4-year BS honour programme equivalent to Master's

4-year BS programme equivalent to Master's By Khalid Khattak
Lahore, Aug 05, 2008: The Qualification Equivalence Determination Committee has determined the equivalence of some newly emerging degrees (a 4-year BS honour programme) to the traditional Masters programme in order to eliminate confusion regarding the appointment of lectures at the public sector colleges.

A meeting of the Qualification Equivalence Determination Committee was held at the Punjab Higher Education Department recently in which representatives of various public sector universities participated and gave their input in connection with the equivalence of a 4-year degree programme to the traditional Masters degree programme.

The new disciplines/ specialization which had been recognized equivalent to the traditional MA/MSc included MSc Applied Economics and 4-year programmes including BSc (Hons) Agriculture Economics and BSc (Hons) Economics. All the honours degree programmes have now been recognized equivalent to MA Economics.

Similarly, other disciplines like MSc Biology in Plant Sciences, MSc (Hons) in Life Sciences (if specialization in Plant Sciences), BSc (Hons) in Botany and BS Botany (both 4-year programmes) have been recognized as equivalent to MSc Botany.

MSc Biology in Animal Sciences (if specialization in Animal Sciences), BS in Zoology and BS (Hons) in Zoology (4-year programmes) have been considered equivalent to MSc Zoology. MA and MSc Commerce have been recognized equivalent to MBA.

BFA (Hons) 4-year programme, MA (graphic Arts & Design) and MA (Painting) would be equivalent to MA Fine Arts while BS (Mathematics) 4-year programme to MSc Math. BS in Sociology and BA/BSc (Hons) in Social Sciences (4-year programme) have been considered equivalent to MA/MSc Sociology.

Sources in the Punjab Higher Education Department said that the issue regarding equivalence of different qualifications was raised by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) as it had been facing difficulties in this connection.

Referring to the equivalence committeeís meeting, the sources said Muhammad Ali Bhatti Director (Recruitment) of the PPSC informed that a number of applications were received in PPSC for recruitment to posts of Lectures in BS-17 on the basis of 4-year BA/BSc degree. He said the issue needed to be decided whether 4-year degree (after 12 years schooling) could be given equivalence to MA/MSc degree.

They added the students had also been complaining about the non-recognition of the 4-year degrees which despite being recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), were not being recognized by different government departments.

They said after detailed deliberations following the recommendations of representatives of public sector universities, the equivalence committee determined that 4-year/8 semester of studies upon qualifying minimum 124 credit hours (with admission requirement as Intermediate or 12 years of schooling) was equivalent to MA/MSc degrees awarded after 4 years of post-intermediate education for the purpose of employment to posts of lecturers (BS-17) in government colleges.

When contacted, Secretary Higher Education Department Arifa Saboohi, who had chaired the said meeting, confirmed the grant of equivalence of different BS (Hons) and 4-year degree programmes to traditional MA/MSc programmes by the equivalence committee. However, she said a summary would be sent to the Punjab chief minister for a final decision in this regard.

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"thanks a lot i did my bs(hons)recently, whereever i go for job or admission they show uncertainity to our degree programme.Now after this announcement, may Allah give them sense not to ignore any student or degrade hm/her regarding this hons programme."
Name: sumayya
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City, Country: isb/pakistan

"i am student of saradar bahaudar khan womens university quetta.n due to my personal problem v r kming to karachi can i migrate to womens university in karachi studying BS(sociology)5th semester please please anyone reply me ."
Name: Asma
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City, Country: Quetta, pakistan

"please anyone give me some information about BS(Hons) degree in physics that it is equal to MSc degree of physics or not? and can i do M-phill after my BS(Hons) degree?"
Name: anum zaidi
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City, Country: wah cantt, pakistan

"I have done 2nd year in science subjects.now i dont want to study medical.but i am well in science subjects but weak in arts subjects like urdu english. if i want to do bs honour .plz guid me what subject are in this.i need complete guidance"
Name: Aira
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City, Country:islamabad, pakistan

"it is good but please upload merit list on net is se hme asani ho gi"
Name: h m bilal
City, Country:lahore pakistan

"Sir ASLAM.O.ALAIKUM i m study in BS Chemistery 1st Semester can anybody tell me did BS 4year degree is equal of MSc?"
Name: Haseeb Khan
City, Country: Nowshera, pakistan

"I decide that b.sc(hons) should not equal to m.sc because the students of b.sc(pas) have no semester system and b.s(hons) have exam after 6 month therefore they have no tension for past slabus and come new but students of b.sc(pas) exam held after 2 year and theire cource become very toughf and b.s students achive good marks because they have smester. I agry if b.s(hons) have pass in 80% and student of m.sc have passed in 70% then they are equal other then no."
Name: Irfan Majeed
City, Country:Pakpattan,pakistan

"I have completed Bs(Electronic Engineering) From BUITEMS quetta,Can i am elligible for the post of SST Scinec In high School for math and physics"
Name: Muhammad Ramzan
City, Country:Bahawal nagar Pakistan

"this policy of HEC is not being followed by HR department of The University of Faisalabad, they consider 4 year bs as bachelor degree and demand from thier employee to do Master and then, they will consider them as master degree holder, i request to HEC that they have to circulate their policies abut equivalence to all private universities otherwise they will continue to hurt the graduates of 4 year degree of BS."
Name: sannia
City, Country:faisalabad, pakiatan

"I have the degree of Bsc Hons agriculture sciences in Plant breeding and genetics,wheather this degree is equivelent to MSC Biology or Botnay if i applied for FPSC jobs for lecturer...plz reply soon as possible "
Name: Faisal ur rehman
City, Country:faisalabad, pakiatan

"I have the degree of Bsc Hons agriculture sciences in Plant pathology,wheather this degree is equivelent to MSC Biology or Botnay if i applied for FPSC jobs for lecturer...plz reply soon as possible"
Name: zargham abbas
City, Country: shor kot, pakistan

"I have done my bs(hons)recently can i apply for health educator job PPSC?"
Name: shabana
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

"i am doing B.S honors in zoology want to know after completing my 8 smesters whether a grand test held? and also after this grand test degrees given."
City, Country:gujranwalapakistan

"I have done F.sc now i want to study BS Hons in Com.Science if i do this so my degree will be equivlent to master if yes so then what is MS equal to please ans me anyone..??"
Name:Adil Shah
City, Country:Nowshera, Pakistan

"Whether bs 4 year in chimistry is equal to ma s chimistry?"
Name: zahid naveed
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City, Country: Dera ismail Khan, Pakistan

"Sir, i have done M.Ed and i heard that now M.Ed is considered as M.A Education, is it correct?"
Name: Sana
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City, Country: Islamabad, Pakistan

"Sir! Main ne pharm d ki hai mai educators ki job k lia apply kr skta hun kia?"
Name: Mohammad nasim
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City, Country: Layyah, Pakistan

"I have completed Bs(Electronic Engineering) From BUITEMS quetta, Can i am elligible for the post of SST Scinec In high School for math and physics?"
Name: Abshaar
Email: amjadsa119@gmail.com
City, Country: swat, Pakistan

"How can I get equivalence of B.Sc(hons.) agriculture Soil Science to M.Sc biology or chemistry from HEC. Plz help me any body. It is possible or not??"
Name: Iftikhar Ahmad Bhutta
Email: bhutta8318@gmail.com
City, Country: Sangla Hill, Pakistan

"Salam, sir i m M.Sc(hons) agri. in agronomy kiya main edu main sst k liye apply kar sakta hun ager han to kis subject main. Plz reply me.?"
Name: Iftikhar ud din
Email: Iudgandapur@gmail.com
City, Country: Kulachi, Pakistan

"I want to know about the merits of bs hons in maths. Plzzz upload it?"
Name: Aiza mehboob
Email: aabirah.fatima@yahoo,com
City, Country: Sadikabad, Pakistan

"I have recently completed Msc hons in plant breeding and genetics am i eligible to apply for lecturer in biology in ppsc or fpsc?"
Name: Waheed Aslam
Email: waheed.aslam1215@gmail.com
City, Country: Sargodha

"Are biochemistry students eligble to apply for ppsc lectrur of biology or zoology?"
Name: Lubna
Email: lubnanasar4@gmail.com
City, Country: Grw

"I want to know the starting date of BS four year degree programme in Pakistan.?"
Name: Asma
Email: ali2848@yahoo.com
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

"Sir i required an information about my first 4 semesters that i have done last year in my Bs(houns) is that are equal to graduation or not just lett me plzzz?"
Name: Muhammad Irfan
Email: irfanzaman108@gmail.com
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

"I had given fsc exam in premedical group now i want to do Bs hons plz give me information?"
Name: Jawad ahmed
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City, Country: Jhelum, Pakistan

"Asslam o alikum sir i have done fsc now and i want to study bs chemistry plz tell its is easy?"
Name: Aqsa marryam
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City, Country: Hasilpur

"Boss i wana take admission in bs ed plz tell me which type of book i will read mostly scince or arts?"
Name: Nommi ch
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City, Country: Hasilpur

"I do f.s.c now i wana do b.s hons in biochemistry my friends advise me u do b.s in zology or in botny which is best plzzz tell me as soon as possible?"
Name: Alishy
Email: janat.mughal567@gmail.com
City, Country: Sialkot, Pakistan

"This 4 year desgree prog is still not considered as Masters. I have done bs comp sci 4 yrs but when i apply in govt sector they try to find M in degree which is missing. Only foreign uni give value to number of years. This education system is a fraud. People who are hiring dont have knowledge. They just want M whether you have 2 yrs deg only. Its all shit system.?"
Name: Iqbal
Email: iqbalamir786@gmail.com

"Sir, want in the field of mathhematics and i want to complete B.s in mathematics. Please guide me and suitable university for my b.s in mathematics.?"
Name: Ehtasham Amjad
Email: shanigcj@gmail.com
City, Country: Jhang, PAKISTAN

"A candidate must hold master degree /MBA/Bsc Honours (4 year), did BE in Computer Engineering Can apply on that Post??"
Name: Muhammad Waseem
Email: sososofar@gmail.com
City, Country: Pakistan

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