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Lahore Colleges Admission formalities vex students

Admission formalities vex students
Lahore, Aug 11, 2008: Students have long been facing a lot of hassle owing to frivolous requirements like that of a character certificate and attestation of forms at the time of admission to the colleges.

The innocent students have to prove their "character" by obtaining a certificate from their previous place of learning while attestation of different forms including matriculation certificates, photographs and other documents is another hectic job for them.

Usually, a BS-17 or a higher scale officer is authorised to attest these forms and there is no doubt students have to put in great efforts to get their documents attested. Nonetheless, it is generally observed that the requirement of character certificate or attestation of forms is merely a formality.

It is a prevalent reality that sometimes students have to grease the palm of officials involved in issuance of character certificates. A number of admission-seeking students expressed reservations regarding demand of character certificate and attested documents by private and government colleges for admission. Most of them were of the view that the requirements were merely a waste of time. "Why a student needs to produce a character certificate for admission to a college," questioned Muzammil Mushtaq, a student.

He was of the view that if the document was issued to all the students who passed the exam from a particular school than what was the difference among the students. "My school issued the same certificate to all those seeking admissions to colleges after doing their matriculation," he said adding, "This shows it (the certificate) is only waste of time for the students."

He further said, "No one exactly knows since when the practice is being followed by the colleges," adding, "Marks obtained can tell a lot about a particular student." Another student, Raheel, said that instead of accepting attested photocopies of documents, the colleges should verify the original documents once a student succeeded to get admission.

He said this would be a great service to students, as they had to suffer a lot during the whole process.

He said the attestation of forms and requirement of character certificate were not only problems for students especially female ones but also for their parents who had to accompany them most of the time during the admission season.

Senior educationist, Sabahat Hussain Naqvi, who teaches at a local government college, said the students had to face a lot of hassle in order to fulfil such requirements.

According to him, the documents like character certificate have no value. "This is totally a useless requirement and a waste of time," he said, adding only original certificates of a student should be verified if he or she succeeded to secure the admission.

Academic circles demand the government to review the matter terming it an old practice, which needs to be amended with the passage of time.

They are of the view that ground realities should be realised to provide maximum facilities to the students instead of creating problems for them.

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"Regarding, character Certificate Domicile, photos,and other Edu,documents,colleges demand of these credentials is based on the requirments of the boards for further registration of the candidate.the solution lies in the procedure,wont it be feasible if boards declaring results also verify the address,distt province, and character of the boy provided by the college at the time of his registration, once avoiding all extra burden of the student."
Name: sajjad
Email: sajjad_samad@yahoo.com
City, Country: nwfp.pakistan

"You are right.The main purpose of the story was to highlight the issue.Hope the authorities may ease the burden and facilitate the admission-seeking students."
Name: Khalid Khattak
Email: lachvee@gmail.com
City, Country: Lahore.pakistan

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61 pc students against student politics: survey
Lahore: A survey claims that more than six out of every 10 students (61.2 percent) in the public sector universities are not in favour of student politics.

The survey conducted by Bargad, a national youth forum based in Gujranwala, says that 72.3 percent students want that student organizations should not be allowed to affiliate with the political parties.

According to author of the survey, Iqbal Haider Butt, at least 68.9 students welcomed the lifting of ban on the student unions while majority of them were blank and unaware of the situation of the student-politics before union ban in 1984.

According to other key results of the national survey, the 42.2 percent students believed students should not take part in national politics and political movements, neither in individual nor collective capacity, while 49.8 percent students supported such participation.

Only 28.1 students indicated that the mainstream political parties should have their student wings while 57.9 percent opposed the student wings of political parties.

The survey further revealed that 77.1 percent students believed it important that universities administration should impose a strict Code of Conduct on the student organizations while two-third students were also in favour of banning those student organizations which promoted sectarian, religious, gender, caste or racial discrimination through their literature and actions. The News

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PU declares results of various exams
Lahore: The Punjab University Examination Department has declared the results of a number of examinations. According to a press statement, these exams include BSc (Hons) Physics (Semester System), Session 2002-2006, MSc Environmental Science (Semester System), Session 2003-2005, MSc Mathematics (Semester System), Session 2005-2007, MPhil Physics (Semester System), Session 2003-2005, MPhil Islamic Studies (Semester System), Session 2005-2007, MPhil Islamic Studies (Semester System), Session 2004-2006, MPhil Persian (Semester System), Session 2004-2006, MA Pakistan Studies (Semester System), Session 2005-2007, MA Education (Elementary), Session 2004-2006, MA Education (Elementary), Session 2005-2007, MA Education (Secondary), Session 2004-2006, MA Education (Education Administration), Session 2007-2008, Master of Education (General), Session 2004-2005. Detailed results are available at the PU website www.pu.edu.pk. The News

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UHS VC misleading CM, say lawmakers
Lahore: As the controversy over establishment of medical universities in the province is gaining momentum, a PML-N MNA and two MPAs have written letters to Punjab Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif, telling him that Vice-Chancellor University of Health Sciences (UHS), Dr Malik Hussain Mubbashar was misleading the CM and providing him wrong information on the issue.

They have conveyed the Punjab CM that UHS Vice-Chancellor was disseminating information about medical education without thorough investigation and proper study, which, they said, was highly misleading.

In their separate letters to the chief minister, all three public representatives - MNA Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, MPAs Dr Saeed Elahi and Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman - informed the CM that the UHS Vice-Chancellor Dr Malik Hussain Mubbashar was creating controversy by misleading him about the ground realities on health issues like the number of medical universities operating in the province of Sindh.

It is pertinent to mention here that there are two medical universities in Punjab, and the government is considering a proposal to set up more such universities, especially in southern Punjab. The Vice-Chancellor, UHS, however, is opposing the move, allegedly because he wants to have monopoly over medial education. He is also stated to be a strong opponent of King Edward Medical University.

Earlier, the UHS Chairman in his letter addressed to the Secretary, chief minister on July 29, 2008 had informed that some legislators were misguiding the CM about the number of public medical universities in Sindh. He had further wrote in the said letter that total number of medical universities in Sindh was two, an information which has now been challenged by the parliamentarians.

While, according to the contents of the letters of the MNA and two MPAs, the actual number of private and public medical universities in Sindh, was eight and all were being funded by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). They said that the 'worthy' VC UHS was totally ignorant about the facts regarding the medical education in Pakistan and he deliberately ignored the six other private and general universities, which are also imparting medical education in their attached medical colleges.

They said that UHS Chairman was disseminating information on health issues without properly investigating and studying despite the fact that he was holding a key post in a major medical institute. They said that the UHS Chairman and his some 'cronies', mainly belonging to private medical colleges and private companies are against the setting up of new medical universities and wanted their monopoly in the field of medical education.

MPA Dr Saeed Elahi in his letter informed that eight health universities were functional in Sindh. He said that the UHS Chairman was creating disharmony, which could result in a lot of controversy between the elected representatives and the provincial government. He said the Punjab province needed more public and private sector medical universities. The number of health universities in Punjab was too short as compared to the Sindh, because of Sindhis' zeal to get quality medical education.

Earlier, in the letter to the Chief Minister's Principal Secretary, the UHS Vice-Chancellor Dr Malik Hussain Mubbashar had informed, "During an inspiring meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, some members misinformed him about the number of Public Sector Health Universities in various provinces of Pakistan".

The UHS chairman claimed that only two public sector health universities were operating in Sindh and one in NWFP, being funded by the HEC. He said the members misinformed the CM that the HEC was funding to around eight medical universities in Sindh.

"These letters should clarify the incorrect information being provided to Chief Minister as well as to the Media. This is for record so that the Chief Minister is informed accordingly", the UHS Chairman said.

MNA Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in his letter told the Chief Minister, "Participants including the undersigned in the meeting mentioned about the number of universities in Sindh imparting medical education. The number quoted in the meeting was 07, which in fact is 08, as recently the government of Sindh has raised the status of two more medical colleges, giving them status of medical universities. They include: Chandka Medical University and Woman Medical University Nawabshah. It is pertinent to mention here that some of these universities are general universities with medical college as their constituent college. Therefore these universities have equal chances to get the funding for the projects from HEC".

He further informed that the HEC is open to provide funds to Public and Private Universities, which qualify the criteria and LUMS and Agha Khan Universities are already getting heavy amount and others are in line to use this window.

"It is therefore requested that the Vice-Chancellor UHS may be directed to refrain from writing such letters without thorough investigation and study of the matter," the MNA asked the Chief Minister in his letter. The Nation

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PBTE students unhappy with 'average' score
Lahore: Commerce students whose papers were lost on June 6 are unhappy with the results the PBTE announced on July 31. From the 983 students whose papers had been lost, 905 passed with an 'average' score, calculated from the score they had secured in earlier exams. Many students, including those who failed and those who were not happy with the score given to them, protested in front of the Punjab Assembly (PA) on Friday and shouted slogans against the PBTE chairman. PA Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmed, who was chairing a PA session at the time, sent three MPAs, led by Nadeem Kamran, to hear the students' complaints. The committee assured the students that the matter would be resolved and briefed the PA deputy speaker on it. Daily Times

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