After the passing of 18th amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan and devolution of higher education to the provinces, the establishment of the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) was announced by the Chief Minister in February 2013. It was included in the Medium Term Development Framework (MTDF) 2014-17

Following this, a five member Steering Committee comprising Vice Chancellors from leading universities of the Punjab was notified by the Chief Minister to put up recommendations for improvement of higher education in Punjab.  After detailed deliberations, the committee prepared “Future Road Map of Higher Education” in which it endorsed the establishment of a provincial Higher Commission as an autonomous body.

The PHEC Ordinance was approved in October 2014 and the “Punjab Higher Education Commission Act 2014” was passed in January 2015. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Nizamuddin (SI) was appointed as the first Chairperson of PHEC which has now become functional and has as initiated work on formulating its 3-year strategic plan  to bring higher education at par with modern needs.