A lot of college students staged a sit-in outdoors the Governor Home, Karachi, to protest in opposition to the brand new Affiliate Diploma (AD) that has been launched by the Larger Training Fee of Pakistan (HEC).
The scholars additionally protested in opposition to the alleged irregularities within the Medical and Dental Faculties Admissions Check (MDCAT) that was lately performed by the newly-formed Pakistan Medical Fee (PMC).
The protesters held placards and shouted slogans in opposition to the PMC and demanded the instant restoration of its predecessor – the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC). In addition they known as for the cancellation of the MDCAT 2020 and demanded a retest beneath the PMDC.
The protestors need the HEC to restart the two-year diploma program as there are millions of college students who’re unable to finish the four-year diploma program on account of both monetary hardships and different causes.
In November, the HEC had directed all its affiliated schools and universities to discontinue the two-year bachelor’s diploma program, saying it will not acknowledge such packages undertaken after the educational yr 2018.
The HEC had first introduced early in 2019 that it will substitute the two-year B.A./B.Sc. program with the AD program.
What’s the AD Program?
The HEC had merely modified the nomenclature for the diploma to make it internationally acknowledged. Beneath the AD, two-year B.A. or B.Sc. levels will probably be prolonged to 4 years to offer broad-based training to college students together with experiential studying through skill-based programs.
After the completion of the AD, college students will probably be eligible to use to review within the fifth semester of the Bachelor’s packages of their selection following an analysis of their transcripts by the involved universities.