Tevta Lakhani, a 26-year-old woman from Lahore, has just completed her third year of a four-year post-secondary education.
She has just been paid the equivalent of Rs 1,200 a month, and is expected to start earning at least Rs 1 lakh a month by the end of the month.
Her journey to university has been difficult.
The university she attended offered only Rs 25 a month for her first year, but after her third, her salary increased by a further Rs 100 per month.
In her first four years, she earned Rs 50,000 and had to borrow money to fund her studies.
She now earns about Rs 1.3 lakh a year.
“We have been discriminated against in the way that we have been treated by the university,” said Tevka.
“The fact that we are women in our society and our university is not recognised as such, it is just a way to earn money.
I would like to be treated as an equal.”
It is not only the government colleges that have not recognised Tevtha’s qualifications.
Women students who have gone through compulsory courses at the same institutions, like the ITT Technical College of Technology, have been subjected to harassment and discrimination, with some women being denied admission at the colleges.
In 2015, a woman student, Sushma, who was enrolled in the IT college, was denied admission because she had a son, a medical student.
“When I told them I was pregnant, they told me to be quiet because it was against the school’s rules,” said Sushmana.
“They also said I should wait till the child was born to show them that I was in the right place.”
Tevta’s mother, Sohail Khan, a 25-year old resident of Karachi, is a graduate of the IT school.
She is also a resident of Sindh’s Peshawar University, where she is studying in Engineering.
“The government does not recognise us as students or students of the colleges,” said Khan.
“We have to study at our own pace and we have to be educated in a way that is fair and that will give us a good future.”
Despite the government’s efforts to promote education for all, women have to pay higher fees for higher degrees and earn lower wages than their male counterparts, said the National Commission for Women (NCW), an independent body which monitors the situation of women in Pakistan.
In a statement to the BBC, the NCW said the government is paying the salary of the men’s college teachers to compensate them for the unpaid work that they do, but this does not equal the pay of women.
“Even though women are educated, they still pay higher tuition fees to colleges and universities, which is discriminatory,” said NCW Chairperson Sajjad Mollah.
“It also discriminates against women by forcing them to sit in the same classes as men.
The NCW will continue to investigate the situation and take action against the colleges and university authorities.”
A senior government official told the BBC that while the government would take the steps to promote women’s education, they would not be able to solve the problem without taking measures to ensure equal pay for all.
“It is a matter of concern to us that the government does have a duty to ensure that the salaries of government employees and other public sector employees are paid to women,” said the official.