The Joint Admissions Scheme for Post-Secondary Institution's Courses (JASPIC) has been discontinued after six years of operation. Nancy Tong Lau Yuk-ling, Academic Secretary of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), said JASPIC would cease to operate after this academic year. Starting from 2000-2001, Form Seven students applying to both full-time degree and sub- degree programmes at PolyU and the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) should submit their applications through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS). JUPAS applicants will be given an extra five choices for sub- degree courses in addition to the present 20 choices for degree courses starting in 2000. PolyU president Professor Poon Chung-kwong had previously said that the university planned to tighten entry requirements for diploma courses from next year, making them dependent on A-level rather than HKCEE results. This had been agreed with CityU which also offers higher diploma and diploma courses. Mrs Tong said: 'With PolyU's and CityU's move to recruit A- level students for their full-time higher diploma programmes, the two universities consider it more convenient for seventh formers to incorporate their full-time sub-degree applications into JUPAS.' She believed that the new arrangement would enable students who could not secure a degree place to be informed immediately in the first and main rounds of the JUPAS selection process, whether they could get a sub-degree place instead. Therefore, students would not have to wait weeks while sub-degree applications were being processed separately through JASPIC. Currently, JASPIC results only come out after the HKCEE results in August, and JUPAS results for degree courses depend on the results of A-level exams released in July. Form Five applicants for full- time sub-degree programmes after the HKCEE in 2000 should apply directly to the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), which will announce details in December.