In 1947, the Directorate of Public Instructions, was the highest office of Education Department, under the supervision of Chief Secretary, Punjab . However, the Education Department under the administration of Secretary Education  started functioning in West Pakistan province in 1955.

Higher Education Department is relatively a new department bifurcated from School Education Department of Government of the Punjab in 2008. In recent years, a renewed surge has been witnessed towards education reforms and development at national as well as provincial level.

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