HEC Informs Students Against Unauthorized Degrees Program

Higher Education Commission (HEC) has warned students once again not to squander their time and money by registering for illegal BA/BSc and MA/MSc programmes for two years.

HEC warns that the two-year BA/BSc and MA/MSc programmes at government and Sindh-wide private institutions would be resumed last week after the announcement of Karachi University (KU). KU has agreed to postpone its implementation in schools in the province until June next year for the two-year HEC associate degree programme.

HEC stated in an official announcement that one or two institutions have declared the resumption of admissions to BA/BSc and MA/MSc, which are prohibited for two years. While these colleges will profit from admissions financially, it will have a detrimental impact on the students who are not qualified for jobs or future education.

Due to severe concerns about the quality of the programmes and their replacement with their 4-year BS graduation, HEC emphasised that the decision to phase down the BA/BSc and MA/MSC programmes was adopted back in 2004. In a transition time, however, universities may continue both systems.

The transition phase concluded in 2016 and on 31 December 2018 HEC decided to do away with BA/BSc and MA/MSc programmes. The last BA/BSc review was also planned to take place by 2020, while the last MA/MSc batch will be approved by 31December 2020. In 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, HEC notified all universities of these choices.

In addition, as an alternative to the BA/BSc degree, HEC established a two-year Associate Degree in 2011. The associate course of HEC equals 14 years of training and enables students, after completing the standards of the institution, to receive entrance during the fifth semester of the relevant programmes.

However, owing to disruptions caused by the Coronavirus epidemic HEC allows colleges considerable latitude.

He gave a grace period of three months before 31 March 2021 for the final examination of BA/BSc. The deadline for acceptance in the last MA/MSc batch was extended between 31 December 2020 and 31 March 2021 in order to help the students in the last batch of examinations BA/BSc.

HEC also permits BA/BSc graduates who are subject to a bridge semester or to any extra requirements imposed by the acceding university to apply for admission to the BS programmes in the 5th semester. The students, who missed the time limit to apply for MA/MSc programmes, were also requested to apply for BS programmes in the fifth semester.

More than 16 years later, under its Bachelor's Education Policy, HEC finally completed the two-year BA/BSc and MA/MSc programmes implemented this year in January. It also declared that students who registered in BA/BSc after 31 December, 2018 and MA/MSc after 31 December 2021 should not be recognised.

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