Students protest HEC’s Associate Degree Program outside Governor House

In November, all educational institutions stopped the two-year bachelor's degree programs as per HEC directives.

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Students protest against HEC’s Associate Degree Program.

The Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) staged a protest outside the Governor House on Tuesday. The rally was held against the Associate Degree program recently introduced by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) to replace the two-year BA/BSc Degree programs.

All the protesters present at the location held placards and shouted slogans to oppose the new HEC program. Many protestors also raised concerns over alleged irregularities in the Medical and Dental Colleges Admissions Test (MDCAT) conducted under the Pakistan Medical Commission.

Students want the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council to be restored.

IJT Karachi Nazim Hafiz Umar Ahmad Khan spoke for the protestors and said:

The authorities should immediately restore the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, and a re-admission test should be held under it. 

He further added:

HEC authorities should bring back the two-year degree program as thousands of students can not complete the four-year degree program.

HEC’s Associate Degree Program not sitting well with many.

It should be noted that HEC released a new set of guidelines in 2019, which stated:

The two-year BA/BSc programs will now be replaced with the Associate Degree programs (AD).

In November, all educational institutions stopped the two-year bachelor’s degree programs as per HEC directives. HEC announced:

HEC will no longer recognize institutes or students undertaking the two-year bachelor’s degree programs after the academic year 2018.

Two-year Bachelor’s Degree program is replaced by the Associate Degree Program.

What are your thoughts on this? Please share with us in the comment section below.

  • kesi bewakoofi hai, 2 saal ki BS degree tu wese hi duniya mein koi accept nei kerta, Na job milti hai aur na hi kahi admission. HEC should also raise Higher Secondary school to 3 years too… FSc also has to be 3 years.

  • World wide they are not accepting our 2 years Master, so stop this stupidity and appreciate HEC for taking this step.


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