The Higher Education Commission—HEC has halted admissions to the Masters and Doctor of Philosophy programmes in the University of Punjab, as per the reports of local media.
The spokesperson for the University of Punjab said that the decision to halt admissions to these programmes was taken keeping into consideration the lack of qualified teachers. The HEC has taken the decision to stop admissions after paying a visit to the different faculties.
An order has also been released to stop admissions at the 28 PhD and 33 MPhil programmes.
The departments where the orders have been given to stop the PhD programmes are:
- Political Science
- Pakistan Studies
- International Relations
While the departments where MPhil programmes have been stopped are:
- Arts and Design
Two thousand and ninety students are enrolled in 28 PhD programmes and five thousand five hundred and ninety-eight students are enrolled in the MPhil programmes.
While four hundred and eighty-eight PhD faculty members are present for the PhD and MPhil programmes.
According to sources students were being supervised by the teachers not concerned with the department by overlooking the regulation of HEC regarding PhD and MPhil programmes.
As per the HEC rules and guidelines, 3 doctorate faculty members are a must for PhD programme and 2 doctorate faculty members are for the MPhil programme.
As per sources, degrees would not be attested unless the HEC rules are put into effect.
Prof Dr Niaz Ahmed Akhtar—the Vice Chancellor of Punjab University said that admissions would be not given to those who do not meet with the requirements and set standards. He added that MPhil and PhD programmes at the university would be standardised.
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