Punjab private colleges degree programmes
HEC Four-year degree programmes
Lahore, Aug 24: The four-year degree programme being offered in universities for the last many
years on special directions of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) is yet to
be introduced at public sector degree colleges where students have no option but
to follow a two-year degree programme.
The delay has been irking students
and their parents who argue that college students are at a clear disadvantage as
compared to the university students, especially at the time of seeking jobs and
for further study abroad. They also argue that the delay has also been leading
toward more different systems of education in a country which has already
various types of educational systems.
A couple of years ago, the Punjab
government was aggressively working on introduction of four-year BA/BSc
programmes in public sector colleges of the province and 26 colleges were also
identified for this purpose. The government had planned to launch the programme
from 2008 academic session in these colleges, however, after a few meetings, the
Punjab Education Department totally forgot the task, leaving the situation to
It is pertinent to mention here that the HEC had been claiming
to take the initiative regarding the launch of four-year degree programme to
bring universal recognition and compatibility to the Pakistani bachelor's
The HEC had also organised different meetings, inviting all the
provinces for their feedback in this connection but to no avail. According to
sources in the HEC, the plan of introducing a four-year honors programme in
public sector degree colleges was delayed because of a controversy over the mode
of examination, inadequate and ill-equipped libraries, lack of teachers'
training and poor condition of laboratories.
A senior official, seeking
anonymity, said that above all a lot of money was required to launch the
four-year programme in colleges across the country, adding that it was only
because of inadequate funds that the programme could not take off in colleges.
The official said there was no plan to execute four-year degree abruptly
but to be brought about in a phased manner, initially through degree colleges to
be identified and developed by the provincial governments. He further said the
provinces too seemed reluctant in this regard, adding that lethargic attitude on
their part was also a major problem in the implementation this
It is important to mention here that according to the minutes
of the 8th meeting of the Steering Committee of Provincial Education Secretaries
held on July 7, 2008, it was decided that the model to be finalized by the
Punjab government in connection with the four-year degree programme would be
provided to other provinces.
The sources in the Punjab Higher Education
Department said that during the last one and a half year a number of
administrative changes were witnessed in the department owing to which this
issue was almost forgotten. They said the public sector universities had refused
to accept the model of the department on the plea it was not possible, keeping
in view the semester system in universities and annual system of examination in
Additional Secretary (Academics) of the Punjab
Higher Education Department Muhammad Akram Chaudhry, when contacted, said the
universities were not ready to accept model presented by the department as they
pointed out issues related to examination, faculty and facilities at colleges.
He claimed later it was decided that the universities, including the Punjab
University, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, and Islamia University,
Bahawalpur, would provide a model to the department upon which further working
would be done to launch the programme.
Akram Chaudhry also claimed that
the department had once again taken up the matter and would work hard for
introduction of the four-year degree programme, initially, in 26 selected
colleges of the province.
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Entrance test for engineering institutions held
Lahore: The combined entrance test for admission to the engineering institutions of
Punjab was held at various centers across the country on Sunday.
Deputy Registrar (Public Relations) Muhammad Irfan said a total of 24920
candidates appeared in the test out of which 10700 candidates appeared at UET
Lahore, 4800 at UET Taxila, 4400 at Multan, 1300 at Bahawalpur, 2300 at NFC
Faisalabad, 580 at NED Karachi, 710 at NWFP Peshawar and 130 at Quetta. It is
pertinent to mention that this year UET introduced a self-marking scheme. All
candidates were given a duplicate copy of the answer sheet while the key to the
questions would be uploaded on the website www.uet.edu.pk at midnight of August
Earlier, in the morning a number of people including parents,
guardians and relatives of the candidates protested against the UET
administration for "poor" arrangements.
However, UET deputy registrar
claimed that the varsity had made maximum arrangements to facilitate parents and
guardians of the candidates. "However it was not expected that 3 or 4 people
would come with one candidate", he added.
It is important to mention
that Punjab Minster for Excise & Taxation and Education Mian Mujtaba Shuja
ur Rehman was scheduled to visit the UET Lahore, however, he failed to visit the
"How &when can I get the UET entry test result."
City, Country: Quetta
"take admission in B.sc mechinical OR electrical engineering. "
Name: muhammad Ibrar
City, Country: peshawar, Pakistan
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Lahore: Mahym Mansoor of Kinnaird College for Women has secured a bronze medal in the
20th International Biology Olympiad (IBO) held in Tsukuba, Japan, from 12 July
to 19 July, 2009. She was among the four Pakistani students who were selected
for this science Olympiad through a programme called National Science Talent
Contest (NSTC) held under the supervision of the Higher Education Commission
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The Joint Action Committee of Asataza Punjab has demanded the Punjab chief
minister take notice of the issuance of show cause notices to teachers by the
Schools secretary and the alleged registration of fake cases by the EDO
Education against some schoolteachers in Okara. The news
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