HEC Issues Clarification on Undergraduate & Associate Degree Programmes

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has clarified that all news items circulating in the press and electronic media regarding deferment of the four-year Undergraduate and two-year Associate Degrees Programmes by HEC, published in the context of the Vice Chancellors’ Committee Meeting held on July 2, 2021, are misleading and incorrect.

Both the programmes are intact and shall continue as earlier. The enforcement of the policy prescribed in the HEC’s notification dated July 11, 2019, regarding “Transition from BA/BSc programme to Associate degree programmes: Phasing out of MA/MSc programmes” shall continue in letter and spirit.


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A meeting of all the Vice-Chancellors was jointly chaired by Dr. Shaista Sohail, Executive Director, HEC, and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali, Chair, VC Committee Meeting /Vice-Chancellor, Quaid-e-Azam University, on July 02, 2021.

The meeting was convened at the request of Vice-Chancellors who raised certain issues in the implementation of HEC’s Undergraduate Education Policy and Policy on Ph.D. degree programmes (2021). All points of concern were thoroughly debated, and in accordance with the majority opinion, the following recommendations were made for a consideration by the Commission.

The recommendation for deferring implementation of both the policies i.e., Undergraduate Education Policy and Policy on Ph.D. degree programmes (2021) until Fall 2022 may be placed before the Commission, HEC’s governing body, for consideration.

A Committee of Vice-Chancellors would meet in the fourth week of July 2021 for three days to debate issues and come up with practicable solutions.


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The summary based on the recommendations of the Vice-Chancellors would be taken to the Commission highlighting the factual position and requesting for allowing proposed amendments to facilitate implementation of the two policies.

The universities that are willing to adopt or have already adopted Undergraduate Education Policy and/or Policy for Ph.D. programmes may continue with their implementation diligently.