HEC abolishes 2-year BA/BSc, launches Associate Degree programe
ISLAMABAD: The High Education Commission (HEC) has abolished 2-year BA/BSc and 2-year MA/MSc programmes .
The commission has introduced a new two-year Associate Degree Programme which it said is designed to help prepare professionals in disciplines of immediate application and relevance to the market. It is equivalent to a Bachelor (Pass) degree.
The commission has issued a notification which would be applicable from after December 31 2018.
The 2-year Associate Degree Programme to be offered by the Public & Private Universities/Degree Awarding Institutions.
Guidelines for Associate Degree Programme
Universities/Degree Awarding Institutes (DAIs) intending to launch Associate Degree programme will be registered with the Commission and an updated web page with recognized degree programmes will be maintained by HEC.
Admission requirement for Associate Degree shall be Intermediate/12-year schooling or equivalent.
It shall be awarded upon completing 65-68 credit hours in a four semesters/two years programme which will be offered through specially designated campuses / constituent colleges of the Universities and not on the main or principal campus of the University/Institution.
The degree shall be considered as equal to 14-year Bachelor (Pass) degree.
The degree shall not be offered to students enrolled for BS programme at the main campus of the University/Institution and, hence, shall not be an exit path for these students.
Students enrolled for Associate Degree Programme may undertake BS programme seeking admission in 5th semester of the programme, if allowed by the University.