Sindh government to retain all 2-year degree programmes

Karachi: The Sindh government has decided to retain all degree programmes of a two-year duration offered by universities and degree-awarding institutions in the province.

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The Sindh government has made the decision to this effect against the policy of the Islamabad-based Higher Education Commission (HEC) to abolish two-year degree programmes being offered by institutions of higher education in the country to replace them with the four-year graduation degree.

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Speaking at a press conference, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, who is the Sindh chief minister’s adviser on universities and examination boards, said the Sindh government had decided to retain all the two-year graduation programmes in the province while exercising its right in accordance with the concept of provincial autonomy.

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He said the subject of higher education had been completely devolved to the provinces from Islamabad in accordance with the 18th Constitutional Amendment.

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He said the Sindh had constituted a provincial-level HEC to regulate the affairs of universities in the province in accordance with the concept of provincial autonomy.

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He said as such there was no need to retain the HEC at the federal-level when the provinces had constituted their own commissions to regulate the affairs of higher education in their respective domains.

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Ill-advised decision

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He said the Sindh had its own law for functioning of universities in the province empowering them to decide about the duration of the graduation programmes.

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Kuhro said the federal HEC’s decision to abolish the two-year degree programmes interfered with the autonomous functioning of the universities in the province.

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He said the ill-advised decision of the federal HEC would deny the opportunity of securing higher education to a large number of students in the province belonging to the lower and middle-income groups.

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He said the Sindh government would raise the issue about duration of the graduation programmes at the constitutional forum of the Council of Common Interests.

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