Centralized Admission Policy(CAP), Colleges admission to class-XI
'No change to be allowed once admission finalised'
Karachi, Aug 12, 2008: The admission committee formed under the Centralized
Admission Policy-2008 (CAP) has impressed upon all candidates seeking admission
to class-XI to fill in their placement forms very carefully keeping in mind that
no change in their faculty or the order of their preferred colleges will be
allowed once the placement lists are issued.
A senior member of the
committee said here on Monday that a claim form of a candidate seeking such a
change after issuance of the lists will be declared invalid and ultimately
Dispelling the impression that the claim form facility could be
misused by those who would fail to get admission to the colleges of their choice
or, for that matter, any of the city colleges, sources in the
directorate-general of colleges, Sindh, made it clear that all claim forms for
admission to a college where the cut-off marks would be higher than the
candidate's marks would be considered as invalid and thus rejected.
the claims for a replacement on the grounds of change of address will not be
entertained at all," they added.
Reiterating that the education
department has not increased admission or tuition fee for class-XI, the sources
said that the fee structure this year would remain the same at all
Giving a breakup of the faculty-wise fee structure, officials
of the directorate-general said that the total fee for Science and Home
Economics groups students was fixed at Rs950, which included admission fee
(Rs50), tuition fee (Rs480) and college management committee fund (Rs100). The
total fee for Commerce and Humanities groups was fixed at Rs770, which included
admission fee (Rs30), tuition fee (Rs360) and CMC fund (Rs100).Forms
in short supply
The process of admission to class-XI in the city's
123 government colleges will be completed by the end of current month and the
new academic session will commence in the first week of September, it is
Though the process began on Aug 5, it is still confined to the
issuance of brochures/placement forms through the designated bank branches
because most of the admission seekers cannot submit the forms for want of marks
sheets of their matriculation examinations which are yet to be delivered to
It has also been gathered that the forms for the placement of
candidates in government colleges are in short supply. People in large numbers
have been contacting newspaper offices to complain that several designated bank
branches in various localities of the city were running short of the
While most of the complainants came from the city's suburban
areas, some others appeared to be residing in the Federal B' Area's localities
of Shahrah-i-Pakistan and Yousuf Plaza.
An official of the
directorate-general of colleges, Sindh, however, explained that the admission
had made elaborate arrangements to ensure availability of the forms along with
brochures in every nook and corner of the city.
"The committee has
designated as many as 42 branches of HBL to cover all 18 towns of the metropolis
for the purpose," he said.
He also pointed out that the CAP committee had
set up 12 claim centres - five for male and seven for female students - for the
removal of technical errors that could arise in the process of the placement
The claim centres for male candidates have been set up at the
Govt College for Men, Nazimabad; Jinnah College, near the BSEK office; DJ
Science College; Adamjee Science College and Superior Science College, Shah
For female candidates, the centres have been set up at the
Govt College for Women, Nazimabad; Karachi College for Women, Chand Bibi Road;
Abdullah College for Women, North Nazimabad; Degree Science and Commerce
College, Gulshan-i-Iqbal; Khursheed Girls College, Shah Faisal Colony; Govt
College for Women, Korangi No.4 and Shaheed-i-Millat Girls College,
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CBF seals scores of private schools in Gulistan-e-Jauhar
Karachi: The Cantonment Board Faisal (CBF) sealed more than 50 private schools in
Gulistan-e-Jauhar. The CBF had initially issued notices to private schools in
Gulistan-e-Jauhar in which the schools were told to either register their
buildings as commercial properties with the CBF or face closure. A one week
warning period was allotted to them, after which the CBF sealed these schools on
Sindh Private Schools Management Association Chairman
Khalid Shah condemned the action and said that the CBF was trying to make money
off of schools. The CBF has also got some schools to submit an undertaking
according to which the schools concerned would shift to other places within
three months or register their current buildings as commercial property, Shah
said, adding that the Sindh Government should intervene in the
"When we were told about the issue we immediately sent letters to
the CBF and asked them to consult with us in this regard. They, however, went
ahead and took action regardless," Mansoob Hussain Siddiq from the Sindh Private
Schools Directorate said. He further said that they were trying to
contact their heads to resolve the issue. CBF officials could not be contacted
for comments. The News
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New academic year brings in a host of problems
Karachi: With the beginning of the new academic year, people who
are already perturbed by sky-rocketing prices of essential commodities are
facing a host of problems ranging from shortage of textbooks, increased prices
of books and stationery items to a hike in schools' tuition fees and other
According to a representative of the publishers'
body, the prices of textbooks published by the Sindh Textbook Board have
reportedly increased by Rs5 to Rs8 while prices of those used in schools
belonging to the private sector have become costlier by Rs20 to Rs25 as compared
with the prices of last year.
However, many parents visiting the markets
disagree with the claim made by the publishers and say the prices of books have
increased substantially as compared with the last academic year.
from the increase in the prices of textbooks, the unavailability of books in the
market is another problem confronting the masses.
complaints, the publishers' body insists that 30 per cent textbooks pertaining
to private schools are still short in the market, while almost all the books of
the Sindh Textbook Board are easily available.
On the other hand, with
the beginning of the new academic year most of the private schools have
announced an increase in monthly tuition fees and annual charges for newcomers,
a move getting even tougher on the wallets of many.
Problems are not
likely to end here as the school van operators have also increased the
transportation charges following a persistent increase in the prices of
The role of what could be described as the uniform
mafia cannot be ignored because they always come out with new enhanced prices
every year without improving the quality of clothes.
makers of schools shoes, branded of course, did not want to be left behind in
this brutal game of rip-off as they have also pushed the rates of school shoes
up by Rs100 as compared with the last year's rates. School bags imported mainly
from China and other countries have also become costlier reportedly owing to
costlier imports as a result of the falling strength of Pakistan rupee against
the US dollar.
It is worth mentioning that this situation has become an
annual ritual but the powers that be appear to be least bothered about the
ordeal of the common man. Despite protests lodged with the relevant authorities
almost every year, no steps have so far been taken to prevent the recurrence of
Perhaps, the only relief for the already-burdened people
is the stability in the prices of stationery items. As per the claims of the
makers of the stationery items, the prices of their products have remained
unchanged for the last two years.
The vice-chairman of Writing
Instruments Manufacturers Association of Pakistan (WIMAP), Riazuddin, claimed
that the price of pencils and pens had been unchanged for the last two years due
to the abolition of sales tax two years back.
However, the share of
Chinese pens and pencils has been increasing which currently stands between
50-60 per cent, while the local industry holds 30-40 per cent of the market's
share. Chinese items are arriving through smuggling and under-invoicing, he
Interestingly, as far as notebooks are concerned divergent views
are aired in the market. A notebooks seller in Urdu Bazar told this writer it
was true that the prices of these items had not been increased. But the
producers had reduced the weight of the notebooks to maintain the prices
'stable', he said.
He said that the price of 55-gram paper, which was
Rs42 per kilo in March/April this year, had now surged to Rs71 per kilo while
the market was abuzz with reports of a further increase by Rs2 a
Meanwhile, a book retailer said that the price of a 160-page
notebook was Rs28 only three months back but now the same was available at
He said that during the last one year the prices of notebooks of
various sizes had surged by at least Rs10.
The retailer said that the
price of books of private publishers had increased by Rs15 to Rs17 in the last
three months. However, he added, overall the prices had surged by Rs20 to Rs25
in a year only.Publishers' view
The chairman of the
Pakistan Publisher's and Booksellers Association (PPBA), Aziz Khalid, blamed the
cartel of paper producers for creating an artificial shortage due to which the
paper meant for printing books and copies was being black marketed. Besides the
shortage of paper, the manufacturers had also failed to maintain the quality, he
Mr Khalid said that the consumers were facing problems in getting
all the textbooks in one go due to a shortage of paper in the market. He,
however, hoped that the problem of non-availability of textbooks of private
publishers would be resolved by the end of this month.
Mr Khalid deplored
that successive governments had always treated education as a secondary subject
in the allocation of funds in the budget.
He urged the relevant
authorities to make efforts to bring down the price of paper, without which, he
said the situation would continue to prevail and things would get uglier every
year. He also said that the local mills had failed to meet the demand and supply
"To bring down the prices and meet the rising demand of books, the
government should allow duty-free import of paper," said Mr Khalid, adding that
the total impact of duties and taxes on paper imports came to around 44 per
He said in case the duty-free import was not allowed then the
government at least could slash sales tax to 10 per cent from the current 16 per
cent besides bringing customs duty to 10 from 20 per cent.
"There is also
a need to abolish 3.5 per cent additional tax on imports," he said.
said that the main beneficiary of this proposal would be the 80 per cent
children attending government and semi-private schools. They use the books of
various textbook boards in all the four provinces. The four boards procure paper
worth Rs1 to Rs1.5 billion every year from the local mills.
In case, the
government fails to check the price of locally-produced paper, then the price of
books for the STTB would shoot up by 15-20 per cent followed by a 40 per cent
rise in the prices of books of private publishers in 2009, he
speculated.Paper makers' rebuttal
The chairman of the
Pakistan Pulp Paper and Board Mills (PPPBM), Kamran Khan, however, rejected the
claim made by the office-bearer of the PPBA regarding any shortage of
"Those who are speaking about any shortage are black sheep of the
markets and have their vested interests," he said from Lahore on
He said that the price of writing and printing paper had surged
by Rs5,000 to Rs6,000 per ton as compared with last year after rising input cost
relating to soaring utility charges, salaries of employees, increase in wood and
pulp prices in the international market to $780 per ton from $440 per ton last
year and the local pulp prices.
Every year there has been an increase in
the production of writing and printing paper of 55 grams to 72 grams. The 12
local mills produce around 400,000-500,000 tons per annum. Dawn
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