Lahore Colleges Admission formalities vex students
Admission formalities vex students
Lahore, Aug 11, 2008: Students have long been facing a lot of hassle owing to frivolous
requirements like that of a character certificate and attestation of forms at
the time of admission to the colleges.
The innocent students have to
prove their "character" by obtaining a certificate from their previous place of
learning while attestation of different forms including matriculation
certificates, photographs and other documents is another hectic job for
Usually, a BS-17 or a higher scale officer is authorised to attest
these forms and there is no doubt students have to put in great efforts to get
their documents attested. Nonetheless, it is generally observed that the
requirement of character certificate or attestation of forms is merely a
It is a prevalent reality that sometimes students have to
grease the palm of officials involved in issuance of character certificates.
A number of admission-seeking students expressed
reservations regarding demand of character certificate and attested documents by
private and government colleges for admission. Most of them were of the view that
the requirements were merely a waste of time. "Why a student needs to produce a
character certificate for admission to a college," questioned Muzammil Mushtaq,
He was of the view that if the document was issued to all the
students who passed the exam from a particular school than what was the
difference among the students. "My school issued the same certificate to all
those seeking admissions to colleges after doing their matriculation," he said
adding, "This shows it (the certificate) is only waste of time for the
He further said, "No one exactly knows since when the
practice is being followed by the colleges," adding, "Marks obtained can tell a
lot about a particular student." Another student, Raheel, said that instead of
accepting attested photocopies of documents, the colleges should verify the
original documents once a student succeeded to get admission.
this would be a great service to students, as they had to suffer a lot during
the whole process.
He said the attestation of forms and requirement of
character certificate were not only problems for students especially female ones
but also for their parents who had to accompany them most of the time during the
Senior educationist, Sabahat
Hussain Naqvi, who teaches at a local government college, said the students had
to face a lot of hassle in order to fulfil such requirements.
to him, the documents like character certificate have no value. "This is totally
a useless requirement and a waste of time," he said, adding only original
certificates of a student should be verified if he or she succeeded to secure
Academic circles demand the government to review the
matter terming it an old practice, which needs to be amended with the passage of
They are of the view that ground realities should be realised to
provide maximum facilities to the students instead of creating problems for
"Regarding, character Certificate Domicile, photos,and other Edu,documents,colleges demand of these credentials is based on the requirments of the boards for further registration of the candidate.the solution lies in the procedure,wont it be feasible if boards declaring results also verify the address,distt province, and character of the boy provided by the college at the time of his registration, once avoiding all extra burden of the student."
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"You are right.The main purpose of the story was to highlight the issue.Hope the authorities may ease the burden and facilitate the admission-seeking students."
Name: Khalid Khattak
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61 pc students against student politics: survey
Lahore: A survey claims that more than six out of every 10 students (61.2
percent) in the public sector universities are not in favour of student
The survey conducted by Bargad, a national youth forum based
in Gujranwala, says that 72.3 percent students want that student organizations
should not be allowed to affiliate with the political parties.
to author of the survey, Iqbal Haider Butt, at least 68.9 students welcomed the
lifting of ban on the student unions while majority of them were blank and
unaware of the situation of the student-politics before union ban in 1984.
According to other key results of the national survey, the 42.2 percent
students believed students should not take part in national politics and
political movements, neither in individual nor collective capacity, while 49.8
percent students supported such participation.
Only 28.1 students
indicated that the mainstream political parties should have their student wings
while 57.9 percent opposed the student wings of political parties.
survey further revealed that 77.1 percent students believed it important that
universities administration should impose a strict Code of Conduct on the
student organizations while two-third students were also in favour of banning
those student organizations which promoted sectarian, religious, gender, caste
or racial discrimination through their literature and actions. The News
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PU declares results of various exams
Lahore: The Punjab University Examination Department has declared the results of a number of
examinations. According to a press statement, these exams include BSc (Hons)
Physics (Semester System), Session 2002-2006, MSc Environmental Science
(Semester System), Session 2003-2005, MSc Mathematics (Semester System), Session
2005-2007, MPhil Physics (Semester System), Session 2003-2005, MPhil Islamic
Studies (Semester System), Session 2005-2007, MPhil Islamic Studies (Semester
System), Session 2004-2006, MPhil Persian (Semester System), Session 2004-2006,
MA Pakistan Studies (Semester System), Session 2005-2007, MA Education
(Elementary), Session 2004-2006, MA Education (Elementary), Session 2005-2007,
MA Education (Secondary), Session 2004-2006, MA Education (Education
Administration), Session 2007-2008, Master of Education (General), Session
2004-2005. Detailed results are available at the PU website www.pu.edu.pk. The News
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UHS VC misleading CM, say lawmakers
Lahore: As the controversy over establishment of medical universities in the
province is gaining momentum, a PML-N MNA and two MPAs have written letters to
Punjab Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif, telling him that Vice-Chancellor
University of Health Sciences (UHS), Dr Malik Hussain Mubbashar was misleading
the CM and providing him wrong information on the issue.
They have conveyed
the Punjab CM that UHS Vice-Chancellor was disseminating information about
medical education without thorough investigation and proper study, which, they
said, was highly misleading.
In their separate letters to the chief minister,
all three public representatives - MNA Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, MPAs Dr Saeed Elahi
and Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman - informed the CM that the UHS Vice-Chancellor Dr
Malik Hussain Mubbashar was creating controversy by misleading him about the
ground realities on health issues like the number of medical universities
operating in the province of Sindh.
It is pertinent to mention here that
there are two medical universities in Punjab, and the government is considering
a proposal to set up more such universities, especially in southern Punjab. The
Vice-Chancellor, UHS, however, is opposing the move, allegedly because he wants
to have monopoly over medial education. He is also stated to be a strong
opponent of King Edward Medical University.
Earlier, the UHS Chairman in his
letter addressed to the Secretary, chief minister on July 29, 2008 had informed
that some legislators were misguiding the CM about the number of public medical
universities in Sindh. He had further wrote in the said letter that total number
of medical universities in Sindh was two, an information which has now been
challenged by the parliamentarians.
While, according to the contents of the
letters of the MNA and two MPAs, the actual number of private and public medical
universities in Sindh, was eight and all were being funded by the Higher
Education Commission (HEC). They said that the 'worthy' VC UHS was totally
ignorant about the facts regarding the medical education in Pakistan and he
deliberately ignored the six other private and general universities, which are
also imparting medical education in their attached medical colleges.
said that UHS Chairman was disseminating information on health issues without
properly investigating and studying despite the fact that he was holding a key
post in a major medical institute. They said that the UHS Chairman and his some
'cronies', mainly belonging to private medical colleges and private companies
are against the setting up of new medical universities and wanted their monopoly
in the field of medical education.
MPA Dr Saeed Elahi in his letter informed
that eight health universities were functional in Sindh. He said that the UHS
Chairman was creating disharmony, which could result in a lot of controversy
between the elected representatives and the provincial government. He said the
Punjab province needed more public and private sector medical universities. The
number of health universities in Punjab was too short as compared to the Sindh,
because of Sindhis' zeal to get quality medical education.
Earlier, in the
letter to the Chief Minister's Principal Secretary, the UHS Vice-Chancellor Dr
Malik Hussain Mubbashar had informed, "During an inspiring meeting under the
chairmanship of Chief Minister, some members misinformed him about the number of
Public Sector Health Universities in various provinces of Pakistan".
chairman claimed that only two public sector health universities were operating
in Sindh and one in NWFP, being funded by the HEC. He said the members
misinformed the CM that the HEC was funding to around eight medical universities
"These letters should clarify the incorrect information being provided to Chief
Minister as well as to the Media. This is for record so that the Chief Minister
is informed accordingly", the UHS Chairman said.
MNA Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in his
letter told the Chief Minister, "Participants including the undersigned in the
meeting mentioned about the number of universities in Sindh imparting medical
education. The number quoted in the meeting was 07, which in fact is 08, as
recently the government of Sindh has raised the status of two more medical
colleges, giving them status of medical universities. They include: Chandka
Medical University and Woman Medical University Nawabshah. It is pertinent to
mention here that some of these universities are general universities with
medical college as their constituent college. Therefore these universities have
equal chances to get the funding for the projects from HEC".
informed that the HEC is open to provide funds to Public and Private
Universities, which qualify the criteria and LUMS and Agha Khan Universities are
already getting heavy amount and others are in line to use this window.
is therefore requested that the Vice-Chancellor UHS may be directed to refrain
from writing such letters without thorough investigation and study of the
matter," the MNA asked the Chief Minister in his letter. The Nation
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PBTE students unhappy with 'average' score
Lahore: Commerce students whose papers were lost on June 6 are
unhappy with the results the PBTE announced on July 31. From the 983 students
whose papers had been lost, 905 passed with an 'average' score, calculated from
the score they had secured in earlier exams. Many students, including those who
failed and those who were not happy with the score given to them, protested in
front of the Punjab Assembly (PA) on Friday and shouted slogans against the PBTE
chairman. PA Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmed, who was chairing a PA session
at the time, sent three MPAs, led by Nadeem Kamran, to hear the students'
complaints. The committee assured the students that the matter would be resolved
and briefed the PA deputy speaker on it. Daily Times
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