A new initiative was taken by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), to improve the future of the academics and the students. The new measure taken entails online degree attestation and verification for interested students.
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has officially initiated this impactful move. online degree attestation. The commission announced on Friday that all students seeking degree attestation can apply for it via the commission’s official website through a new e-services portal.
The Commission clarified in a statement that the attestation process would no longer work on the previous portal of http:/eportal.hec.gov.pk. Instead, new applicants should head to the aforementioned e-services link for the attestation process, while old applicants could use their previously verified username and password to log in to the new e-services portal.
These online verification and attestation services are Pakistan’s first electronic verification service. As listed in the tweet above, students can visit the e-service website and upload the relevant documents to get their degrees attested.
Online attestation and verification of degrees are happening for the first time in Pakistan’s history. It is indicative of a growing reliance on digital portals and online spaces for the nation’s educations sector as a whole.
Of course, the measure has also been largely necessitated by the current COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on mobility that has urged people to get as much work done remotely as possible.
As the notice on HEC’s official website reads:
“In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, HEC has currently suspended Urgent Attestation under walk-in mode at Islamabad and Regional Centers, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, and Quetta w.e.f. 18th November 2020. Therefore, all applicants are advised not to visit any HEC office for attestation. However, applicants may apply for degree attestation through courier mode (TCS).”