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Entrance test for admission in Punjab engineering institutions

Entrance test for engineering on 24th
Lahore, Aug 23, 2008: The entrance test for admission in engineering institutions of Punjab for undergraduate programmes (Entry-2008) will be held at different centres simultaneously on 24 August. A total of 20,000 candidates are appearing in these tests. As many as 8400 are appearing for test at UET Lahore, 4050 at UET Taxila, 2900 at BZU Engineering College Multan, 1650 at NFC Institute of Engineering Research & Fertilizer Faisalabad, 850 at Rachna College of Engineering & Technology Gujranwala, 800 at NED University of Engineering & Technology Karachi, 450 at NWFP University Engineering & Technology Peshawar and 170 at Balochistan University of IT & Management Sciences, City Campus Quetta.

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Elite schools may be offered govt land in remote areas
Lahore: The government in order to encourage elite private schools to establish campuses in remote areas is considering various proposals including provision of land on lease to such schools.

It is learnt that the Punjab Schools Education Department recently held meetings with the representatives of some elite private schools on the instructions of Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif.

Sources privy to the development said that Schools Education Secretary Nadeem Ashraf recently held a meeting with representatives of Beaconhouse Schools System, Lahore Grammar School (LGS) and The City School. The meeting deliberated on various proposals such as provision of land on lease besides exempting schools from various kinds of taxes. They said that private schools might open franchises in remote areas on the pattern of Beaconhouse School System operating across the country.

The sources said the government might link registration of new braches of elite schools to opening schools in remote areas of the province.

Shahbaz Sharif at a recently-held ceremony said that the government was working on a new policy on private schools and only those schools would be registered that agree to establish their branches in remote areas of the province. He had also said that these schools would also reserve 10 seats for the children of poor people.

An official seeking anonymity said that most of the elite private schools were limited to big cities only. The official said the government wanted these schools to play their role in promotion of quality education through extension of their network to tehsil level. He said the government wanted to encourage private sector as it had a vital role in promotion of education. He said the government, however, did not want private schools to merely commercialise education.

He said the government by offering land lease and tax exemptions wanted to motivate elite private schools to offer affordable education in remote areas.

The sources said the proposals were not ready and a summary would be sent to the chief minister for final approval after thorough deliberation on them.

When contacted, Secretary Schools Department Nadeem Ashraf said that land lease and tax exemptions were some of the proposals under consideration to encourage elite private schools to reach small towns of the province. He said the department wanted private schools to offer scholarships to needy students and to reserve 10 to 15 percent seats for students who could not afford to pay for their education. The News

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Polytechnic college students deprived of admissions
Lahore: The misinterpretation of Punjab chief minister's orders to abolish self-finance scheme which was primarily meant for medical colleges, was wrongly implemented in polytechnic institutes and colleges of technology depriving thousands of poor students of admission in various disciplines of technical education.

The worst hit were the government polytechnic institutes (GPIs) and government colleges of technology (GCTs) in the province which bear the brunt of admission to matriculates for average two years diploma courses in technical education. The chief minister was concerned over the highly inflated fee in medical colleges in the name of self-finance under which the students with poor merit are accommodated rendering colossal loss to the much needed quality education in medicines.

However, this policy was wrongly applied on technical education which is the back bone of our development and progress.

Due to fear of loss of opportunity to thousands of matriculates, the chairman Technical and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) which is controlling authority of polytechnic institutes and colleges sent a summary calling for restoration of second shift to accommodate as many students as were taken last year. The parents have also urged the chief minister to allow admission to their children in second shifts. In this connection the last date for admission can be increased to August 31.

Thousands of matriculates will not be able to get admission in GPIs and GCTs this year if the second shift on self-supporting basis is not restored immediately while majority of candidates belong to poor strata of population.

They cannot secure admission for higher education in general education or in professional educational institutions.

The trend formulated towards acquisition of technical education for progress of the country will also receive a great set back if the admission seekers are not accommodated in GPIs and GCTs. The government in its education policy review 1998 formulations gave higher priority to technical education but the step to deny admission itself will prove counter productive to this claim.

The polytechnic institutes impart Diploma of Associate Engineers (DAE), two years programme in civil engineering, mechanical, electronics and other disciplines in addition to other regular courses. The GCTs impart B Tech. B Com and similar other job oriented and demand driven programmes.

More than 100,000 matriculates take admission in 23 polytechnics and similar number in 12 GCTs in Punjab, thus reducing burden on colleges of general education and higher secondary schools. The number of GPIs and GCTs must have been double the present strength but this area was grossly neglected by the previous government.

However, to accommodate more students the double shift was the only answer under the present circumstances like all other general education colleges and institutes in the province as well as in the universities. This provided ample chance of students to secure admission as usually the morning shift strength is not more than 450 students in an institute. The second shift on little higher fee is run by hiring faculty from outside on per lecture basis. The second shift fee in polytechnic institutes is within the affordable limit of the poor students. It also brings the building of the institution in use after the morning shift. The Nation

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