HEC Takes Back Decision Against 2-Year Bachelor’s and Master’s Programs

In a significant development, the Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the University of Peshawar announced on Monday that the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has agreed to continue the two-year Bachelors’ and Masters’ degree programs until 2022.

While talking to a news channel, the VC said that the HEC has agreed to continue the programs for the next two years, and that it has allowed colleges and universities to accept applications for admissions to various undergraduate and graduate programs for this academic session.

“Students would now have no issue with regard to admissions in these programs until 2022,” he said.


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In November last year, the HEC had directed all the educational institutions to cease the two-year bachelor’s degree programs, stating that such programs undertaken after the academic year 2018 would not be given formal recognition.

It had written a letter to all the public and private sector degree-awarding institutions in the country in this regard, that read: “It has been noticed with grave concerns that these programs are still being offered by universities, degree awarding institutes (DAIs), and their affiliated colleges”.


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The decision had irked students and attracted a strong reaction. Several protests had been staged against the HEC in the major cities, including Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, with students demanding that the commission withdraw its notification.

Meanwhile, despite a clear order from the HEC, institutes had continued admissions in the two-year program with the assumption that the commission would eventually succumb to the pressure of the students.

  • Asal waja koi nahi batata. HEC nay jab bhi talbs say maloom kia tu pata chala keh in programmon main wohi mazameen parhai jatay hain jo talba pehlay say parh aai hain, asaatza chonkeh parhay baghair phd kartay hain lihaza wo kuch nia parhanay kay wohi purana manjan bechtay hain


  • Well! It’s mind-blowing. It will save us alot of troubles. But can somebody tell me from when this verdict is applicable or when it is to be implemented?

  • What is the problem if these programs will discontinued. I think it’s good to do phd directly after BS. Please someone elaborate me.

    • Until Bs your years of education will be 16 years right.. Then your directly do PhD but you will have to take more time as compared to those students who do after MSc
      Because of year count… After MSc your will have 19 years and then 2 or 3 years of PhD
      I m not sure but that’s what I’ve heard from several people on fb scholarship pages who are applying for PhD

  • Kia sirf peshawar universty k liye hai ya sb k liye.plzzz HEC waly clear kr day.waisy to har fazul bat pr sham ko press conference krny baet jaty hai lakin es bary mai kuch clear nahi krthy.kaha gaya humayoun sahab jo punjab k higher edu k wazir banay peerthy hai?????

  • It’s a great step for the students whom are worried about their further 2 year study,,,,
    I shall be very thankful to HEC to take that step

  • why 2 year program ? those who havd 2 year Degree are not 3.5 year master to recognized international . Know understand 2 year program use less . We are still amature taking shortcut in our live those who have done BBA four program there concepts are much better then 2 year . when our generation understand this . Education is the key of sucess . Examination should be concepts base like Professional studies

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