The University of Karachi (UoK) defied orders from the Sindh Government, Sindh High Court (SHC), and Higher Education Commission (HEC) by allowing the resumption of two-year BA / BSc and MA / MSc programs in Sindh Public and Private Universities Announced.
At the KU Academic Council meeting last week, it was also decided to postpone the implementation of the two-year associate degree program of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in the province’s universities until June next year.
Following the KU announcement, HEC advised students not to waste their time and money enrolling in unauthorized courses, including two-year courses.
In an official statement, the HEC reiterated that a university has announced the resumption of admission to the unapproved two-year BA / BSc and MA / MSc programs.
While the university will benefit financially from admission, this will have a negative impact on students with these degrees, as they will no longer be able to work or continue in the future.
The conflicting announcements have left thousands of aspiring students across Sindh in a quandary as they are unsure whether or not to be admitted to the two-year programs.
The HEC phased out two-year programs like BA / BSc and MA / MSc as part of its undergraduate education policy in January this year due to serious concerns about the quality of these programs.
Please note that the decision to phase out the two-year BA / BSc and MA / MSc programs and replace them with the four-year BS degree was made in 2004 and will last until 2016.
In 2011, the HEC also introduced the two-year associate degree as an alternative to the BA / BSc degree.
The HEC Associate Degree corresponds to a 14-year course of study that allows admission to the fifth semester of the respective BS program after meeting the university’s admission requirements.