may offer qualifications in the higher education sector
  • Cause monitoring and evaluation of the performance of the institutions and carry out accreditation of institutions including their sub-campuses, out posts, faculties, departments and disciplines through Accreditation Committee
  • Provide guidelines to ensure good governance and management of institutions to maintain bewildering standards of higher education in the Punjab
  • Assist and advise the Government in quality enhancement and quality assurance of colleges
  • Cause third party performance audit of higher education institutions and furnish a copy of results to the concerned body for corrective measures and follow ups
  • Cause ranking of the higher education institutions of the Punjab
  • Submit precise grant in aid requirements of the institutions to the Government
  • Allocate funds to  public sector institutions out of bulk financial provision received from the Government and other sources for such purpose on performance and need basis
  • Advise Institutions in raising funds from sources other than the Government
  • Support in creating linkages between institutions and industry as well as national and international organizations that support research and development in the higher education
  • Facilitate the introduction of educational and training programs that meet the needs of the market and promote the study in every field of national and international importance in the institutions
  • Ensure imparting marketable education and skills in the institutions and promote self-employment through entrepreneurship and small & medium enterprises
  • Advise institutions to ensure a proper balance between teaching and research
  • Undertake various faculty development programs for improving the quality of teaching and research in the institutions
  • Develop guidelines and facilitate the implementation of a system of quality assurance of institutions, based on the standards developed by the Higher Education Commission
  • Encourage, support and facilitate training programs, workshops and symposia at provincial and regional levels in public and private sector institutions
  • Prepare, in consultation with the institutions, plans for the development of higher education
  • Promote formal links between institutions to make the most effective use of expertize and specialized equipment and promote provincial, national and international linkages with respect to knowledge sharing, collaborative research, personnel exchange and cost sharing
  • Take measures, including allocation of funds, for award of fellowships, scholarships, travel and research grants
  • Establish endowment funds for higher education with contributions from the Government as well as non-governmental national and international sources
  • Collect such information and statistics on higher education and institutions as it may deem fit
  • Set up various committees consisting of provincial, national and international experts to advise the Commission on its affairs
  • Advise the institutions on framing of subordinate legislation; and
  • Perform such other functions as may be prescribed or as may be incidental to the discharging of the above functions or as may be assigned to it by the Government