HEC records have revealed that more than 185 universities are illegally operating and awarding degrees in Pakistan.

This may not come as a shock to anyone as the HEC’s efforts to address this particular problem have been virtually non-existent.

Although HEC has claimed repeatedly over the years that it has improved the regulations concerning the education sector in Pakistan, the bitter reality is that the number is growing rapidly. The number rose from 24 in 2013 to 185 as of now.

These illegal universities continue to operate all over Pakistan despite securing any clearance or NOC from HEC. These universities claim affiliation with public or private sector universities which turn out to be fake.

They even go far enough to claim affiliation with International or foreign universities to dodge the authorities by using words like ‘London’, ’American’ or ‘International’ etc.

A panel meeting of the parliament was held on 30th March concerning the sudden sprout and rapid growth of business schools and colleges in the country.

Also, another meeting was held in the Parliament by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training chaired by Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti.

The committee reached a mutual agreement that most of the private educational institutions which are operating in small buildings or houses are in direct violation of established rules. HEC was pressed to take action against such violations by the universities.

An HEC spokesperson stated that letters have been sent to the concerned universities/institutions to get an NOC or they will be shut down but no encouraging response was recorded.

She said that it is our duty to point out such illegal institutions and universities, their names have been published on the HEC website. Also, ads have been published for parents of the students to be aware of such illegal campuses.

The government has taken no steps to prevent such heinous acts that are deliberately destroying the future of the nation. Tighter rules and regulations and a strict command should be exercised by the government on HEC to make it an effective weapon against educational and academic crimes.

Here is the list from the HEC website:

S.No University / Institute Name

1 The Elites Univeristy

2 American School of International Business

3 American World University International

4 Glamshire University

5 American International University

6 American University of Hawaii

7 East-West University

8 International University of America

9 Western International Univeristy, Pakistan

10 Washington Univeristy

11 University of Southern Pakistan

12 University of Houston Clear Lake

13 University of Economics & Technology

14 The Open International University for Complimentary Medicines

15 Lincoln Institute

16 University of Islamic Study

17 Agha Computers

18 Islamabad Computer Institute

19 Flash Institute of Computer Studies

20 Square Soft Systems

21 Aptech Computer Education Lahore

22 Softlogix College of Information Technology

23 TIU Institute

24 Pakistan College of Science & Technology

25 AIMS Institute of Management Sciences

26 National Textile College of Professional Sceinces & IT Lahore

27 Standard Institute of Emerging Technologies & Sciences (SIETS)

28 Ali Garh Institute of Management Science (AIMS)

29 Mishigan International College

30 The International University, USA

31 American International College

32 American University of London

33 Rawal Open International University of Alternative Medicine Pakistan

34 INFOVISION Institute of Management and Information Technology

35 Islamia College of Commerece

36 Opstech College of Computer Science

37 CIT College

38 Myer’s Insitution of Technology

39 College of Computer & Information Technology

40 Global College of Information Technology

41 Global College of Information Technology

42 Aryan University

43 Institute of Advance Studies of Information Technology

44 Pak Kashmir Institute of IT

45 University College of Commerce

46 National College of Commerce

47 Quaid-e-Azam College

48 International College of Commerce

49 Leads Law College

50 Comstech Law College

51 Comstech Degree Collge

52 Pakistan Mission Law College

53 Lahore Univeristy of Computer Excellence

54 Arqum College of Science & Arts

55 Cosmiq Institute of Technology

56 NICON College of Computer Sciences

57 SINTEC System

58 Higher Education College

59 National Textile College of Professional Sciences and IT

60 Standard Institute of Emerging Technolgies and Sciences

61 American School of London

62 College Swiss Swithzerland

63 The International University of America

64 Institute of Management Science and Arts

65 Mehran Institute of I.T.

66 National College of Computer Sciences

67 National Group of Textile  College

68 Pakistan Institute of Technology

69 The National College

70 Exceisior College of Information Technology

71 Microinn Technologies

72 Fashion Design Institute

73 Michigan Internaitonal College

74 National Textile College of Professional Sciences and IT

75 University of East

76 My University

77 The Dar-ul-Madina International University

78 South Asian Strategic Institute Univeristy

79 Capital University

80 Pakistan Institute of Management

81 Lal Shahbaz University

82 Ghazi University

83 Information Technology University

84  Preston University, Faisalabad campus

85 Baba Guru Nanak University

86 Government Sadiq College for Women

87 Government College Women University

88 Qalandar Shahbaz University of Modern Sciences

89 Karachi Institute of Technology and Engineering

90 Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

91 NICON College of Computer Sciences

92 Preston University School of Business

93 Flash Insititue of Computer Sciences

94 Institute of Professional Studeis (Canal Campus)

95 College of Technical Education

96 College of Education

97 Matrix Institute of Emerging Science

98 Quaid-e-Azam College of Information Technology

99 Centre for Health & Population Studies

100 College of Business Administration

101 Lahore School of Information Technology

102 Proceed Institute of Management & IT

103 Institute of Computer Technology

104 College of Professional Studies

105 Institute of Management Sciences

106 College of Business Administration

107 College of I.T.

108 University College

109 INFOVISION Institute of Management & Information Technology

110 Shibly College of Commerece

111 Khyber College of Commerce

112 Pioneer College of Commerce

113 Global College

114 Abdul Kasim College

115 The National College

116 National Group of Textile College

117 Aptech Computer Education

118 CIT College

119 The National College

120 Softlogix College of Information Technology

121 Excellsior College of Information Technology

122 Kynat College of Commerce

123 Allaid College of Commerce

124 DG College

125 Institute of Information Technology & Management

126 Wah Institute of Management Technology

127 Soft Vision Center of Information Technology

128 University College of Inforamtion Technology

129 SPIRIT Institute of Management & Computer Science

130 Institute of Science & Management

131 College of Computer & Management Studies

132 College of Education

133 Chanab Institute of Information Technology, Shadab Colony

134 College of Management & Information Technology

135 Rawalpindi Institute of Technology

136 Multan Institute of Management Sciences

137 SYSTEX Institute of Technology

138 ABACUS College

139 College of Advance Professional Studies

140 LIONS College

141 College of Information Technology

142 University of Loralai

143 American International University

144 London College of Excellence

145 Al-Qasim University

146 American University of London Western Graduate College

147 Collage Siss Switzerland

148 East-West University Chicago

149 Glamshier University

150 The Open International University for Complimentary Mediciens (OIUCXM)Columbo

151 University College Sedaya International

152 American University of Hawaii

153 Al-Kausar Univeristy

154 NICON College of Computer Sciences

155 Rawal Open International University of Alternative Medicine


157 College of Blobal Technologies

158 South Asia Institute of Management and I.T.

159 UK College of Information Technology

160 College of Management & I.T.

161 UK College of Technology

162 College of Professional Studies

163 Edycare College of I.T.

164 Sadiqabad Polytechnic Institute

165 Al-Khair College of Commerece

166 College of Information Technology

167 College of Education

168 College of Education

169 College of Administration & Computer Science

170 College of Management Science

171 Pakistan Institute of Proessional Science

172 Leads Institute of Management Sciences

173 Central College of Information Technology

174 Pyramid Education Centre

175 Institute of Information Technology & Management

176 Wah Institute of Management Technology

177 Soft Vision Center of Information Technology

178 University College of Information Technology

179 SPIRIT Institute of Management & Computer Science

180 Institute of Science & Management

181 College of Computer & Management Studies

182 College of Education

183 Chanab Institute of Information Technolgy, Shadab Colony

184 College of Management & Informatiion Technology

185 Rawalpindi Institute of Technology