HEC No Longer Recognizes 2-year Degree Programs


On Tuesday, news came out that the Higher Education Commission (HEC) is no longer recognizing 2-year bachelor’s degrees; Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BSc), commenced after the year 2018. Moreover, HEC also issued notifications to associated schools and DAIs (Degree Awarding Institutions) that it would not recognize these programs in the event their certifications are awarded.

A notification was issued In March 2017 and July 2019 by (HEC) the Higher Education Commission which called upon associated universities to immediately discontinue academic programs in line with the Commission’s decision.

As per the reports, the Commission, though, observed that the aforesaid programs were still being offered at institutions, regardless of the notifications.

Therefore, the Commission officially announced a replacement Associate Degree (AD) program in 2019; a directive issued to immediately phase out the old two-year programs, which mostly offered nothing but unemployed graduates.

Furthermore, the notification concluded that students who enrolled before 31st December 2018 in the discontinued programs are allowed to complete them until December 2020. Students who failed in these exams would be awarded the new Associate Degree upon completion.

Through the AD program, the HEC aims for linked institutions to provide a general education that has a broader variety of applications in society. Students will be trained in the metrics of marketing, financial literacy, and ethics.

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