ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) announced that it would not accept two-year bachelor’s degrees, BA/BSc, completed after the academic year of 2018.
A notification released by the HEC announced that, in accordance with the decision of the Education Commission to phase them out, universities would immediately avoid offering these degree programmes – letters notifying the policy were issued on 15 March 2017 and 11 July 2019.
The HEC found that, amid its alerts, the two-year degree programmes were already being offered at universities and colleges affiliated with it.
“Degrees shall not be recognised by HEC for students enrolled in these programmes after December 31, 2018,” read the note.7
In 2019, the HEC declared that it will substitute Associate Degree (AD) programmes for the two-year BA/BSc curriculum and update the nomenclature for the degree.
The announcement claimed exclusively that a ‘Associate Degree’ would be renamed the latest postsecondary programme and the BA-BSc programme would shortly be discontinued.
The notice also specified that on completion of the course, all students who enrolled before December , 2018 are allowed to complete their BA, BSc degrees until December 2020 and those who failed the course will be awarded the Associate Degree.
The notice further indicated that the purpose of the related degree programme is to include a widely relevant general education and to help students develop marketable skills.