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HEC advises college students to keep away from admission in unauthorised 2-year Bachelor’s, Grasp’s programmes

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  • HEC points warning for college kids, saying they need to keep away from enrolling in unauthorised, two-year schemes
  • Says one or two universities are providing such programmes for minting cash
  • These programmes have been “phased out because of quality concerns,” the Fee says

ISLAMABAD: The Greater Training Fee of Pakistan (HEC) on Sunday issued an alert for college kids desirous of in search of admission in two-year BA/BSc and MA/MSc programmes, stating that they need to keep away from enrolling in “unauthorised schemes.”

In accordance with an official notification issued by the Fee on this regard, college students have been suggested, “not to waste their time and money by enrolling in unauthorised degree programmes, such as the two-year BA/BSc or MA/MSc programmes.”

In accordance with the HEC, these programmes have been “phased out because of quality concerns.”

“One or two universities have announced admission to unauthorised BA/BSc and MA/MSc programmes. While this will earn money for the university, it will not be in the interest of the students. These discarded degrees will not enable students to apply for jobs or further education,” the notification acknowledged. 

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The HEC additional stated that the choice to part out the BA/BSc and MA/MSc programmes and changing them with a single, composite, four-year BS diploma was taken in 2004. Nevertheless, universities had been allowed to proceed each techniques in a transition interval, the assertion added. 

“In 2011, the Associate Degree (AD) was announced as an alternative to the BA/BSc degree. AD is equivalent to 14 years of schooling and entitles graduates to get admission in the 5th semester of the respective BS programmes after fulfilling the admitting university’s requirements.

In 2016, the transition period was concluded, and a final decision was made to stop admissions in BA/BSc programmes on December 31, 2018, and in MA/MSc programmes on December 31, 2020. 

“It was additionally determined that the final BA/BSc examination can be held in 2020 and that the admission to the final batch of MA/MSc college students would happen earlier than December 31, 2020. These selections had been confirmed in 2017, and once more in 2018, 2019, and 2020,” the statement read. 

The HEC added that because of the disruption caused by the coronavirus lockdown, some flexibility was granted. 

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“Universities have been given a grace interval of three months to conclude the ultimate BA/BSc exams. Any exams concluded earlier than March 31, 2021, shall be thought of to be 2020 exams,” the assertion stated. 

Equally, the deadline for admission to the ultimate cohort of the MA/MSc programmes can also be prolonged to March 31, 2021, in order that the ultimate cohort of BA/BSc college students can apply for admission.

“In addition, holders of BA/BSc degrees are allowed to apply for admission in the third year or 5th semester of the BS programme, subject to the completion of a bridging semester or any additional course requirements that the university may impose.”

“Any student who misses the deadline to get admission to the MA/MSc programmes can apply instead for admission to the third year (i.e., 5th semester) of the BS programme, which is a far superior option.”

The Fee added that contemporary college students may be admitted both straight into the four-year BS programme, or within the two-year Affiliate Diploma Programmes, provided by way of recognised campuses, constituent and affiliated faculties instead of the previous BA/BSc programmes.

In case of admission in unlawful and phased-out programmes, the scholars will find yourself bearing all dangers and prices or any related loss incurred.

“The HEC cannot recognise degrees of students who are enrolled in conventional BA/BSc programmes after December 31, 2018. Likewise, the last date for admission in conventional MA/MSc programmes is March 31, 2021,” the assertion stated.

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