Students with 16 years of education can now apply for admissions in a PhD degree, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan Chairperson Tariq Banuri said. This means students who have completed their Bachelor’s degrees can now opt for PhD directly, without acquiring a Master or MPhil degree. The new policy will be effective from January 1, 2021.
The new policy will not be fully applicable to already enrolled PhD students in universities, however, alumni may benefit from some sections of the policy.
Moreover, for the first time in the history of Pakistan, this policy has removed the requirement for doctoral students to pursue a PhD in their own discipline.
PhD students are also barred from leaving their home country for at least two years.
According to the notification, the requirement to send PhD dissertations to foreign experts for review will also be removed and pupils will now be allowed to send these for review to Pakistani academicians.
Source: The News