HEC Scholarships | HEC Portal

​​​​​​​​​​Higher Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad is trying its best to facilitate the Pakistani students to compete world’s top merit. Through the HEC National Funded ScholarshipHEC Foriegn Funded ScholarshipsLearning Opportunities Abroad (Foreign Funded Scholarships offered by various Countries) etc. HEC is giving an opportunity to students to apply for latest HEC scholarships and win world’s most prestigious scholarship awards and later contribute in Pakistan’s socio-economic development. student can apply on hec eportal. The eportal hec is portal where student to to fill a online form for any concern program. On hec eportal student can search as well for anything. The hec degree attestation you can find here full guide about hec degree attestation.


HEC has launched a completely secure and robust online degree attestation system, which requires an applicant to apply from their homes. you can find here step by step guide and PROCEDURE FOR HEC ONLINE DEGREE ATTESTATION.

Prime Minister’s HEC Laptop Scheme

Prime Minister’s Youth Program is a special initiative launched by the Government of Pakistan in 2013. The Youth Program​ comprises of several schemes including Prime Minister’s Interest Free Loan Scheme, Prime Minister’s Youth Business Loans, Prime Minister’s Youth Training Scheme, Prime Minister’s Youth Skills Development Scheme, Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme for Students from Less Developed Areas and Prime Minister’s Laptops Scheme.

Step by step guide how to register for PM Laptop Scheme.

Prime Minister’s Laptops Scheme is for Talented Students with the main objective of this scheme is an attempt to enhance the scope of research and quality education in the country and increase the access to information technology.

Students are advised to Apply ​Online for Prime Minister’s HEC Laptop Scheme Registering or Updating Profile at the following link of Students’ Service Portal. http://pmnls.hec.gov.pk
Important notice for laptop applicants:
Students who are encountering issue in receiving SMS while applying under Prime Minister’s Laptop Scheme Phase-III are advised to register their complaints along with cell phone number on [email protected]

Prime Minister’s HEC Laptop Scheme Application Status – HEC Student Search

Check here http://pmnls.hec.gov.pk/student_details.php

Application Status:
Applied: Student has successfully submitted his/her application for new registration.
Verified: Student record have been confirmed by the concern university focal person.
Disapproved: Student has been disapproved solely by the university focal person due to few reasons which may include : incorrect academic details or date of admission, misconduct or administrative issues etc.
Selected: You have been selected on merit for the award of laptop.
Not Selected: The student is eligible but not selected due to limited laptop quota.
Asset Issued: Student have already been issued a laptop in previous scheme(s) / Phase(s). In case of any discrepancy, kindly contact your university’s focal person.

HEC main Programs and projects programs are following:

  • HEC Degree Attestation : Applicants have to create their accounts on following HEC web link for attestation of their educational documents from HEC: http://eportal.hec.gov.pk/das
  • HEC Entry Test Council : ​​​Higher Education Commission has established Education Testing Council (ETC) under which it will hold standardized entry tests from Fall 2017 admissions for public and private universities of Pakistan. click here
  • HEC Faculty development Program: ​The Faculty Development (Indigenous program for 2,000 Split PhD scholarships for faculty members of Pakistani HEC recognized Universities/DAIs having Master degree with minimum 18 years of education. click here to apply
  • HEC Curriculum revision: Under Section 3, Sub-section (1) of the Federal Supervision of Curricula Textbooks and Maintenance of Standards of Education Act 1976, the Government of Pakistan has appointed the HEC to oversee curriculum revision. ​​ click here for more info
  • Higher education infrastructure development
  • HEC Indigenous scholarships: The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) is offering Indigenous fellowships for MS/M.Phil/Bs students. These scholarships are offering for local students who want to pursue their MS/M.Phil/Bs degree program in different universities of Pakistan. click here 
  • HEC Foreign scholarships
  • HEC Patent filing support: The HEC has developed a programme which allows for submission of ideas which describes the potential invention for evaluation for patentability. In case an invention is determined to be patentable, the inventor will be encouraged to file at Intellectual Property Office Pakistan and will also be supported to file for an international patent. click here to apply
  • HEC Conference travel grants: Higher Education Commission’s Travel Grant Program aims at providing the opportunity to the academic and scientific communities to boost their research activities in the public and private sector universities and degree awarding institutes of Pakistan. check here
  • Increase industry and university research collaboration
  • HEC Developing new technology parks: ​​​​The Higher Education Commission aims “to facilitate institutions of higher learning to serve as engines for socio-economic development of Pakistan” as stated in the mission. Check here 
  • HEC Laptop Scheme: click here to apply for HEC Laptop Scheme Apply NOW





16 Foreign-Funded International Scholarships For Pakistani Students-Nominations Through HEC

S.NoScholarship titleCountry Program / Level of
Eligibility CriteriaLaunching Date /
Advertisement dates
1Commonwealth Scholarship Programme forPhD in UK UKPhD18 Years of
Education (MS or
2Commonwealth Medical Fellowship in UKUKMedical FellowshipMBBS August-Sept.
3Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Program HungaryBachelor/ Master/
4IDB Merit Scholarships Programme for PhD andPost DocIDB representative
Through Ministry of
EAD, Islamabad
PhD and Post DocMasters and PhD Nov-Dec
5Government of Brunei Darussalam Scholarships Brunei DarussalamBachelor/ Master/
6Scholarships from CRBC China for Masters at SEUCRBC, China (office at
MasterBachelor's (16
Years of Education)
7Morocco Scholarship Programme Morocco Bachelor/ Master/
8Azerbaijan (AIDA) Scholarship ProgrammeAzerbaijanBachelor/ Master/
9Cuban Government Scholarship for Medicine Cuba Bachelor12 Years of
10Airlangga Development Program IndonesiaPhD and Mastersubsequent
11The Xi’an Jiaotong University Scholarships forMaster’s and PhD Program China Master/ PhDsubsequent
12Government of Srilanka PresedentialScholarship for UndergraduateSri Lanka Bachelor/ Master/
April & September
13Fulbright Scholarships PhDUSEF, USAPhD18 Years of
Education (MS or
14 Fulbright Scholarships for MastersUSEF, USAMastersBachelors (16
years of education)
15Chulabhorn Graduate Institute-Post Gradute Scholarship programme ThialandMastrersBachelors (16
years of education)
16Mexican Government Scholarship Program for International Students MexicoMastrers/ PhDBachelors (16/18
years of education)

HEC Achievements

The creation of HEC has had a positive impact on higher education and research culture in Pakistan.

  • Established the finest Digital Library in Pakistan: Every student in every public sector university today has access to 45,000 textbooks research monographs from 220 international publishers as well as to 25,000 international research journals – regarded as one of the best digital libraries anywhere in the world.
  • Tripled University enrollment from 135,000 in the year 2003 to 400,000 in 2008.
  • Promoted research, resulting in huge expansion of international research publications from Pakistan from only 600 research papers /yr in 2003 to 4300 research papers in 2008.
  • During the 56-year period (1947–2003) not a single Pakistani university could be ranked among the top 600 universities in the world. Today 2 Pakistani universities ranked among top 200 World’s Technology Universities.
  • Four year undergraduate program introduced so that our degrees are internationally recognized,Along with a 3 credit hour research based activity and enforcing a minimum attendance <50%
  • About 5000 Ph.D. level scholarships awarded for study in technologically advanced countries (largest program in developing world) and some 3,000 indigenous Ph.D. scholarships have been awarded. The world’s largest Fulbright Scholarship program (US $150 million) launched with joint funding (HEC/USAID).
  • Fifty one new universities and degree awarding institutes and 18 campuses of existing universities established during (2003–2008).
  • Sending 1000 Pakistani students to study medicine in Cuba and doing their best to register their degrees by PMDC and soon will send a delegation of members of PMDC, HEC and MNAs
  • Seven Pakistan universities became ranked for the first time among the top 250 universities of Asia according to QS World University Rankings 2013.
  • Research output of Pakistan increased by over 50% within two years, which was the second highest increase worldwide. According to Scimago world scientific database, if Pakistan continues at the same pace, its ranking will increase from 43 to 27 globally by 2017. In 2017, a Chinese study published in Scientometrics (journal) revealed that Pakistan’s research growth rate and time required to double the number of publications is superior than that of USA, China and India.

Education Testing Council – hec test

Higher Education Commission has established Education Testing Council (ETC) under which it will hold standardized entry tests from Fall 2017 admissions for public and private universities of Pakistan. The aim of constitution of ETC is to hold uniform, accessible and competitive assessment base for admissions to universities. The test under ETC will be free of cost for the students.


What is HEC test?

HEC Entry Test is the country’s first government testing body established by Higher Education Commission (HEC) viz. Education Testing Council (ETC) will hold standardized tests for admission to universities from fall 2017.

Is Cust recognized by HEC?

All degree programs offered at CUST are recognized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) while its undergraduate Engineering degrees are accredited by the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC).

How do I attest a document from HEC?

You are required to bring Police FIR and Newspaper advertisement (complete Newspaper is mandatory) ❖ Supplementary Attestation: Please select this option if you want to get copies of your degree attested e.g. degree photocopy, transcripts etc. You must have an attested degree to avail this option.

What is an HEC ?

The Higher Education Commission, is an independent, autonomous, and statutory institution of primary funding, overseeing, regulating, and accrediting the higher education institutions in Pakistan.

I have forgotten my password of HEC account as well as password of e-mail account entered in HEC profile?

Answer: Please send your request for retrieval of password at [email protected] along with front & back scanned copies of your CNIC and scan signature as on CNIC. Also, confirm the email address entered in HEC database.

Do the Regional Centers of the HEC at Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta attest degrees?

Answer: Yes, the HEC Regional Centers at Lahore, Peshawar, Karachi and Quetta provide full attestation services. For complete information about attestation at regional centers.

Does the HEC seal documents for Foreign Evaluation Agencies e.g WES, ICAS, etc?

Answer: Yes, only the HEC attested documents are sealed on the request of applicant and handed over to the applicant for onward submission to the relevant agency.

How can I fill the form for attestation of Equivalence Certificates issued by HEC?

Answer: Please select relevant country from drop down list that has awarded the degree. Then select name of concerned university. Please write program title as per Equivalence Certificate.

What should I do if I don’t find the nomenclature of my degree program while filling in the online application form?

Answer: If you are unable to find a degree program or a department in education tab; Please use “Search and Add Missing Degree Program” option to search missing degree in your education tab. The option is available in education tab of your profile. Alternatively, the list of focal person is available on HEC website http://hec.gov.pk/english/services/universities/pqr/Pages/HEIs-Focal-Persons.aspx

I have lost my degree attested from HEC. What should I do for the attestation of my duplicate degree?

Answer: Please, provide the original FIR along with the newspaper showing the announcement of lost degree. The duplicate degree/transcript must reflect the word ‘Duplicate’ on the face of original document. The attestation case of Duplicate degree/transcript is processed provided:
1) The degree holder presents documents by him/her-self or through his/her real blood relation nominee.
The degree holder may forward his/her case through TCS (HEC authorized Courier Company).

I have got revised my already attested degree/transcript (from HEC). What should I do for the attestation of revised degree/transcript?

Answer: Applicant has to provide/submit the original HEC Attestation Ticket pasted on the back side of degree/transcript already attested by HEC. Moreover, the revised degree/transcript must reflect the word ‘Revised’ on the face of original document. The attestation case of revised degree/transcript is processed provided that:
-The degree holder presents documents by him/her-self or through his/her real blood relation nominee.
-The degree holder may forward his/her case through TCS (HEC authorized Courier Company)

What documents are required for attestation of degrees/transcripts awarded by the HEC recognized universities and Degree Awarding Institutions?

Answer: Please visit the Attestation web-l ink.

Does HEC attests Matric and Intermediate Certificates?

Answer: No, Matric and Intermediate Certificates (Asnaad) are attested by the Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC).

Does HEC attests laminated degrees/transcripts?

Answer: No, the applicants are advised to remove lamination from the degrees/transcripts and then apply for attestation.

Does HEC attests transcripts for incomplete studies?

Answer: Yes, transcripts for incomplete studies signed by the Controller of Exams of the respective university are attested, provided that clearly mentioned.

Is it necessary for the applicant to come in person for attestation?

Answer: No, it is not necessary for the degree holder to come in person. He/she can get degrees attested through authorized person by giving Authority letter or through TCS Courier Service (designated for the purpose).

How much time does HEC take for attestation of documents?

Answer: Degrees/transcripts if presented in person at HEC Islamabad are attested on the same day (on scheduled date). However, it takes 10 working days through designated courier company.

Does HEC attest foreign degrees?

Answer: No, foreign degrees are not attested by the HEC. However, the HEC determines their equivalence and Equivalence letter can be attested, if requested by the applicant.

Does HEC attest “Bonafide Student Certificates” or “To Whom It May Concern” certificates issued by the universities?

Answer: No, “Bonafide Student Certificates” or “To Whom It May Concern” certificates are not attested by the HEC.

How is passport number entered in the online application form?

Answer: Enter only digits part of passport e.g. 783296.

I have wrongly entered my educational details. What should I do for its modification before attestation?

Answer: Applicant can modify/update information by signing-in the HEC attestation profile.

I got objection from embassy regarding attestation of HEC. What should I do?

Answer: Please, personally visit the HEC Islamabad office for Post Attestation Correction along with all Original documents as well as CNIC.

Embassy is asking for re-verification of already attested degree. What should I do?

Answer: HEC online attestation is for life time. So, there is no need for re-verification.​