Stakeholders reject HEC’s new PhD coverage


KARACHI:

Stakeholders together with lecturers and administrations of the private and non-private sector universities have strongly rejected the controversial new PhD coverage of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for its unilateral and arbitrary nature.

In a Vice Chancellors Committee assembly held on Friday in collaboration with British Council, 178 out of 180 members rejected the undergraduate and PhD insurance policies launched by the authority earlier this yr.

The vice chancellors expressed reservations and bemoaned the fee’s refusal to pay heed to suggestions advised by the stakeholders. They urged the HEC to drop its plans to place the coverage into impact and really helpful elimination of sure options from the coverage.

One of the general public college directors current on the assembly voiced issues that the undergraduate coverage stipulates internship as a compulsory requirement, stating the scholars can be reluctant to stick to any such adjustments. “They are not even willing to attach their pictures on the admission form,” he mentioned.

Responding to the sharp criticism, Shaista Ikram, govt director of the HEC, assured that the coverage can be resubmitted to the fee as per the calls for of the stakeholders, following which universities in Sindh could get the nod to proceed with the previous coverage for admission to programmes within the educational session 2022.

Similarly, the Association of Private Sector Universities of Pakistan (APSUP) additionally welcomed the rejection of latest undergraduate and PhD insurance policies.

According to a press launch, APSUP had equally conveyed reservations to senior administration of HEC in regards to the new undergraduate and PhD insurance policies in a letter on 14 December 2020.

“Based on seven countrywide consultation sessions, which were attended by 190 vice chancellors, senior academics and experts, recommendations were also communicated to HEC,” the discharge learn.

However, the association lamented that as an alternative of paying consideration all these essential suggestions have been ignored, including that the unilateral insurance policies weren’t aligned with floor realities, and weren’t in a position to yield a constructive affect.

It cautioned that except end-users and related stakeholders have been concerned from coverage formulation to implementation course of, the coverage won’t produce the specified outcomes.

“It is quite a misfortune that instead of reviewing and updating existing policies, after ten years, new policies are being introduced in the higher education sector by hired consultants without any proper consultation process, homework and provision of required resources and training,” the APSUP added.

The adjustments to the prevailing mechanism for PhD admission have been eliciting widespread sharp criticism from college students in addition to educational circles. In a historic first, the HEC’s coverage now stipulated that college students will be capable to pursue a PhD diploma in one other self-discipline if the coverage makes the minimize.

A significant side of the brand new coverage is that it permits candidates to undertake PhD research straight after 4 years of the BS programme.

Moreover, the coverage removes the requirement to ship PhD dissertations to overseas consultants for evaluation and dissertations can now be despatched to Pakistani consultants too for the aim. The most period of a PhD diploma will probably be eight years, with the minimal being three years.

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