Thursday, 26 March 2015

Discrimination against Pakistani Educational Qualifications

Apparently, some universities around the world still do not know about the reformation of Pakistan's undergraduate programs from 2-year Bachelor programs to 4-year Bachelor programs. Consequently, they do not value certain 4-year Bachelors programs from Pakistan unlike they value 4-year Bachelor programs from other countries.

Below is a set of snapshots reproduced from an International Students Admission Guide for Master's programs by a reputable Canadian university:

Discrimination against Pakistani Educational Qualifications

The information stated therein indicates that the institution finds applicants with 4 years Bachelor degrees from India, Nepal, Namibia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Lesotho, Jordan, Kenya, Oman, Iraq, Israel, Ireland, Kuwait, Palestine, Oman, New Zealand, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Yemen, Zambia, and several other countries to be eligible for admission into its Master's programs if they meet the minimum overall standing.

However, ironically, the institution does not give the same weightage to a similar 4 years Bachelor degree from Pakistan. In fact, their website specifically states the following for Pakistan: "Bachelor plus Master OR B.Pharm, MBBS, B.Tech, B. Computer Science, B.Eng, B.Sc in Engineering, BArch (4 years)".

This implies that for Pakistan's educational qualifications, only a 4 years Bachelor technical degree like Engineering, B.Tech, MBBS, Computer Science, Pharmacy, or Architecture will be eligible for graduate admission. However, if an applicant has a non-technical Bachelors degree (no number of years specified), then the applicant should submit both a Bachelors transcript and a Masters transcript with the application documents.

Surprisingly, they do not acknowledge that a 4 years Bachelor program (BSc Honors) in Mathematics from one of the top-most universities of Pakistan, Lahore University of Management Sciences is a technical degree or meets their preliminary requirements for admission into a graduate field of study.

In view of this apparent discrimination between international evaluation of Bachelors programs from Pakistan and those from other countries, I feel that there is an honest lack of information about Pakistan's robust 4-year undergraduate programs.

To resolve this concern, I would strongly encourage educational institutions in Pakistan to:
1) communicate to their international counterparts the change from 2-year Bachelors programs to 4-year Bachelor programs in Pakistan, and
2) urge their international counterparts to re-assess Pakistan's 4-year Bachelors programs, and consequently revise admission criteria for applicants from Pakistan.

I believe that resolving such issues could facilitate Pakistani students in obtaining higher education oversees, and simultaneously improve the image of Pakistani educational qualifications in the international market.

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