Associate Degree Program which is also known as ADP is a four-semester or 2 years long program in Pakistan that is taken right after an intermediate or secondary school certificate. The associate degree program is awarded by different public and private colleges and universities around the country.
What is an Associate Degree Program in Pakistan and its Level
ADP is a post-intermediate academic degree that can be taken all over Pakistan after completing 12th grades such as FSc Pre-Medical and Pre-Engineering, ICS, ICOM and FA. ADP is equivalent to a B.A/BSc level graduate degree that is currently being offered in almost every university, college and academy in Pakistan.
Why Associate Degree Program
As per recent changes and announcement by HEC (Higher Education Commission of Pakistan) that 2 year’s bachelor's degree (BA) will be eradicated in favour of 4 year’s bachelor degrees. So, Associate Degree Program was introduced as a new addition in the Pakistani Education System to replace traditional and obsolete BA degree because of the large young population in Pakistan that used to enrol in BA (Bachelor of Arts) that has a very low market reputation and value.
ADP is inspired by The Community College Model that is successfully providing higher education in the USA, UK and other developed nations with promising stable career growth.
Associate Degree Program Scope in Pakistan
ADP is skill-oriented and specially designed to prepare the young generation of Pakistan to learn practical knowledge of market tactics and practices in minimum time which will then help earl entry into a professional environment and also helps fresh graduates to become entrepreneurs.
Moreover, ADP will help Pakistan to produce a highly-skilled workforce as per the standards of the international community colleges model in a minimum time span.
Difference between ADP and BS Four Year Degrees
- As ADP (Associate Degree Program) is a two-year degree with 4 semesters
- Helps you learn the basics of the selected field in less time hence you can start earning soon
BS Four Year
- BS Four Year Degree is an eight semesters long course
- Its syllabus covers basics to advance information
- Provides a job with a market competitive salary
ADP Areas of Studies
Following field of studies have been launched under Associate Degree Programs as per available infrastructure and equipment’s in the country
- Mass Communication i.e., Specialization in Media Studies
- Networking and Web Technologies
- Specialization in Accounting and Finance
- Fine Art i.e., Specialization in Textile Design, Graphics
- Sports & Physical Education
- Physical Therapy, Medical Lab Technology
- Drama, Music and Studio Art
In future more fields of study will be added.
Colleges and Universities offering Associate Degree Programs in Pakistan
With the recent announcement by HEC (Higher Education Commission) to eradicate BA (Bachelor of Arts) two-year degree is forcing almost every institute in Pakistan to provide ADP courses.
Following is the list of those institutes that are providing Associate Degree Programs in the above-mentioned fields
- University of Gujrat
- IBA (Institute of Business Administration)
- Riphah International University in Islamabad
- Punjab Group of Colleges
- Superior Group of colleges
- UMT (University of Management and Sciences)
- University of Lahore
- Government Colleges and Universities
- University of Punjab
- Sargodha University (University of Sargodha)
Associate Degree Program Eligibility and Requirements
Students willing to take admission in the Associate Degree Program must have Intermediate with at least 45% marks (DAE, A-Level, ICOM, ICS)
Award of Associate Degree
To be eligible for receiving Associate Degree it is compulsory for every student to complete at least 66 Sixty-Six credit hours along with a minimum CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) of 2.00 out of 4.
ADP Fee Structure in Pakistan
Associate Degree Program is designed in a way to provide higher education to the maximum young population of Pakistan with a very reasonable and affordable fee structure.
Government Universities and Colleges are offering ADP Courses from PKR 10,000 per semester to PKR 15,000.
While in Private Colleges and Universities in Pakistan are offering Associate Degrees in PKR 20,000 per semester to PKR 35,000 per semester maximum.
Online Associate Degree in Pakistan
As in Pakistan Distance Education or Distance Learning is growing by two major Universities Allama Iqbal Open University and the Virtual University of Pakistan that are offering the very affordable course, are also offering ADP (Associate Degree Programs).
Benefits of Online Degree
- Receiving Books/Study Material at Door Step
- No need to go to classrooms/campuses
- Video Lectures
- Online Workshops
- Work and Study together (If you are already working and wants to earn a graduate degree you can join AIOU or VU)
After learning about Associate Degree Programs in Pakistan you must have a question that should you take admission in ADP or not? Should you go for a 4 Year’s Bachelor Degree or a 2 Year Associate Degree? To answer these questions will be, it depends on individual person’s situation and willpower. ADP is a great initiative and will be very important not only for students but for the country in a long run.