On Sunday, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has requested students not to take admissions in unauthorized 2-year BA/BSc or MA/MSc programs.
As per the reports, 1 or 2 universities have announced admissions for these programs. Though this will earn money for the varsity, it will not be in the interest of students, the Commission said in a statement on Twitter.
As per the commission, these discarded degrees will not enable students to apply for jobs or further education.
In 2020, the HEC abolished two-year Bachelor’s degree programs at universities across Pakistan which meant that students will no longer be able to pursue 2-year BCom or BSc degrees.
HEC issued a notification which read; the 2-year bachelor’s degrees shall not be recognized by the HEC for students enrolled in these programs after December 31, 2018.
It further read that the programs should be substituted with a single, composite BS degree. It was also decided that the last BA/BSc exam will be taken by December 31, 2020, and admissions for the last batch of MS/MSc will be taken before the date as well.
Because of the COVID-19 epidemic, HEC has allowed some flexibility for students. Firstly, the Varsities have been given a 3-month grace period until March 31, 2021, to conduct exams will now be considered 2020 exams. Moreover, the deadline for the final batch of MS/MSc has also been extended to March 31, 2021. Also, BA/BSc degree holders can apply for admission for their third year, which is the 5th semester, subject to the completion of the previous semester and the course requirements by the university.
Furthermore, Students who miss their deadline for MS/MSc can apply for their third year in a BS program, which HEC has called a better option.
On the other hand, students just applying for the bachelor’s can either opt for the 4-year program or for the AD programs.
The Commission has warned that admissions in illegal and phased out programs will lead to a fine for students.
The commission restated that the HEC cannot recognize the degrees of students registered in conventional BA/BSc programs after December 31, 2020, and the last date for admission in conventional MA/MSc programs is March 31, 2021.
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