LAHORE - The Punjab Higher Education departments ambitious 4-year BS (Hons) programme has gained momentum with its wide acceptance among the students, TheNation learnt on Thursday. Over 15,000 students have secured admissions in 25 different disciplines of science, arts, commerce and IT. Almost all seats visualised by the authorities for each discipline to which the concerned universities granted affiliation, have been filled and the classes have started in full swing. The BS (Hons) programme was introduced in 26 colleges of the province, which also have been given administrative and financial autonomy to make their own decisions. This, however, does not mean that these colleges have been privatised or would be privatised at any later stage. The course outline for BS (Hons) recommended by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for universities has also been applied in the autonomous colleges. The universities have not simply granted affiliation but they have involved themselves in guiding and giving training to the college teachers in semester-based tutorial practices and also in the examinations. The amazing thing for the students who secured admission was the nominal tuition fee as there was no increase in the fee whatsoever in any college while this programme in public sector universities costs over Rs 44,000 per year and in private chartered universities over Rs 50,000 per semester. Besides students, the parents also showed keen interest in the programme. Those who failed to get admission in any job-oriented discipline in engineering universities, medical and commerce colleges for higher studies have found an opportunity do BS (Hons) in relevant subjects. It is equally job-oriented and students are happy after securing admission in BS (Hons), which is equivalent to MA and MSc. The students will be imbibed with quality education and professionalism enabling them to compete in the job market at home and abroad effectively.