In the latest development, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan has once again made changes in the already controversial undergraduate and MPhil / PhD policies in a recent commission meeting.
According to sources at HEC, the commission meeting discussed more changes in the two years associate degree program (ADP), four-year Bachelor of Science (BS) programs and MPhil/PhD.
It is pertinent to mention here that during the tenure of the previous chairman of HEC Dr Tariq Banuri, a new policy for ADP, BS, MPhil and PhD was introduced which was widely criticized by academicians, vice chancellors, faculty members, and even the commission members of HEC.
However, as per the recent changes approved in the Commission meeting, the result of examinations of affiliated private and public colleges of universities will now be prepared in the CGPA system which was previously being prepared in grades.
Similarly, for the first time in Pakistan, a double major policy has been introduced in BS programs which means that a student can now have specialization in two subjects by attaining 168 credit hours.
For the MPhil and PhD, the passing marks for the entrance test have been increased to 60 percent for MPhil and 70 percent for PhD.
It was expected that the commission could change the undergraduate and PhD policies implemented by former Chairman Dr Tariq Banuri but no changes were made in his policies.