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New college admission system irks students
Karachi, Aug 09: The new Centralised Admission Policy (CAP) of applying for colleges online has become the cause of worry and frustration among students and parents. Several educationists, too, have shown their concern over it.

Prof Feroze Siddiqui, president of the Sindh Professors Lecturers Association (SPLA), said the new system was not only complicated but the website from where the form were to be downloaded did not even open easily.

SPLA also pointed out that this computerised admission system didn't exist in any of the other provinces. "We don't understand why this new experiment had to be done here," read a press release issued by the professors' body on Wednesday.

Meanwhile other people have also complained about the new system. Dawn got several phone calls from confused students about the website not opening or how to access it. Some students who were able to access it wondered about getting a confirmation about their applications. Many students also said that they didn't have computers at home and going to a shop to get the forms printed also cost extra. Some also said that the bank, Sindh Bank, where they were supposed to submit the forms, didn't have a branch in their areas. All said they were calling a newspaper office because there was no claim centre to address their problems.

Haider Ali, president of the Peak Private Schools Management, said the system seemed out of place in a country where most colleges didn't have computers, printers or the internet. Wondering what prompted such a step, he said that if it was done to stop admission forms from being sold in black, the Education ministry in Sindh should already be aware that this never happened because the forms were available without any hassle from the banks.

"It is also impossible to say that this has been done to prevent corruption of billions of rupees as there were only 60,00,000 forms printed each year. And even if we consider some minor form of corruption in the matter, how can they punish 100,000 students for it?" he said.

"It would be better to make the online form an option while also making them along with the prospectus available from the banks. To compensate for the time lost in confusion over how to access the form, it is also recommended to extend the deadline by another 20 days. And a centre for claims should also be set up."

On being contacted over the matter, the director general of colleges, Sindh, and chairman of the CAP committee, Prof Dr Nasir Ansar, said that looking at the students' problems in filling the forms online, they had decided to print the prospectuses and forms. "It is still required to fill the forms online, but now the students can submit it the old way and we will ourselves do it for them online. Those who can do it themselves though should do it and submit a copy of the filled form in the bank so that they can get a receipt from there," he said.

As for the absence of Sindh Bank branches in certain areas, the DG said students should at least make an effort to reach a branch of the bank where they could find it as they only had to do it just once.

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Teachers reject new admission policy
Karachi: Teachers' organisations have demanded immediate withdrawal of the newly introduced college admission policy and called for replacing it with an "easy and corruption-free" policy.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Tanzeem-e-Asatza Pakistan, Sindh, President Abu Hamid Aazmi and President Higher Education Forum Professor Mazhar Hussain rejected the introduction of computerized admission forms and said that majority of students did not have the facility of computers and they had to bear expenses of internet cafes to fill their admission forms.

The education department's policy of rejecting an admission form due to any mistake and not giving a substitute form would create problems. They said the old system of admission was based on corruption but the government had replaced it with another inefficient system. Instead of changing admission systems, the education department should end widespread corruption.

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New college admission policy castigated
Karachi: The Taleem Bachao Action Committee (TBAC) on Monday criticised the new college admission policy for the academic session 2014-15 named the Sindh E-Centralised College Admission Programme (SECCAP).

The SECCAP facilitates students in seeking admissions to government-run colleges and higher secondary schools of the metropolis.

TBAC Convener Anis-ur-Rehman, General Secretary Abdul Rehman Khan and other members of the committee questioned the changes made in the newly introduced policy.

The new admission policy for the academic session 2014-15 has replaced the old Centralised Admission Policy (CAP) devised in 2000 for admissions to class XI at 133 colleges and 25 high schools in Karachi.

According to the SECCAP, students could download admission forms, as the service was activated on Monday.

The authorities have introduced an online application system for the first time, and they have renamed and reframed the policy as SECCAP.

Terming the officers of the provincial educational department involved in making these changes as "anti-education", the TBAC representatives said the "changes were made without any thoughtful process".

They claimed that the officers were trying to make the system more complex and difficult for the students and parents by working on such an agenda that would produce no fruitful results in the education sector.

The steering committee met on February 14 and the minutes of that meeting were released during another meeting held on March 6, till which time it was certain that admissions for Intermediate classes would take place under CAP, they added.

The TBAC stressed that as per the law, no changes could be made at any stage unless and until the steering committee had decided on the modifications. They said the decisions taken by the committee could not be overruled or amended by anyone.

They said that there was a large number of students who could not avail the online service and there were chances that such candidates could not get admissions in colleges or high schools. "CAP was appreciated by students and parents, as it was an easy option for them."

The TBAC demanded that the education department should facilitate the students and their parents, and avoid taking decisions that could be challenged in the court.

This year 530 less admissions would be given in six faculties as compared to last year. In the previous academic session 103,480 admissions were given, while this year 102,950 seats were available in the six faculties.

As per the official announcement, around 38,240 seats were available for the commerce group, 24,935 for pre-engineering, 18,780 for humanities, 18,695 for pre-medical, 1,700 for computer science and 600 for home economics.

The deadline of August 18 had been set for candidates to download the admissions brochure.

They have to fill in their application forms for the six available faculties by visiting the relevant section at the education department's website (www.sindheducation.gov.pk/SECCAP).

CAP was headed by Sindh Director General of Colleges Prof Dr Nasir Ansar and he would also chair the system that would run under the SECCAP.

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SSUET entrance test on Sept 28
Karachi: The entrance test for admissions to Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) would be held on September 28.

The test will be held at the Karachi Expo Centre, the university announced on Thursday. Model test papers have been made available with the branches of private banks operating within the varsity premises.

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Air War College convocation held
Karachi: The convocation ceremony of the 27th batch of air war course at the Pakistan Air Force Air War College was held on Friday.

The ceremony was also attended by the PAF chief, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt.

The Chief of Air Staff congratulated the graduating officers on the successful completion of the course.

He said the knowledge and skills acquired at the Air War College would assist the officers in effective contribution towards the requirements of national security.

Earlier, Air Vice-Marshal Farooq Habib, during his welcome address, gave details of the different phases of the programme; each customised to meet requirements of modern warfare.

Officers from 13 allied countries – Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Turkey and UAE – were among the graduates. The news

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Sindh University syndicate approves new appointments
Hyderabad: The 188th meeting of the Syndicate of  University of Sindh Jamshoro presided over by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Abida Taherani has approved the Budget 2014-15 of the university.

According to university spokesman, the meeting also sanctioned the  appointments of 12 Professors as Directors/Chairpersons of Centers/ Departments for the next three years and approved the 10 percent rise in admission fee which will be charged from the students of the university and its affiliated campuses in the new academic session. In order to overcome the huge expenses, the Syndicate also approved 10 per cent increase in fee of migration, degree, equivalence and other certificates.

The meeting also approved the pre-mature increment for the employees of Grade 1 to Grade 4. The meeting also approved the proposal of extending the duration of foreign scholarship from three years to four years for the faculty members. It also restored the independence status of centre for rural development communication (CRDC).

The meeting sanctioned 10 percent Ad-hoc Relief in the salaries of all the employees, pension, conveyance allowance and provision of leave encashment. The Syndicate also approved the appointment of Prof. Dr. Rizwana Chang as Director Institute of Media Studies and Communication, Dr. Lachhman Das as Director Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Dr. Muhammad Khan Sangi as Director of Institute of English Language and Literature, Dr. Akhtar Mughal as Director Institute of Physics, Dr. Muhammad Bux Burdi as Chairman Department of Public Administration, Dr. Saima Shaikh as Chairperson Department of Sociology, Dr. Shamim Akhtar as Chairperson Deparetment of Social Work, Dr. Hafiz Munir Ahmed as Chairman Department of Comparative Religion and Culture, Dr. Yasmeen Iqbal as Director Institute of Physical Education, Dr. Ghulam Asghar Maka as Chairman Department of Microbiology, Dr. Nasreen Memon as Chairperson Department of Zoology and Ghulam Ali Jareko as Director Sustainable Development Study Centre (SDSC). Daily times

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