Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations (FAPUASA) has prohibited the Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) revised Ph.D. new admission policy and has instructed MS / MPhil for admissions for a doctorate degree.
Universities Academic Staff Rejects HEC’s New Policy of PhD Admissions
In a landmark decision the HEC had presented 4-year BS programs a few years ago in phases while doing away with the MA and MSc programs in all public sector institutions of higher learning and research, a move that was not greeted by the federation of universities.
In a declaration on Tuesday, the FAPUASA vowed to resist such unilateral policies with full enthusiasm.
Before this rule, students were compulsory to have either an M.Phil or equivalent degree or two year post graduate teaching or research experience to apply for a Ph.D. degree in any Pakistani university.
The directive, while phasing out the M.Phil. programs had proclaimed to replace them with a six semester MS program replicating the practice in the US and European universities to bring our system at par with the first-world countries. The move was meant to help Ph.D. applicants apply to the American and European universities without responsibility their graduate programs first.
Dr. Hassan Mahmood President Academic Staff Association, Quaid-e-Azam University, lamented the HEC’s decision to scrap the condition of M.Phil. for Ph.D. admission without switching it with MS degrees.
HEC should have opted for MPhil/MS option. But, its new policy allows the direct admission of BS graduates into Ph.D. programs in all the disciplines in Pakistani universities.
The All Pakistan Universities Federation disagreed with the decision saying that it was made without taking higher education institutions and academia on-board.
As per their declaration, M.Phil. programs will become terminated which will be a great loss for the universities of Pakistan adding that the research productivity of the scholars will also decline considerably.
Masters and MPhil students are trained to undertake quality research work, reflected through their international research publications.
This knowledge helps our Ph.D. applicants secure scholarships in the high-ranking world universities, it added.
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