HEC Warns Students Against Applying for 2-years BA/BSc and MA/MSc Degree Programs

The higher education commission of Pakistan (HEC) has warned the aspirants on Sunday against applying for the illegal degree programs including the 2-year BA/BSc or MA/MSc programs as they have been phased out because of the quality concerns.

As per the official statement by the higher education commission, some of the varsities had announced the admissions in unauthorized BA/BSc or MA/MSc programs to make money out of them. The statement warned that these degrees have been discarded and that the aspirants would not be able to apply for jobs based on them.

The higher education commission said that the decision to replace the 2-year BA/BSc or MA/MSc programs along with a single, composite, 4-year BS degree program had been taken earlier in 2004 however the varsities had been allowed to continue along with both the systems in the changeover period.

According to the official statement; “Earlier In 2011 the Associate Degree Program (AD) was announced as an alternative to the BA/BSc degree program. The associate degree is equivalent to 14 years of education and enables graduates to get admission in the 5th semester of the respective BS programs after fulfilling the admission requirements of the university.”

The changeover period ended in 2016 while the final decision was taken to end the admissions to BA/BSc programs on December 31st, 2018 and to end the MA/MSc programs on December, 31st 2020.

HEC furthermore added that;

It was also decided that the annual exams of BA/BSc will be organized in 2020 while the admission to the last batch of MA/MSc aspirants will take place before December 31st, 2020. These decisions were confirmed in 2017, and again in 2018, 2019 as well as 2020.

It has also granted the universities flexibility amongst the pandemic to organize the annual BA/BSc exams within the three months before March 31st, 2021.

Furthermore, the deadline for admissions to the last batch of MA/MSc programs has been extended till March 31st, 2020 so that the final batch of BA/BSc students might apply for admissions.

The statement further added

Any student who misses the deadline to get admission to MA/MSc programs can apply rather than the admission to the 3rd year (i-e 5th semester) of the BS program, which is a much better option.

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