Where is our education system heading?

By Furrukh Sham, TMM2

4-year degree equivalent to masters

The Higher Education Commission has recognized all bachelor degrees awarded after four years or eight semesters of studies as equivalent to MA or MSc degree……..The decision will be applicable to the purpose of employment to BPS-17 and for higher education.

The degrees are: BE or BSc engineering, BSc (Hons) agriculture, B. Pharmacy, MBBS, BS(CS), BS(IT), BBA (hons) and LLB. http://www.dawn.com/2006/01/22/nat31.htm

Is this press release by the HEC tantamount to the claim that our university system has become so progressive and developed that by only doing 8 semesters in any of the respective fields, a student will become a master of that field? What’s more, as this decision is also valid for the purpose of higher education as well so it is also going to increase the number of PhDs per annum! (May be that is one of the tactics used by the HEC to meet the educational ‘reform’ targets!)

By the way don’t get so chuffed folks; this joke is only applicable in Pakistan. The master’s degrees granted as such will not be internationally recognized in the similar way. We all know how most of the students at the undergraduate level earn their degrees completing all the required ‘course work’, ‘assignments’ and so on, not to mention the ‘wonderful’ research that is carried out to complete the dissertations at the end of the four years.

I am dumbfounded; feel aghast and I wonder what good is that going to bring to us…the students of TIP. The state of education, faculty, ‘research’ facilities like laboratories and library at TIP is no hidden secret. Is our curriculum regularly updated to remain abreast with current developments in the field of textile and business? We do seem to have the infrastructure and resources but are we putting them to proper usage? Most of the students would rather plagiarize than to put their own thoughts in to the work and both students and teachers are responsible for this behavior in their own ways. This attitude has become a kind of syndrome that infests the air. One feels indifference and even antipathy that broils within everyone but people seem least bothered to come forward and change things and hence drag along.

So how do we deserve to be awarded a master’s degree? Do we have the aptitude? What are the measures that have been taken by the HEC to ensure that only those institutes and universities are able to grant degrees that maintain certain standards and provide students with appropriate facilities? Further more where does are beloved TIP stand in all this?

In my opinion, this is a feeble and pathetic attempt by the HEC to veil the deficiencies of the education system that is prevailing in the country and its inability to curb the worsening situation.

One Reply to “Where is our education system heading?”

  1. There seems to be some ambiguity in what Dawn’s stated. Are all 4 year degrees considered equivalant to Masters or just those listed.

    Your concern makes sense. One should attain a certain level of insight to be eligable for doctrate and I don’t think it’s possible in four years with the existing system.

    There should be some sort of monitoring system enforced but then again can one even trust that?

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