Taking a U-turn on the two-year degree program, the University of Karachi (KU) on Friday announced the admission schedule for the two-year associate degree program in its affiliated colleges.
After approving the policy, KU’s Academic Council recently changed the nomenclature of its two-year BA, BSc, and BCom programs as Associate of Arts Degree, Associate of Science Degree, and Associate Degree in commerce for regular and private students respectively.
The university spokesperson, however, said there would be no changes to the course outline, rules and regulations. The course outlines that had already been finalized in the old BA, BSc and BCom would be used for the associate degree programs in arts, science and commerce and the examination system for the associate degrees would be the same as the previous system of programs two years for regular degrees.
In this regard, the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) has already extended the implementation date of its Undergraduate Education Policy 2020 for some universities. According to KU Registrar, Prof. Dr. Abdul Waheed, the university’s Academic Council has formed a committee that will discuss and deliberate on changes to the curriculum, including the examination system for associate degrees in light of the guidelines. given by the HEC.
Admissions forms for Associate’s degree programs in Arts, Sciences and Commerce will be available from September 6th and the deadline for submission of admissions forms and payment of fees in these programs will be September 17th . First year classes will start on September 20, 2021.
Earlier, KU’s Academic Council, at its July 8 meeting, unanimously approved the continuation of its conventional degree programs. The university had also formed a committee for the gradual implementation of the two-year associate’s degree program and the four-year bachelor’s degree program offered by HEC.
The Academic Council also decided then to postpone the two-year associate’s degree program until June 2022. The decision to reinstate the traditional bachelor’s and master’s degree programs was made at the July 8 meeting in light recommendations of a committee headed by Professor Dr. Jamil H. Kazmi. However, in the recent development, the university has decided to implement the associate degree program this year.