Higher Education Commission, HEC has warned students to stop getting enrolled in the unauthorized BA/BSC and MA/MSC two-year programs in 2021. Through an official statement on Sunday HEC has declared that these degree programs are discarded due to quality concerns. Through an official statement, HEC has revealed that some universities are still offering admissions to these mentioned degree programs for the sake of tuition fees. But students must avoid getting admissions to these programs because they will not be entertained with any job opportunities in the future based on these degree programs.
Decision For BA/BSC and MA/MSC Programs
HEC announced that in 2004 it had been decided to replace the two-year BA/BSC and MA/MSC program with a single, composite, four-year BS degree program. But, universities in Pakistan started running both of the programs in a transition period.
In 2011, BA/BSC and MA/MSC programs were replaced with an alternative Associate Degree program. This Associate Degree is equivalent to 14 years of education and allows students to get admission in the 5th semester of the BS programs in the relevant subjects. However, students will be provided admissions to the 5th semester after fulfilling the universities’ requirements.
The transition period was stopped in 2016 and the final decision to stop the two-year BA/BSC and MA/MSC program was taken on December 31st, 2018, and December 31st, 2020 respectively.
Deadlines For MA/MSC Admissions
The higher education commission has also decided that the final exams of the BA/BSC programs would be held in 2020 and the admission session for the last batch of the MA/MSC programs would take place until December 31st, 2020. However, under the pandemic situation, it was decided to take the final examination session for BA/BSC classes within three months and the exams must be completed by March 31st, 2021. Moreover, the admission session for the last batch of MA/MSC programs has also been extended to March 31st, 2021. Before this deadline, no admission will be allowed.