The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has launched a new online degree attestation and verification platform, which is a significant step forward for academics and students across the world.
HEC has confirmed that all students in need of a degree can apply via the Higher Education Commission’s new e-services panel, which can be found at http://eservices.hec.gov.pk/.
The attestation process will no longer work on the previous http:/eportal.hec.gov.pk portal, according to the Commission. New applicants should go to the aforementioned e-services page for the attestation process while existing applicants should use their previously tested username and password to log in to the new e-services portal.
For the first time in Pakistani history, online degree validation and verification is taking place. It reflects the nation’s education sector’s growing reliance on digital portals and online spaces in general.
Of course, the current COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on accessibility prompted people to do as much work remotely as possible, necessitating the transition.
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19,Higher Education Commission has suspended Urgent Attestation in walk-in mode at Islamabad and Regional Centers in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, and Quetta as of November 18, 2020. As a result, all applicants are advised not to go to any HEC office for certification. Applicants may, however, submit an application for degree attestation via courier (TCS).
This new system would address the widespread issue of forged documents by making educational institutions responsible for assisting students in obtaining checked and accredited educational documents.
The Punjab Information Technology Board’s General Manager (IT), Burhan Rasool, presented a comprehensive report on a proposal for e-verification and degree qualification.
Since certified and authenticated documents have become a prerequisite in the professional sector, both locally and globally, he claimed that the e-verification system would help HEC cope with increased demand.
While Pakistan’s ground-breaking online verification system will promote transparency and authenticity of academic records, Rasool explained that it will also protect students from certificate fraud.
Through a service portal, access to e-attestation of academic documents will be given across Pakistan through a comprehensive and inclusive unified digital attestation and verification process. Degree holders will have access to their digitally validated degrees through a publicly shareable tiny-URL.
PM Khan’s Civil Service Reform and Austerity Restructuring Task Force, led by Advisor Dr. Ishrat Hussain, has directed the HEC to adopt the process as soon as possible and to order academic degree-granting institutions under its oversight to implement an e-verification system for academic documents issued by them.
Dr. Hussain asserted that HEC would set up and supervise a database where the copy of the degrees given is immediately uploaded by academic institutions, including various education boards and universities awarding degrees.