‘It is your life you are developing’
Educating youth of a society is like paving the path leading to disillusionment. It simply swabs out erroneous beliefs in the mind creating a clear concept about whatever we learn. In fact education shells out and the sooner we apprehend it's importance, the better will be our future. Contrary to what the recession and consequential depressed job market would have you believe, getting higher education becomes even more important in a tough economy. In today's job market, many employers look for individuals who have some kind of postsecondary education even for low-end clerical roles.
The higher your career aspirations, the higher should be your level of education. However an attempt is made to understand the urgency of an education system that goes well with the international standards thus filling in the gap created by the crippled education policy of the past regimes. So a forthright step has been taken by the Punjab Government to increase the two-year degree program to a four-year one, both in terms of the usefulness as well as the measures that should be considered by the government to implement policy successfully leading to a better and modern system. A well-educated work force is essential for economic growth.
The development (reform) of the education system is needed, both to give workers more transferable, marketable skills and to develop informed citizens, capable of participating actively in civil society BSc Honors is an accelerated degree program over four years. This BSc honors pathway studied in 4 years offers students an essential grounding in the knowledge and skills required to operate at a managerial level within industry. It offers foundation elements of a management program while giving a comprehensive overview of the changing environment at the work places.
In an uncertain economy, an honors degree could be the difference between an interview and a "thank you for applying" letter.
Recommendations for bringing about improvements in higher education by increasing the existing two-year degree program to a four-year one, is quite a welcome step. As a result, Pakistan finds itself lagging behind developing countries in South Asia such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and India both in terms of literacy as well as quality of education. This program has been introduced in 26 selected colleges. It is considered as the need of the day if we have to bring our youth at par with the modern era and to international standards. The present B.A/BSc degree has been steadily losing its credibility in the modern world. At present all B.A/BSc students have to repeat a 3-4 years in order to graduate at par with the rest of the world.
Ahead of the launch of the four-year BS (Honors) program, the Punjab Higher Education Department had notified boards of governors in all 26 colleges selected for the ambitious plan of imparting quality education to a large student body.
The 26 selected colleges in 12 districts have been attached to seven universities and both parties are working to formally affiliate colleges' four-year honors program. According to the breakdown, six colleges each have been attached with the Punjab University, the University of Gujrat and the Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan; and two colleges each with the Lahore College for Women University; the Islamia University Bahawalpur; the University of Sargodha and the Government College University, Faisalabad.
The management, proper implementation and evaluation of the whole system is being regulated by the Board of Governors. The BoGs will prepare rules and regulations for the programme.
The respective colleges' 16-member BoGs comprise nine official members and seven non-official members. The provincial education minister will be the chairman of all 26 selected colleges' BoGs, while the commissioner of the division concerned will act as BoG vice chairman in respective colleges in a division. The principal of the college concerned will act as secretary.
The BoGs non-official members include educationists, industrialists, philanthropists, retired judges, retired army personnel and retired bureaucrats The students of certain colleges with Honors Degree Program commented that constitution of boards of governors was a good step if they strived to improve academic standards while exploiting all resources except raising fees as feared by respective colleges' teachers.
They, however, admitted that the respective colleges and the higher education department had assured that no college would revise the fee structure and keep the fee for new market-driven disciplines like business and information technology in the same bracket. It is lot of confusion on the mind of the people and the concern student that what may be their degree will not be equal to master and more that we will must do ms of one year after this. It is the problem of our education system which is not able to properly announced the rule and regulation of education in Pakistan. "I think HEC should announce properly. By this the whole confusion will remove and also explain that after two years of BS we can take degree of Graduation and more that our MS will equal to M.Phil, which we will do in two years." was the statement of a student.
In the beginning the systems have hiccups but then again the Education Department has clearly tried to straighten the issues by stating that BSc Honors Degree is not equal to masters' degree infact the Master's Degree can be achieved one year after this. After two years of this program degree of graduation can be acquired and more that the MS will be equal to M.Phil which can be done in two years.
This program is more comprehensive and will enable the students to enhance skills, thus proving to be more effective in their respective fields. It is an internationally standardized degree program which focuses on the mainstream of subjects, updated knowledge, presentation skills, student -teacher relationship and much more awareness and confidence. As the first batch hit the job market it easily replaced the two year graduates due to strong communication, IT, and analytical skills. There is an emerging class differential between degree holders of the two versions which might accentuates in future, resulting in social unrest and educational apartheid. Semester system has undoubtedly edge over the annual system.
As this is a new launch strong administration is of key importance. Governance in the education sector has lately become one of the major concerns. Every single syllabus has been upgraded and re-done. The administration is well handled by the competent Board of Governors.
The Punjab Education and Training Institution Ordinance 1960 empower the Government to establish a Board of Governors for the efficient management and control of the academics and financial resources.