KU’s delay in announcement leaves students in limbo

KU’s delay in announcement leaves students in limbo

KU’s delay in announcement leaves students in limbo

The Karachi University (KU) is yet to announce its policy on two-year degree program for the colleges affiliated with the varsity.

The unclear picture of KU’s final verdict has left student bodies in limbo. In Karachi, more than 80 state-run colleges affiliated with KU have not announced admissions to their degree programs for academic year 2021, reportedly.

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It is pertinent to note that the two-year degree programs have been invalidated by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the two-year associate degree programs were introduced in place.

“A majority of the colleges have no capacity to start the four-year BS, whereas, the academic council of Karachi University, in its two consecutive meetings held in 2017, had opposed the phasing out of two-year degree bachelors and masters programs,” said Munir Alam Khan, a senior member of the Time Scale Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association.

“On the one hand, the HEC has already informed the students that two-year degrees will not be verified, but on the other hand, the affiliation body [KU] is not ready to accept the HEC policy,” Khan said.

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On November 17, 2020, the commission had issued a notice according to which two-year programs had to be phased out after the academic year 2018 and subsequently 2019.

However, the HEC says that its alarming that despite clear orders by the commission, two-year programs were still being offered by varsities and degree awarding institutes and their affiliated colleges.

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