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Karachi University opposes HEC decision to abolish two-year degree programmes

Continues admissions

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 8, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: Dec 8, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago

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The Karachi University has opposed the Higher Education Commission’s decision to end the two-year Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts programmes.

While the HEC wants these degrees replaced by the associate degrees, KU’s administration promises to keep admitting students in two-year programmes.

Neither the two-year Bachelors and Masters programmes will be abolished, nor the associate degree programme will be allowed in colleges on a quarterly basis, KU Vice-Chancellor Professor Khalid Iraqi told SAMAA TV.

The varsity funds 27% of its administrative expenses through these two-year programmes, according to the vice-chancellor.

He questioned the basis for such decisions in the absence of college infrastructure. “This would adversely affect the educational system,” Professor Iraqi said.

SM Taha, a member of the KU’s Syndicate Committee, says the abolishment of two-year programmes would be a major setback for students sitting private exams.

“The HEC is only meant to fund, not to regulate,” he said. “It will be a burden for a young student who works a blue-collar job too.”

More than 70,000 students are currently enrolled in KU’s two-year Bachelors and Masters programmes, according to the varsity administration.

This is why the varsity has kept admissions open in two-year degree programmes in contrast with the HEC’s move.

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  1. Anonymous  December 14, 2020 11:53 am/ Reply

    HEC and KU should sit together and reach a solution

  2. Khawar Nehal  December 15, 2020 9:44 pm/ Reply

    Since the HEC has positioned itself in the International market as the degree attestation service provider for Pakistan, then it can call the Associate degree as an associate degree when some outside organization asks them.

    As far as the local HR departments and within Pakistan organizations, all are supposed to act responsibly and decide for them selves and be aware of the curriculum taught in each qualification which they are using to assess any candidate.

    Degrees these days are not really certificates. They are meant to be a ticket to an opportunity to apply.

    All assessing organizations need to assess all candidates for suitability to the tasks they want to assign to the candidate.

    Certificates are a very limited method of assessment.

    If you know better, do share. I am open to new ideas.


    Khawar Nehal
    Applied Technology Research Center

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