HEC asks varsities not to use ‘doctor’ in BS degrees nomenclature without approval

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has instructed all universities and higher education institutions (HEIs) not to use title of “doctor” in their BS degrees nomenclature without getting prior approval from respective National Curriculum Review Committees (NCRCs) constituted by the HEC.
The HEC, in a circular, said some of the universities and HEIs were offering undergraduate degree programmes with the title of ‘doctor’ in their nomenclature without taking approval from the NCRCs, which was misleading the students, their parents and employers at large, who requested the HEC for clarifications.
“All the universities/ HEIs are hereby directed to stop further admissions in such programmes and withdraw their advertisements in newspapers as well as on their websites and social media platforms with immediate effect,” the circular added.
The HEC said it expected the universities to pay utmost attention and conscious efforts in ensuring complete observance of all applicable standards for providing quality education to students. “It is earnestly directed to refrain from offering such programmes which lead to ambiguity, false presumptions and confusion for students, their parents and employers,” it added.—APP

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