According to B.S degree program:
"University of Karachi initiated four years B.S program in 2007 to replace the 3 year honours programme. Masters Programmes have been abolished in departments where the B.S programme was initiated two years back. Candidates holding B.A. / B.Sc. / B.Com (pass) degree can get admission in B.S third year in these departments instead of masters programmes and after successful completion of 2 years of study, B.S degree will be awarded to these candidates. This B.S degree will be equal to the Masters degree under the previous system. Admission to M.Sc will be offered only in departments that have no B.S program"
In 2009 when i got admission in KU in B.S (from third year)I felt myself lucky to get education on international standards.I was excited to avail a degree which will be recognized by the whole world.In short I welcomed this change.Soon after the session was started,I realized things are not the way i was expecting.University has extended the duration of graduation but there is scarcity of qualified teachers and class rooms for the new courses introduced.Administration also has failed to pay teachers efficiently.
Moreover,there lies also a threat for future of the students coming from colleges and seeking admission in B.S from third year,as Masters program was earlier abolished.They already are coming after spending two years in colleges and already have B.A/B.Sc degrees in hand.After successfully completing two years of B.S they will get yet another degree of graduation.Confusing isn't it?When such students go out in the field for jobs,due to lack of awareness authorities exclaims a big "WHAT?" as if they doubts their degrees and qualification.Some people say that its injustice to reward 4years B.S degree to the students who join B.S just for two years.Students themselves are not happy with this situation as well.I also have experienced that all that glitters isn't gold.
KU lacks long term planning.Therefore such mishap happens.I personally think there should be a uniform method of education in the whole country.When all universities are running B.S/M.S programs quite successfully then why does KU fail?There can be many reasons but the most important reason is to completely abolish masters program.Students coming from colleges should have the option of joining Masters program while the rest should be welcomed to B.S.Only slowly and gradually M.A/M.Sc program should be stopped.
If you are a KU student,old or are currently getting education from KU then do share your views and concerns.
P.S Author is going at long leave from blogging due to shifting in Lahore from Karachi.