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.
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.
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.
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.
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