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September 2 new deadline for college admissions
Karachi, Aug 28: The deadline for submitting admission forms under the new Sindh E-Centralised College Admission Programme (SECCAP) has been extended for the fourth time, announced its chairman Prof Dr Nasir Ansar.

Ansar, who is also the director-general of colleges in Sindh, said the last date for the submission of online and manual placement forms to the designated branches of Sindh Bank for admissions to Class XI in the government colleges of Karachi had been extended to September 2 from August 28.

The online system was introduced on July 27 but later it was made optional following protests by students and parents over the cumbersome procedure for applying for a place in colleges.

It aims to eventually replace the Centralised Admission Policy, which had been devised in 2000 for admissions to Class XI.

Under the new admission policy, candidates have to fill out the admission form online, print it out and then submit it to the nearest branch of Sindh Bank.

The authorities require from the candidates to download the brochure and then select the colleges they want to study in. Once filled out and submitted, the choices mentioned cannot be changed or reverted.

The form has to be submitted with a fee of Rs60, and photocopies of the admit card and the mark sheet. The news

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ICAP opens satellite office
Karachi: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) inaugurated its satellite office in Gujranwala on Wednesday. ICAP President Naeem Akhtar Sheikh inaugurated the newly developed office said a press release, further adding that the institute decided to exploit this area of opportunity solely for the privilege of our valued members, students and the profession of Chartered Accountancy adding to the existing network of 7,000 members and 20,000 registered students. Daily times

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Online college admission system tests everyone's patience
Karachi: Hundreds of aspiring candidates and their parents protested outside the education secretariat on Wednesday against the new college admission policy, the Sindh E-Centralised College Admission Programme (SECCAP).

They demanded from the Sindh governor and the chief minister to intervene in the matter to replace the "useless" online system.

They called for bringing the old CAP system back under which admissions forms could be obtained and submitted directly at bank branches.

The parents and students criticised education secretary Fazalullah Pechuho for having favoured a certain bank which had only 50 branches across the city, with most of them being in district South. They claimed that finding the bank branch in another part of the city was difficult and was made more cumbersome by the callous attitude of its staff.

The Sindh Bank, authorised to collect SECCAP forms does not operate in areas including Orangi, Shah Faisal Colony, Surjani and North Karachi. There is hardly one branch each on Malir and Landhi areas, besides a couple of others in Korangi, considered to be the most-populous areas of the city.

Parents and students were angry having to pay between Rs200 and Rs300 first to get the admission form printed and then pay another Rs60 as bank services. Under the old system the whole process cost them only about Rs60.

Though the education department had decided to put out brochures for sale - as it does every year from Monday, the Sindh Bank does not have enough branches in the city to cater to thousands of students seeking admission in colleges and higher secondary schools.

The tedious logistics
Since its induction earlier this year, the new admission policy has been widely criticised by parents, teachers, students and educationists alike who argue that it makes seeking admission in government institutions more difficult.

Under the new online application system, students had to fill out and submit the form online.

This move caused widespread uproar because a large number of students seeking admission in government institutions do own or operate computers, they have to seek outside help.

The education department then decided that students could print out the forms from the website but then submit at branches of Sindh Bank.

They can either submit their applications online or a print out at the bank branch, not both.

However, the students complain that clerks at colleges ask for bribes while Photostat shops charged more than their usual rates.

In its attempt to mitigate the situation and 'help' the students, Sindh education minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro had extended the deadline for submission of admission forms by three days, from August 22 to August 25. The minister had claimed that the decision had been taken to facilitate students facing difficulties going about the new admission policy.

This was the second three-day extension in the deadline. The original deadline for submitting admission forms had been August 18.

Admissions to colleges and higher secondary school began about 22 days ago, so far various branches of the Sindh Bank have received around 44,000 forms under the SECCAP.

Till last year, out of the more than 100,000 available forms, almost a quarter, nearly 25,000 were submitted from areas including Orangi, Korangi, Landhi, Malir and Shah Faisal Colony, where the Sindh Bank does has only about four branches. Students from these areas now have to run to other parts of the city for their college admission.

A total of 102,950 seats are up for grabs in six faculties: around 38,240 seats in commerce, 24,935 in pre-engineering, 18,780 in humanities, 18,695 in pre-medical, 1,700 in computer science and 600 seats in home economics group.

On the other hand, till last year banks used to submit daily reports of the number of forms received to the colleges' directorate and the figures used to be shared with the media and relevant authorities. But this year, the bank seems to be keeping the information to itself and no one really knows how many forms have been sold or submitted.

Brains behind SECCAP
The education department's additional secretary for general administration, Rehan Baloch, who is said to be the right hand of education secretary Pechuho - known to his peers as a "one-man show" - is rumoured to be the person behind the introduction of the online admission system. However, both the education secretary and Baloch are on leave and unavailable to comment over the matter.

However, before their departure both had claimed that the old Centralised Admission Policy (CAP) was leading to embezzlement of more than Rs70 million and this was why it had become necessary to revise the system of college admissions.

The old CAP system had been devised in 2000 to "put an end to the culture of bullying and political interference" but no audit was ever conducted in this regard. Last year, the total collections from the sale of admission forms (hardcopies of college application forms) was around Rs6 million, out of which Rs2.6 million was paid to Pakistan Security Printing Corporation Limited, Rs1.2 million to Board of Secondary Education Karachi and Rs1 million were spent in lieu of other expenditures.

The Habib Bank Limited used to receive Rs25 per form but then tender for services was then awarded to Meezan Bank which collected Rs12 per form. Now the Sindh Bank receives Rs11 on the sale of each college admission form.

Baloch has been holding four posts, including two as chairman of purchase committees of Sindh Education Foundation and the provincial education department and planning and development and chairman of the Sindh Teachers' Education Development Authority. Though he was also promoted to grade-21, he was reverted to his old position on court orders.

SECCAP violates laws
The education department's steering committee had met earlier this year and had decided that college admission this year would be held under the CAP system.

According to law, no changes could be made at any stage until and unless approved by the steering committee itself. The decisions taken by this committee of education experts and officials are not to be overruled or amended.

The CAP system used to be supervised by director-general of colleges in Sindh, Prof Dr Nasir Ansar, who is now a "dummy chairman" of the new online admission policy. Sources said that he and his 17-member team were completely sidelined while deciding to implement the new college admission system.

According to the committee, for this very reason, it did not hold the customary press conference this year to announce the schedule of admissions and the procedure a practice that has been maintained since 2000.

"We have been receiving directions by the Sindh provincial education secretariat and we are following them. We do not know what they want to do," they claimed.

Meanwhile, office bearers of the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association said that education secretary Pechuho was a one-man show, unaware of ground realities. "This cannot be tolerated at all. It will cause great damage to the province's education system," they said.

Words of advice
The parents protesting outside the education secretariat on Wednesday advised Pechuho to guide the education policy rather than enforcing unilateral decisions. They were of the view that the regional director colleges should have been given the authority of dealing with college admissions and decisions should be made in public interest.

They said the new SECCAP system was full of errors and had been brought into effect without doing proper homework.

Meanwhile, educationists also believed that the online system of submitting college applications in Karachi had been a complete failure.

The Sindh education department should study the causes of its failure and gradually introduce new methods after consulting with education experts to the avoid mess which has been created this year, said officials the Sindh Professors and Lecturers' Association, Sindh Teacher's Forum, Government College Principals Association and Taleem Bachao Action Committee.

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Top students decry political interference
Karachi: The presence and influence of youth political wings in colleges seems to be the most pressing issue for students, who actually want to concentrate on their studies. For some, however, it is the dearth of or lax attitude of teachers and the consequent increase in popularity of private tuitions.

After the announcement of the Intermediate pre-engineering results on Thursday, we spoke with the position holders to get their views on what really ails our higher education system.

The result of these efforts, unfortunately, was a seemingly common consensus over the adverse impact of the political student wings operational in almost all major colleges of the city.

Mohammad Sunain Hasan, a student of Government Delhi College who clinched first position in the Science Pre-Engineering Group, said that political interference at the management and teaching levels was the greatest problem for him and his fellow students. "There simply should not be any sort of external pressure or involvement in the educational institutes, at least at the intermediate level," he said.

Hasan, who plans on applying for admission at the NED University's mechanical engineering department, was all praise for his teachers. "Despite the problems they constantly face, our teachers worked with utter dedication to help and guide us," he said.

For Khuzaima Sohail Salat, the joint third-position holder from DJ Sindh Government Science College, there is no place for politics and related activities at educational institutes. "If the state of our colleges is to be improved, these political student organisations must be barred. At least, they should be stopped from forcefully trying to induct students who have no interest in such activities," he said.

However, he also lauded the extra effort put in by teachers to help students. "They were always willing to give additional time to students after regular classes. That has helped a lot of students."

Mohammad Salik Salam, a student of Adamjee Government Science College who came in second, said that tuitions or private coaching had helped many students improve their grades.

"As college classes usually start later in the year, students often enrol for tuitions to help cover the lengthy courses. I also took tuitions for maths and physics. No one wants to lose marks in the annual examinations," he said, adding that the stigma attached to private coaching must end.

The other joint third-position holder, Ayesha Mehboob, offered a differing perspective over the need and popularity of tuitions. "What we really need is for the education department and other concerned authorities to seriously look into why teachers are not doing their jobs," said the student of PECHS Government College for Women who is aiming for admission in NUST.

Hira Salman, a student of Bahria College Karsaz who secured first position in the Science General Group, asserted that the power crisis remains the biggest hurdle for students.

With the constant outages, she said, it was extremely difficult for students to concentrate and study at a stretch. "However, I worked hard and did all in my power to prepare for the exams. Thankfully, it has all paid off and now I am hopeful of being able to study at a reputed institute."

Hira also had some words of advice for fellow students and upcoming professionals. "We must all follow our hearts and minds when deciding what we want to study or where we want to work. The trends of the job markets must not matter," she said.

Another student of the PECHS Government College for Women, Pareesa Bashir, secured second position in the group. Acknowledging that she was not the most regular of students at college, she said the key to her success lay in affording time to studies when it mattered.

Both girls also expressed their dislike for on-campus political activities and called for efforts to curb their influence.

The third-placed Mohammad Mudasir of the College of Emerging Technologies said the experience of the intermediate examinations, for him, was an eye-opener with regards to the state of the local system.

"I completed my matriculation from the Aga Khan Board. That was a much better examination system with regards to courses and facilities, including examination venues," he said.

"I believe that involvement in such matters at this stage of life will be harmful for any student. We are at an age where academics, not politics, should be our main focus." The news

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