The HEC report has also made some startling revelations, as many PhD scholars still unemployed.
There are a number of posts that are lying vacant in many government and private universities, despite the fact that some 4000 PhD scholars are still looking for a job.
According to a 2021 survey conducted by the HEC, the ratio of teachers to students was not proportionate in 268 PhD programmes out of a total of 869.
According to the report, Punjab University is in need of 953 PhD teachers to carry on their PhD programs; however, only 662 PhD degree-holding teachers are currently working in the university, and the university is lacking 291 teachers to fill the gap.
According to the report, the universities appoint fresh PhD holders for one year only. The scholars who completed their PhD degrees from 2009 to 2019 are still unemployed.
Only 642 researchers have enrolled on a job portal created particularly for PhD scholars, according to the report. Furthermore, 358 fresh PhD holders appointed under the Interim Placement of Fresh PhDs programme for one year.
According to HEC rules, a department requires three full-time PhD teachers in the relevant subject to run a PhD program. One teacher can only supervise five students at a time.