MPhil, MS not A Must for Admissions in Ph.D.: HEC Chairman

Admissions in Ph.D.

The HEC Chairman (HEC) Tariq Banuri has made the announcement on Wednesday that the Higher Education Commission has introduced a new policy for Ph.D. and has discontinued the MS/MPhil leading to the Ph.D. programs.

As per the shared details, “HEC has abolished the condition of having an MS or MPhil degree for admission to Ph.D.,” Tariq Banuri said while addressing a presser at the HEC office in Islamabad.

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He said that HEC had got a lot of complaints regarding the new PhD policy, but “now universities will have to strictly follow the rules of the doctorate programmes.”

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) in its newly announced PhD policy has discontinued ‘MS/MPhil leading to PhD’ programs and restricted the universities with less than 10 years existence from starting specialized PhD programs.

According to the policy document on PhD effective from January 1st 2021, MS/MPhil leading to PhD programs have been discontinued by the HEC, and as earlier notified, no further admissions are allowed in such programs.

The maximum duration of a Ph.D. degree will be 8 years, with the minimum being three years. Similarly, the proposed policy said the previous qualification in the same discipline shall not be required for admission to the Ph.D. program.

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