KU takes U-turn on two-year degree program

While taking a complete U-turn on the two-year degree program, Karachi University on Friday announced the admission schedule of the Associate Degree Program in its affiliated colleges.

Recently, the KU Academic Council after approving the policy has changed the nomenclature of two-year BA, BSc and BCom degree program as Associate Degree in Arts, Associate Degree in Science, and Associate Degree in Commerce respectively for regular and private students.

The varsity spokesperson, however, said that there will be no change in the course outline, rules, and regulations. The course outlines which have already been offered in the BA, BSc, and BCom will be offered in the Associate Degree Program and the system of the examination for the Associate Degree Program will be the same as the previous one.

In this regard, the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan has already extended the date of implementation of the Undergraduate Education Policy 2020 for some varsities. According to the KU Registrar Professor Dr Abdul Waheed the varsity’s Academic Council had constituted a committee that will discuss and deliberate the changes in the curriculum including the examination system for the Associate Degree in the light of the guidelines given by the Higher Education Commission after the approval of the KU Academic Council.

The admission forms for Associate Degree in Arts, Associate Degree in Science, and Associate Degree in Commerce programs will be available from September 6 while the last date for submission of admission forms and payment of fees in these programs is September 17, 2021. The classes for the first year will start on September 20, 2021.

Earlier, the Academic Council of the University of Karachi in its meeting held on July 8 had unanimously approved to continue its conventional degree programs. The varsity had also formed a committee for the phase-wise implementation of the two-year associate degree program and four-year BS program proposed by the Higher Education Commission.

The members of the KU Academic Council also decided to defer the two-year associate degree program till June 2022. The decision of restoration of the traditional bachelor’s and master’s programs was taken in light of the recommendations of the committee which was headed by Professor Dr Jamil H. Kazmi.

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By Arshad Yousafzai

Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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