Karachi colleges admissions: B-graders ineligible
Over 16,000 B-graders ineligible for Inter science education
Karachi, July 28: More than 16,000 B-grade matriculates will be among the
thousands of aspirants for science education set to be deprived of studies in
any of the three science groups — pre-engineering, pre-medical and computer
science — in the city's public sector colleges and higher secondary schools due
to the limited number of seats in the discipline.
The C and lower grade
candidates stand no chance of getting admission to the government science
institutions. These candidates number over 23,000 — 18,178 in C grade, 5,120 in
D grade and 95 in E grade. They would have no choice but to seek admission to
the science faculty in private colleges.
In all, more than 39,000
matriculates are unlikely to be accommodated in the pre-engineering, pre-medical
and computer science groups in the city's government colleges and higher
A cursory look at the number of seats allocated by
the CAP committee in its 2010 academic year's brochure, containing placement
forms for admission to first-year classes, shows that of the total 42,165 seats
allocated for admission to the science faculty, in all 23,830 seats (15,250 for
boys and 8,580 for girls) will be offered in the pre-engineering group; 16,835
(5,740 for boys and 11,095 for girls) in the pre-medical group and 1,500 (800
for boys and 700 for girls) would be accommodated in the computer science group.
Statistics of the fresh science matriculates provided by the BSEK
indicate that of the total 81,981 (45,403 boys and 36,578 girls) candidates who
have passed the examination in different grades, 10,524 candidates (3,951 boys
and 6,573 girls) obtained A-1 grades; 21,862 candidates (10,599 boys and 11,263
girls) secured A grade and 25,965 candidates (14,563 boys and 11,402 girls) got
B grade; 18,178 candidates (11,937 boys and 6,241 girls) secured C grade; 5,120
candidates (4,105 boys and 1,015 girls) got D grade whereas 95 candidates (82
boys and 13 girls) got E grade.
As such, the number of candidates having
passed their matric examination-2010 with science in A-1, A and B grades from
the Karachi board alone comes to 58,351 as against a total of 42,165 seats
available in all the three faculties of science in the city's public-sector
institutions for the coming academic session. It means that not only all the C,
D and E graders but even 16,186 B graders would not be able to get admission to
the science faculty in government institutions this year unless more colleges
are opened in the city and the required number of teachers is provided there on
an emergency basis.
Asked about the future of those who might not be
accommodated in the science faculty, sources in the CAP committee said they
would be offered admission to the commerce faculty and if they did not want it,
they could seek admission to any private college to pursue their studies in the
discipline of their choice.
However, the students who passed their
matric examination with general group as regular candidates would not face any
difficulty in getting admission to their discipline as the total number of
admissions being offered in government colleges and higher secondary schools in
commerce and humanities groups are 34,470 seats (20,300 for boys and 14,170 for
girls) and 22,780 (5,400 for boys and 17,380 for girls), respectively, the
Meanwhile, senior college teachers who in the past
remained associated with CAP committees apprehended that the admission process
would be delayed considerably as a large number of candidates would throng the
CAP claim centres after failing to get admission to the science faculty despite
having B and C grades.
They said though the government higher secondary
schools of the city had once again come under the purview of CAP, the previous
experience was that a vast majority of the aspirants wanted to study in colleges
rather than higher secondary schools and, thus, a large number of those who were
previously accommodated in higher secondary schools left for private colleges.
The process of admissions to 132 government colleges and 25 higher
secondary schools in the city under CAP began on Friday with the sale of
brochures, containing placement forms, at 52 branches of the Allied Bank.
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KU unable to raise salaries, pension
Karachi: Karachi University has decided not to raise its employees'
salaries, despite the government announcement of a 50 per cent hike in public
sector employees' perks and pension, owing to its weak financial position.
The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr
Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui on Tuesday.
According to a KU statement, the
meeting observed that the university found it very difficult to implement the
government decision in the present circumstances as its grant had been
drastically slashed by the Higher Education Commission.
wants to immediately implement the government's decision, but since the HEC has
drastically slashed the budgetary allocation for the year 2010-2011, the
university is going through a severe financial crisis and unable to meet the
regular salary, pension and other expenditure bills," said the statement, adding
that a number of developmental schemes had been severely affected by the
The meeting discussed the issues impeding the
implementation of the government's decision. Prof Siddiqui appreciated the
timely announcement to provide relief to those overburdened by the rising cost
of living, and said the increase would surely benefit people in this time of
global recession. "However, it is very unfortunate that the university has not
received HEC's allocated grant and the KU is going to pay the salaries of this
month by in-house borrowing. Keeping in view the situation, it can be said that
it will be very difficult for the KU to meet the expenses after implementing the
increase in salaries," he said.
The HEC had allocated Rs981.27 million
for the financial year 2010-2011 (same as 2009-2010) against the KU's demand of
Rs1,969 million, he told the meeting, and said that the expected income from its
own sources would be Rs566 million, and the total payroll pension and other
expenditure bill appeared to be much higher than the total available
allocations. The available funds would not be able to meet KU's financial needs
as that the total financial burden due to the recently announced salary
enhancement, pension and medical allowance by the government would be around
Rs288.415 million per annum. "We have requested the government and the HEC to
release additional grants," he said.
Meanwhile, a committee has been
constituted to look into the university's financial matters. The committee
comprises Pro-Vice-Chancellors Prof Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, Prof Dr Nasiruddin
Khan, Dean of the Management and Administrative Sciences Prof Dr Abuzar Wajidi
and KU Finance Director Syed Masood Abbas Rizwi.
The committee would
meet from time to time to discuss the short- and long-term measures and would
also formulate a strategy for initiating revenue generation projects and cut
down expanses under different heads.
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Lecturers challenge minister to dialogue
Hyderabad: Four lecturers observed a token hunger strike outside the
press club here on Tuesday in protest against what they termed unjustified
transfer of college teachers to remote areas.
Talking to reporters, Prof
Haq Nawaz Abbasi, Prof Imtiaz Ali Soomro, Prof Anwar Mansoor Mangrio and Prof
Tariq Mansoor Qureshi challenged Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq to
hold a dialogue with the SPLA leadership at an open forum on the victimization
of college teachers.
They said that 3,600 posts of lecturers were lying
vacant in different colleges of Sindh, but 100 'favourite' teachers were working
in different departments as officers.
They accused the Sindh government
of following the destructive educational policies of Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim and
alleged that favourite college teachers in grade-17 and 18 were holding posts of
On the other hand lecturers were being transferred to remote
places for no reason, they said.
They demanded that a permanent transfer
policy should be devised and victimisation should be stopped.
threatened with an extreme action if their demands were not accepted by Aug 2. Dawn
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