Pakistani universities sports quota
Sports quota at universities sweet will
Lahore, March 11: In the absence of Higher Education Commission (HEC) guidelines on
sports quota, public sector universities across the country are filling seats on
this quota at their discretion.
This practice is resulting in lack of a
uniform policy regarding admissions to the universities on the basis of sports.
The data revealed that while a number of universities have
been ignoring the sports quota for admissions, the University of Agriculture,
Faisalabad, (UAF) has taken the lead by admitting 126 students on the quota to
various undergraduate programmes in September 2009. Interestingly, the UAF
prospectus shows that only 21 seats were to be filled on the quota. The UAF
administration claims that the seats, filled through the quota, are in
conformity with the HEC directions and no anomaly has taken
However, a comparison of the UAF with some other universities,
dealing with agriculture education, exposes that the university had laid
extraordinary emphasis on filling seats on the sports basis.
It has been
learnt that the NWFP Agricultural University, Peshawar, admitted only eight
students on the sports quota in September 2009 intake against a total of 1,492
seats in undergraduate programmes, the Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam,
15 against over 1,100 seats, and the University of Veterinary and Animal
Sciences (UVAS), Lahore, 13 against over 400 seats excluding evening
Interestingly, the Pir Mehr Ali Shah (PMAS) Arid Agriculture
University, Rawalpindi, did not enrol even a single student on the sports quota
in September 2009 intake.
The UAF Undergraduate Prospectus (Session
2009-2010) clearly showed there were only 21 seats allocated for admission to
various undergraduate degree courses on the sports basis. According to the
break-up, 11 of the seats were for BSc (Hons) Agri Sciences:
Agriculture/Agricultural & Resource Economics/Food Science &
Technology/Animal Science, 1 BSc (Hons) Agriculture for DG Khan Campus and 2 for
Depalpur Sub-Campus, 1 for BSc (Hons) Poultry Science at Toba Tek Singh (TTS)
Sub-Campus, 4 for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), 1 for BSc (Hons) Home
Economics and 1 for BSc Agricultural Engineering.
But as many as 57
students were given admission on the sports quota to the UAF's Agriculture
Faculty (under pool admission), 23 in its DVM programme, 21 in BSc Agricultural
Engineering and the rest in other programmes. A total of over 1,400 students
were enrolled in the UAF in September 2009.
A comparison of allocation of
sports seats in institutions offering five-year DVM degree programmes in the
country also showed the UAF had 'outshined' the rest. At present, there are 10
public sector veterinary institutions offering the five-year DVM degree
programme in the country.
According to the details, the Faculty of
Veterinary Sciences UVAS had enrolled four students on sports quota, UVAS
College of Veterinary Sciences, Jhang, 1, UAF's Faculty of Veterinary Science
24, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam, 2,
Faculty of Veterinary Science, NWFP University of Agriculture, Peshawar, 1,
Faculty of Veterinary Science, Gomal University, DI Khan 0, Faculty of
Veterinary Science, University Arid Agriculture, Rawalpindi, 0, Faculty of
Veterinary Science, Lesbela University of Agriculture Water and Marine Sciences,
Uthal, Balochistan 0, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Bahauddin, Zakariya
University, Multan, 0, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Islamia University,
When contacted, Dr Alamdar Hussain Malik,
Secretary/Registrar of Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council (PVMC), also
confirmed that as per the record available with the council, the Veterinary
Faculty of the UAF had admitted students on sports quota more than any other
institution in the same faculty.
"I cannot recall that such a huge
enrolment against the sport quota has been under taken in the past in veterinary
faculty of any of the 10 public sector institutions of the country," he
Dr Alamdar further said normally two to four students were
allowed to enroll on sport quota, adding that the recent move of the UAF
authorities indicated that quality of education and merit was not a priority of
"The HEC is also required to probe the matter and also
take remedial measures to ensure such a practice is not followed in future."
Sources in the UAF said the extraordinary admissions on sports basis had
become a subject of a heated debate not only in the university circles but also
among the faculty of other universities.
They said the faculty was divided over
the seats mentioned in the prospectus as according to some faculty members, the
number mentioned in prospectus was final because prospectus was an official
document duly approved by various statutory bodies of the university, including
the Academic Council, however, some viewed that the VC was authorised to make
They said there were rumours that most of the admissions were made
under pressure from different quarters as unlike admission on self-finance
scheme, those enrolled on the sports quota had to pay normal fees.
contacted, UAF Faculty of Veterinary Dean Prof Dr Akbar Lodhi said he had taken
over as dean after the admission process, agreeing that the number of admissions
on sports quota was certainly high in his faculty.
"The sports quota
should be low while more and more admissions should be made on open merit for
professional degrees," he said.
When asked why there was difference
between sports seats mentioned in the university prospectus and those actually
enrolled, Dr Lodhi said the Academic Council had authorised the vice-chancellor
to bring about changes.
UAF Faculty of Agriculture Dean Prof Dr Muhammad
Ashfaq, when contacted, confirmed that around 50 students were enrolled in his
faculty alone on the sports basis. Talking about prospectus, he said it was
based on rough estimates.
Dr Ashfaq said as per the HEC guidelines, four
percent of the total admissions were to be made on the sports quota.
VC Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan said he did not remember exactly how many admissions
were made on the sports quota, adding, however, he knew four percent of the
total admissions had to be made on the quota.
"I can give you exact
details after going through the record," he added.
Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, VC Prof Dr Khalid
Mahmood Khan did not attend phone calls despite repeated attempts. However, the
university's Public Relation Officer (PRO) Muhammad Musa Kalim confirmed that no
student was enrolled on the sports basis.
"No admission is made on the
sports quota at PMAS Arid Agriculture University," he said, adding that
"however, besides open merit, admissions are made on provincial and quota for
NWFP Agricultural University, Peshawar, VC Prof Dr Said
Khan Khalil said the university had followed one percent sports quota policy in
the recent admissions.
When contacted, HEC Executive Director Dr Sohail H
Naqvi said he did not know exactly the admission policy in universities on
"If I recall earlier there was policy of two percent quota
and later the Cabinet introduced four percent quota," he said.
agreed that there was a need of uniform implementation mechanism for admissions
on sports basis in the universities, saying that the procedure should be
transparent so that only good players could be inducted on the quota. The news
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PU announces DCH, DCP exams results
Lahore: Punjab University Examinations Department has announced the results of
Diploma in Child Health (DCH), annual examination 2007, Diploma in Clinical
Pathology (DCP), annual examination 2007, Diploma in Laryngology and Otology,
Part-II supplementary examination 2007, supplementary examination 2008 and
annual examination 2009 and Diploma in Medical Radiology Therapeutics, Part-II,
supplementary examination 2008 and annual examination 2009.
details, in Diploma in Child Health (DCH), annual examination 2007, 36.36
percent students were passed, in Diploma in Clinical Pathology (DCP), annual
examination 2007 the pass percentage remained 50.00%, in Diploma in Laryngology
and Otology, Part-II, supplementary examination 2007, supplementary examination
2008 & annual examination 2009 the pass percentage remained 50.00% and in
Diploma in Medical Radiology Therapeutics, Part-II, supplementary examination
2008 and annual examination 2009 100 percent students were passed. The nation
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Danish schools project
Lahore: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says the government is attaching
top priority to the uplift of the education sector and has taken revolutionary
steps for the purpose.
He was addressing a seminar with regard to Danish
School System at his secretariat here on Wednesday, says a handout.
CM said the project would ensure provision of modern academic facilities to
students of far-flung and backward areas.
Punjab Minister for Local
Government Sardar Dost Muhammad Khan Khosa, former finance minister Sartaj Aziz,
taskforce chairman Raja Muhammad Anwar, MNAs, MPAs, educationists,
vice-chancellors and principals of various educational institutions and senior
officers concerned were also present on the occasion.
The meeting, which
lasted for over four hours, discussed various aspects of the Danish School
System and development of education sector.
The chief minister said
students would be educated in two shifts in Danish schools and they would also
have free boarding and lodging facilities. He said best teachers would be
selected for the schools on merit. He said the project of Danish schools had
been started from Bahawalpur division of southern Punjab.
the steps taken by the government for the uplift of education sector, the chief
minister said the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund had been set up for the
first time in the history of the country for providing financial assistance to
talented students facing economic problems to enable them to continue their
Appreciating the proposals put forward at the seminar for
Danish schools and uplift of education sector, the chief minister ordered
formation of a committee to submit recommendations regarding management of
Danish schools, recruitment of teachers, syllabus as well as co-curricular
The meeting also considered in detail devolution plan for
education under the new local government system.
Earlier, Danish School
System managing-director Yousaf Kamal gave a detailed briefing on the project.
Addressing a meeting of Board of Directors of the Punjab Board of
Investment and Trade, the chief minister said promotion of investment was the
need of the hour for rapid development of the country and elimination of poverty
He said a comprehensive programme was being
implemented for this purpose.
He said a vibrant and active Board of
Investment and Trade comprising government representatives and experts in
various sectors had been set up which was not only encouraging foreign
investment, but was also ensuring provision of necessary facilities under one
He said Punjab was rich in natural resources which could be
exploited for attaining self-reliance as well as development and prosperity of
He said huge foreign exchange could be earned through
export of livestock and agri products to teh Middle East and other countries.
He said negotiations were being held with foreign investors for the
development of these sectors as well as setting up of a Halal Meat Processing
Plant by using modern technology in the dairy sector.
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GCU students scholarships
Lahore: The Government College University's Endowment Fund Trust on
Wednesday announced initiating 21 lifetime scholarships for deserving students
with a donation by old Ravians and philanthropists.
It will comprise 11
golden and 10 sliver scholarships to be disbursed on merit every year.
golden scholarship will cover the university fee and hostel expenses of a
student while a sliver scholarship will cover the university fee only.
Scholarships have been named after those who have donated money for the cause.
GCU Vice-Chancellor Dr Khalid Aftab has donated Rs500,000 to initiate a
lifetime scholarship for deserving students as well as three each scholarships
by the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Iqbal Z Ahmed, two by Infaq
Foundation, and one each by Bank Al Habib Limited, Allied Bank and Mian Misbaur
A varsity spokesman said that every year around 2,100 students
from intermediate to PhD level applied for the financial aid, but the university
could accommodate only 20 per cent of them because of limited financial
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BHUs Nutrition experts
Lahore: The Punjab Health Department is planning to
appoint health and nutritional supervisors at basic health units (BHUs) and
rural health centres (RHCs) to train schoolteachers, who will create awareness
against congenital and malnutrition diseases in children.
Secretary Health Fawad
Hassan Fawad said this while inaugurating a two-day workshop on "Community
Management of Acute Malnutrition" at King Edward Medical University, according
to a press release here on Wednesday.
The workshop was organised by Department
of Social and Preventive Paediatrics, KEMU in collaboration with the Health
Department and UNICEF. Dr Ketsamay Rajphongthong, Chief of UNICEF, said that
UNICEF was cooperating to minimise infant mortality. The news
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Library culture promotion
Lahore: Chief Minister's Taskforce on Elementary Education
Chairman Raja Muhammad Anwar has asked the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF)
partner schools to set up libraries and introduce a weekly library period to
encourage students to read books.
Mr Anwar was chairing a meeting to
review the promotion of library culture in PEF-Partner schools. Representatives
of PEF, School Education Department and members of teaching faculty attended the
He stressed that a policy be evolved to promote the aspect of
supplementary reading to gain knowledge about modern world affairs by setting up
well-equipped libraries in schools. He said the book reading culture was
essential in society as it encouraged composite development of human character.
He said libraries also provided teachers with an access to relevant
curriculum information and professional development materials within and outside
the schools and enrich students' intellectual, aesthetic, cultural and emotional
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