The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC)has approved to continue two years of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs till 2022.
According to the notification, educational institutes are permitted to offer admissions in the graduate and undergraduate programs. Till 2022, the students can apply in the various institutes for bachelors and masters. Now there will be no difficulty for the students to get enrolled in the BA/BSc or MA/MSc degrees till the given time period.
Earlier the higher education commission had issued the directives to abolish the two years BA/BSc and MA/MSc programs.
All the educational institutes were instructed to stop offering admissions in these degree programs as HEC will not recognize it.
Besides the announcement by the HEC many institutes have been still offering admission in two-year degree programs. Moreover, various universities had also protested against this decision as it will put the students at a disadvantage.
In 2019, the HEC had announced that they will replace the two-year BA/BSc programme with Associate Degree programmes (AD) and changed the nomenclature for the degree.
The notification exclusively stated that the new postsecondary programme would be called an ‘Associate Degree’ and soon the BA-BSc programme would be discontinued.