More students opt for commerce
KARACHI, Sept 17: Over 33,000 students who have passed this year's
matriculation in different faculties have applied for admission in commerce
colleges, which shows the growing interest of youth in the commerce faculty and
a considerable deviation from the science disciplines, which had been a craze
for decades until quite recently.
According to officials in the
Centralised Admission Policy (CAP) Committee, the number of students desiring
admissions in the commerce colleges is growing each year.
"This year the
number of applicants is 8,000 more than those who had applied last year. The
applicants included in huge numbers those who have passed their SSC-II
examination in the science section," said an official.
phenomenal," observed a CAP official, "and shows that the interest of the
students has entirely shifted from science to commerce."
The experts said
such a shift from medicine and engineering to commerce had great future
prospects. They said parents are also showing a similar interest and advising
their children to opt for commerce.
"Commerce and economics have become
the most sought after disciplines across the globe. They have huge future
prospects given the fact that degrees in management sciences could only be
attained by mastery in these faculties," said an expert.
The increasing number of aspirants for commerce every year is
also creating difficulties for the authorities as they don't have enough seats
to accommodate the applicants.
In Karachi, there are 63 colleges for boys
out of which 45 teach commerce. For girls, out of the total 55 colleges,
commerce is taught in 35.
Besides, just two out of the 13 higher
secondary schools for boys have a separate faculty for commerce while in the 18
higher secondary schools for girls, just the Keamari Government Girls High
School has this faculty.
Sources said the situation has left the
authorities thinking of creating faculties in more colleges, particularly in the
higher secondary schools where this faculty scarcely exists.
creation of new faculties requires ample funds for administrative and teaching
resources, given the fact that the education department is already facing an
acute shortage of teachers in colleges.
The officials have contemplated
some ideas and have also sought the help of senior authorities in the provincial
education department for the provision of required funds and administrative
"We'll try our level best to accommodate each and every student who
has applied for admission in the commerce faculty this year through some
adjustments and the creation of new facilities," Prof Rafique Ahmed Siddiqui,
Director-General Colleges, Sindh, said.
He said the number of
students who had applied for pre-medical and pre-engineering faculties was quite
less than in the past, which was evident from the fact that even those who
secured 'D'-grade in this year's examination also got admission to some
"We'll have to create far more seats for the commerce faculty
in future because this trend (will) snowball in the coming years," he
The CAP Committee is expected to announce placements for commerce
aspirants this week. Dawn
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|Updated: 14 Oct, 2014|