The Higher Education Commission (HEC) Islamabad has released details of credit and non-credit hours for practical education, internships, and general education (GE), including thematic studies under the Undergraduate Policy 2020.
According to the HEC, in order to develop the ability to write effectively, students must take a quantitative reasoning and demonstration writing course. When it comes to Practical Learning, students will have the option to choose from entrepreneurship, youth clubs, or sports. Pakistan and Islamic studies will be made compulsory under the GE section.
In addition, the HEC has made internships ‘mandatory’ for four-year and five-year degree programs. However, the internship will be unreliable and their scores will not be shown in grades.
Following consultation and approval from relevant stakeholders, the above changes will be incorporated into the curriculum of four-year and five-year professional graduate programs.
HEC has also divided undergraduate programs into five categories. A four-year arts and science degree, a four-year professional degree, a five-year professional degree, a four-year degree with councils, and a two-year associate’s degree.
For four-year BS programs, students will need to complete 120 credit times to earn degrees. During the four-year program, they will have to learn at least 40 courses of three credit hours. 120 credit hours will be divided into 30 credit hours per year and 15 cm credit hours per year, meaning students will have to take five courses each semester.
The HEC also ranks undergraduate degrees based on three components. The first is GE, the second is related to discipline, and the third component is based on practical education.
Students will be required to choose two courses from three broad GE subjects. Arts and Humanities, National Science, and Social Sciences. GE will account for 39 of 39 out of 120 credits in the four-year bachelor’s program.
Students will be required to take 13 GE courses during the first four semesters of the undergraduate degree. Failure in any of these curricula hinders student progress in the fifth semester.
Regarding non-credit activities, the HEC has made a 9-week internship ‘mandatory’ for all undergraduate students after the first four semesters.
Students can apply for internships in government agencies, local government, autonomous agencies, government agencies, businesses, educational institutions and NGOs.
Students will also be required to choose a business, youth club, or sports facility under non-credit activities.