Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission has taken an important step by announcing that Pakistan will be phasing out 2-year BA/BSc from academic year 2018 and 2-year MA/MSc programs from year 2020.
HEC, in a circular sent to all universities across Pakistan, said that decision was made after thorough deliberation and that no university will offer 2 years-duration degree for BA, BSc, MA and MSc.
While explaning the plan, HEC said that a committee of experts from different universities, constituted by HEC, has devised a mechanism to accommodate existing BA/BSc students into 4-year BS programmes.
The committee has proposed a bridging semester as a foundation for students to enter fifth semester of a 4-year program, after which they can complete remaining four semesters in years to attain BS degree.
However, if a student opts to exit after two years, he/she will be awarded a two-year Associate Degree.
Moreover, there will be no admission in BA, BSc programs after 2018 and MA, MSc programs after academic year 2020.
HEC is said to be taking this important step to avoid any confusion among employers, national, international organizations and community, therefore they are streamlining the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.