Education plays a crucial part in attaining the bright future of any country. While in the past, education has not gotten much attention, these days, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has been quite active. When before, the most focus of HEC was on scholarships for Pakistani students in local universities and abroad, the focus these days has shifted towards policies.
Revised policy for PhD
You must have heard of how they had recently ruled out two year Bachelor programs. And now they revised another policy. This time it’s regarding Ph.D. The revision was formalized on January 1, 2021. The policy is that people can now enroll in PhD programs right after completing their bachelor’s degree. They don’t need to do MS or MPhil to enroll in PhD anymore.
The important part, though, is that that bachelor’s degree should have been attained after a four-year program. And the duration of the PhD Degree can range from 3 years to 8 years; it will depend on how the candidate wants to pace their education. Moreover, you don’t even need to have relevant work experience to make you eligible for doing PhD in that particular discipline.
HEC Seems Serious About The Policy
Should the universities fail to comply with the revised notification, HEC will take immediate and strict action against the universities. The action can range from warning and suspension to revocation of the NOC.
But another drama has ensued following the revision of policy. The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) has outright rejected this notification by HEC since they do not believe it to be the right decision.
What is even more interesting is the fact that this whole drama is not even official yet; HEC has not officially announced the revised policy; it was only formalized. And, while this revised policy is beneficial for the aspiring candidates technically speaking, the FAPUASA is not wrong either. There is a proper pathway to be able to qualify for applying for a PhD.
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