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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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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