Protest against engineering & medical colleges entrance test
Protest camp against entrance test
Multan, Aug 28, 2008: The Pakistan Seraiki Party (PSP) set up a protest camp
outside the local press club on Wednesday against the entrance test for
admission to medical and engineering colleges.
Calling for abolishing the
entrance test system, PSP chief Taj Muhammad Langah said it was unjustified to
judge a student's competency after the examination. He said a majority of
deserving students failed to get admission due to the wrong admission
"Imagine the fate of a student, who has been a position holder
throughout 13 years of his education career, but he does not get admission to
any medical or engineering college because of the entrance test. We must say
that it is the worst form of injustice and it must be condemned and stopped," he
He alleged that this system was introduced to oblige the children
of influential people who failed to obtain good marks.
He said doctors
and retired officers of armed forces had opened academies for the preparation of
entrance test. They charged high fee and used their influence for the admission
of their students.
He demanded that the government should abolish both
entrance test and the self-finance scheme. Dawn
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Self-finance scheme in colleges gets confused with second shift
Lahore: The polytechnic institutes and colleges of technologies which cater
an average technical education up to the diploma level, B Tech and B Com cannot
be categorised as professional institutions at par with the medical, engineering
or commerce institutions of higher level education which are under fire for
costly self-finance schemes.
However, in a move against self-finance schemes
in professional colleges of higher education, launched because of highly
inflated fee especially in medical colleges, the government disbanded the second
shift scheme in polytechnic institutes and colleges of technology rendering loss
to thousands of families whose children usually take admission in polytechnics
The abolition of self-finance scheme in medical colleges
was prompted because they charge Rs 5-10 lakh for a medical graduate and only
the ineligible and incompetent but financially sound students with comparatively
lower merit secure admission in such colleges on self-finance basis.
dispensation of that scheme too has been deferred to next year by the Punjab
government. The self-finance in medical colleges not only led to costly medical
education on one hand and the sub standard education on the other which is
As such there was reason to put ban on self-finance scheme in such
professional colleges but this does not mean disbandment of second shift which
only costs Rs 5,000 extra from the usual Rs 5,000 fee in polytechnic institutes.
It also does not imply the quality of education matter as only candidates with
high merit and eligible to take admission in morning shift are enrolled in the
second shift in polytechnics with the purpose to accommodate more and more
students due to rising trend in this type of education.
It is also
paradoxical that the self-finance or second shift at double the tuition fee of
morning shift are continuing in government colleges at Intermediate, BA, BSc,
Bcom, MA and MSc levels. There is no bar in second shift at these colleges, the
purpose of which remained the same as in polytechnic institutes. The building
and faculty plus available facilities are used in the second shift by hiring
faculty from outside on per lecture basis and same is done in polytechnic and
colleges of technology. If the second shift in all other colleges and institutes
can be allowed to continue why not in polytechnic institutes and colleges of
technologies. The children of the poorest of the poor who cannot even afford
tuition fee in normal colleges and universities are enrolled in such
The Punjab Polytechnic Teachers Association and student bodies
have urged the Punjab chief minister to review the decision of disbanding second
shift in GPTI and GTIs so that thousands of students awaiting admission in these
institutions could get admission and fulfill their desire to acquire technical
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