In a major change, Higher Education Commission (HEC) has decided to accept the two-year Bachelor and Masters degree programs till 2022.
the Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the University of Peshawar announced on Monday that the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has decided to continue the two-year degree programs for Bachelors and Masters until 2022 allowing students to get admissions in various undergraduate and graduate programs for the next two years.
While speaking to the news channel, the VC claimed that the HEC had decided to continue the programmes for the next two years and that it had permitted universities and colleges to receive applications for admissions for this academic session to various undergraduate and graduate programmes.
“Until 2022, students will now have no problem with admissions to these programmes,” VC Peshawar University said.
Previously, HEC ordered all educational institutions to discontinue the two-year bachelor degree programs in November last year, noting that such programs conducted after the academic year 2018 will not be officially recognized.
In this regard, a letter was written to all the public and private sector degree awarding institutions in the country, which read: “It has been noted with serious concern that universities, degree awarding institutes (DAIs), and their affiliated colleges are still offering these programmes.”
The judgment infuriated students and attracted a powerful response. In the major cities, including Karachi, Lahore and Quetta, many protests were held against the HEC, with students demanding that the commission revoke its notification.
In the meantime, despite a strong order from the HEC, the institutes were still admitting students to the two-year program on the premise that the commission would inevitably yield to the students’ pressure.