The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has announced that it will not recognize two-year bachelors’ degrees issued to students enrolled in such programmes after the 2018 academic year.
“[The two-year bachelors] degrees shall not be recognized by the HEC for students enrolled in these programmes after December 31, 2018,” the HEC said in notification issued on Tuesday.
“Universities/degree awarding institutions (DAIs) are directed not to offer admissions in the two-year BA/BSC [Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science] programmes,” it added.
The notification stated that despite the HEC’s decision to phase out two-year BA/BSc programmes after the academic year 2018, it had been noted that the programmes are still being offered by universities, the DAIs and their affiliated colleges.
In 2019, the HEC had announced that they would replace the two-year BA/BSc programme with a new postsecondary programme – to be called Associate Degree (AD) programmes. The notification had exclusively stated that the BA-BSc programmes would be discontinued soon.
It said those who had enrolled in two-year programmes before December 31, 2018 would be allowed until December, 2020 to complete their BA, BSc degrees. But those, who failed to complete their course by that time, would be awarded the Associate Degree upon completion of their course.
The HEC had said the aim of the Associate Degree programme was to provide a general education “that is broadly applicable and helps students gain marketable skills”.
The HEC is a statutory regulator whose main functions are funding, overseeing, regulating and accrediting the higher education institutions in the country.