The National Quality Assurance Committee (NQAC) in its 22nd meeting has declared, students passing O and A levels will now be required to attain an equivalence certificate which is issued by the Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC).

This certificate will be used for securing admission in all the top universities in Pakistan. The HEC notified all public and private universities through a letter it sent out.

Any student who completes the O level exams in a foreign country and A levels in Pakistan would be required to have an equivalence certificate from the IBCC.

The letter has warned all Universities on providing admission to students who have not studied Islamiyat, Urdu and Pakistan Studies. It states,

“In future, no admission be granted by the universities to students who studied O level/ equivalent education from abroad and A level from Pakistan but not studied the subjects of Urdu, Pakistan Studies and Islamiyat.”

These are the guidelines provided for students currently enrolled in universities across the country:

“Students in the universities with O&A level and equivalent qualification who have not studied Urdu, Pakistan Studies and Islamiyat should take and clear the deficient courses from their own university, Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) or any recognised national Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education.”

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