26 Colleges’ Starts Honors Degree Program This Year
Lahore, 26 colleges of Punjab province will admit students in 4 years honors programs of BA/BSc in this year as they have been given self-regulation.
The president of Professors and Lecturers Association Dr Zahid Sheikh said, they will protest against the beginning of 4 years honors programs and the self-regulation of colleges. He further said they would not allow to sale the admission forms in respective colleges.
26 colleges were given self-regulation and started the 4 years programs including M.A.O. College, Science College, Islamia College Civil Lines, and Islamia College for women Cooper Road, Samanabad and Gulberg colleges for women.
The Punjab higher education department planned to launch four to five honors degree programs, including one information technology related program in 26 colleges in the month of June. It has made sensitive to the principals of the respective colleges to evaluate their necessities in terms of laboratories, libraries and human resources to launch these programs.
The Higher Education Council, represented by vice-chancellors of various universities, was held meeting on Tuesday (June 22) to decide the execution of the BS (Honors) programs in the selected colleges from the next academic session.
In the meanwhile, the higher education department is asking the relevant colleges’ principals and directors as well as commissioners and district coordination officers to suggest names of persons, who can be nominated as members of the BoGs. “The proposed BoGs will be able to take immediate decisions in educational matters including hiring of eligible faculty members. They will also be given powers to produce revenue,” says higher education secretary Ahad Khan Cheema.
He, however, said the BoGs would not be able to generate resources from students’ fees because they would not be authorised to enhance tuition fees. “The selected colleges’ proposed BoGs’ financial worries had already been eased out by working out salary cost for new teachers and allocated Rs250 million for this purpose. Around Rs10 million will be given as an additional grant along with the existing budget to each of the selected 26 (16 boys and 10 girls) colleges,” Mr Cheema said.
Punjab higher education department already adopted the Higher Education Commission (HEC) courses and decided that internal and external evaluation system would be implemented. The Higher Education Council’s sub-committee headed by Prof Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin had already agreed that the internal assessment of honors degree program students would have 40 per cent weightage, while the external evaluation by affiliating university would have weightage of 60 per cent.
Though the higher education secretary says that the selected 26 colleges in 12 districts had Ph.D and M.Phil faculty members, the Affiliation Committee of the Punjab University (PU) had inspected 19 out of 26 colleges for the launch of one honors degree programs each and reported that 10 colleges did not require labs for proposed honors programs in the subjects of English, Urdu, Islamic Studies, economics and political science. The remaining nine colleges, where honors programs in chemistry, physics, mathematics, botany, zoology, psychology and mass communication had been proposed for launching, needed massive up gradation of infrastructure. Similarly, 14 colleges needed more faculty members for the launch of honors programs.
In case of launching four to five honors programs in the selected 26 colleges, PU sources said every college would be required to especially upgrade its all facilities including classrooms, labs, equipment, libraries and faculty.