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Lahore colleges and universities admission seekers fleeced

Admission seekers being fleeced
Lahore, Aug 09, 2008: Students and their parents have also expressed concerns over disparity in the admission schedules and prices of prospectuses, urging the authorities concerned to develop a uniform admission mechanism to facilitate the admission-seekers.

The public sector colleges and autonomous institutions have been fleecing admission-seeking students by selling prospectuses at exorbitant prices.

The private colleges and universities have also been minting money through the sale of prospectuses in addition to charging for admission-forms. Furthermore, some government institutions have been collecting money from the students under different heads.

A survey conducted showed that students and their parents were quite disturbed during the on-going admission season. Most of them expressed reservations over the exorbitant prices of prospectuses and other expenditures in this regard, saying the expenses were proving an extra financial burden on them.

According to the data collected in connection with the price of prospectuses, the Govt Queen Marry Collegeís administration has been selling the prospectus at Rs 200, the Government College University (GCU) Rs 200, the Govt College for Women Gulberg Rs 160, the Govt College for Women Samanabad Rs 150, the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) Rs 100, the Govt College for Women Shadbagh Rs 100, the Govt Model College for Women Model Town Rs 100, the Govt APWA College Rs 100, the Govt College of Science Wahdat Road Rs 120, the Govt College for Boys Township Rs 100.

However, there are some public sector colleges who have been selling prospectuses on relatively lower prices. The institutes include the Govt Islamia College Civil Lines Rs 20, the Govt College for Women Bilal Ganj for Rs 50, the Govt College for Women Baghbanpura Rs 60, the Govt Islamia College Railway Road Rs 50, the Govt MAO College Rs 40, the Govt Dyal Singh College Rs 50, the Govt College for Boys Ravi Road Rs 60 and the Govt Shalimar College Rs 60.

Fraz, a student, said since students had to buy prospectuses of more than one college or university to ensure their admission, the purchase of forms was proving an extra financial burden for them. "I am seeking admission to Fact class", he said, adding "I have bought prospectuses of three different colleges to ensure my admission to one of them".

He said some colleges were selling the prospectuses on cheap rates whereas other institutes were charging exorbitant prices in this regard, putting poor students and their parents in trouble. "It appears as if there is no authority to check the public sector colleges", he said, adding "The Higher Education Department must look into the issue to provide relief to the poor students".

Taj Khan, the father of a student, said, in the wake of the increasing inflation, people found it hard to buy costly prospectuses of different institutes for their children. He added it was unfortunate that like private colleges and universities, the government institutes were also fleecing the poor people.

"Why the government cannot ensure the availability of prospectuses on low and uniform rates", he questioned suggesting the whole admission process should be centralized to facilitate the students and their parents.

Another citizen, Aftab Ahmed, said it was a matter of great concern for most of the people that some government colleges had been collecting funds from the admission-seekers under different heads.

He said prospectuses were seldom read by the students as the admission form was their real concern, adding a nominal fee should be charged to facilitate the students and their parents.

Another citizen suggested that government should direct the colleges to sell admission forms only and not the whole prospectus. "It is generally observed that such prospectuses are thrown without being read by the students", he added.

A student, Faiza, said female students had to face great difficulties during the admission days as they had to visit different colleges to collect admission related information and forms, etc. "It is unfortunate that institutes like Kinnaird College and LCWU are not providing forms on their respective websites", she added.

She suggested that the government should ensure the availability of admission forms of all the public sector colleges online on the websites of the board and education department or websites of different college to save students and their parents from the fatigue of visiting institute after institute.

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"its very good effort but u it requires more. u should also mentions the last dates to submit the forms."
Name: Muhammad Fazeel
City, Country: lahore, pakistan

"i am a marketing student with an HND and would grateful to gain admission to obtain a degree.i am a cameroonian "
Name: wandji catherine
City, Country: limbe,cameroon

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Revolutionising Model United Nations
Islamabad: The All-Pakistan Beaconhouse Model United Nations (BMUN) Conference 2008 was held here from July 31 to August 3. The conference, the largest student summit of its kind in the capital's history, was attended by over 400 delegates from 35 institutions nationwide. It was planned and organised entirely by former and current students of the BMI, and received exclusive media coverage from Geo Television Network.

The BMUN Society was established in January 2007 with the mission of promoting diplomatic discourse and the spirit of peaceful conflict resolution among the youth of Pakistan. To this end, BMUN had already held two regional conferences in February 2007 and February 2008. BMUN 2008 was the largest and grandest to date, making BMUN the second-largest MUN organisation in the country.

The conference started off with a grand opening ceremony in the BMI auditorium. In his opening address, BMUN Director General Usman Masood welcomed the delegates to the conference and briefed them on the rich debate and the exciting social events that were planned for them. The guest of honour, Ishrat Rizvi, spoke about the historical significance of Model UN and chief guest Khalif Bile Mohamud, the WHO representative in Pakistan, advised the audience on the role of the United Nations in the present world, and the responsibilities that the young aspiring delegates had towards the global diplomatic arena. Finally, BMUN Secretary General Muhammad Asad Liaqat declared the conference officially open.

The guests then moved on to the Global Village where delegates had done a splendid job of representing their country's customs, traditions, costumes and cuisine etc. This ranged from native African dances to Saudi dates to Spanish country music. There was a bit of everything global in the magnificent Global Village that the BMUN team and delegates had managed to salvage despite the thunderous rain earlier in the afternoon.

Over the next three days, delegates engaged in intense debate in ten different committees that were simulated at the conference. They either represented their allotted countries in 8 different committees of the United Nations, or their allotted political figures in the Pakistan National Assembly and the Roundtable Conferences 1930-32. The topics ranged from implementing peace in the Gaza Strip and the issue of child marriages in the UN General Assembly committee to reducing world opium production and human rights violations in Tibet in the Economic and Social Council. The Security Council revisited the issue of outside interference in a state's internal matters.

For the first time in Pakistan, the Pakistan National Assembly was simulated which discussed the rising food prices in Pakistan. The Roundtable Conferences, also a first, discussed the political situation in pre-independence India and proposed a combined India with autonomous provinces. All ten committees passed UN-style resolutions which represented the agreements reached between the delegates in the course of 15 hours of debate. These resolutions were then discussed and ratified in the concluding General Assembly session.

In addition to the committee sessions in the day, the delegates were provided with solid entertainment in the evenings by the Social Events team led by Haris Aziz. On the second night of the conference, a 'Talent Show' was held with spectacular lighting and sound arrangements, in which delegates displayed their talents in a multitude of forms. As delegates sang, danced and in general performed their way through the show, all those attending were dazzled by the sheer impact of the performances. The following night, a carnival themed 'World War 2.5: When BMUN Went Haywire' was held. Delegates were let loose after two days of intense debate and what resulted was breathtaking scenes in the football tournament and the counter-strike tournament. There was a pirate ship, food stalls and other attractions to make sure the delegates enjoy themselves to the fullest before the final day.

On the closing day of the conference, after the General Assembly session, the delegates all dressed up for the glamorous 'Tinsel Town' dinner cum closing ceremony. After the closing remarks by the USG Committees director general, Sarah Khan, spoke about the astonishingly high level of debate at the BMUN conference, and the diplomatic mastery that had been exercised by delegates while drafting and passing resolutions. As the committee chairs announced the winners of the Outstanding Diplomacy Awards, the atmosphere was electric with excitement and anticipation. The delegation of the USA from Punjab University was awarded the Best Delegation Award on account of their delegates' brilliant performance in all committees. At the end of the ceremony, Secretary General BMUN Asad Liaqat expressed his satisfaction over the successful conclusion of the conference and reaffirmed BMUN's commitment towards its mission. After he had officially declared the conference closed and the audience had settled down for dinner and a few rounds of tambola, one could sense that something remarkable had happened: The concept of MUN in Pakistan had been revolutionised and a new standard set for many years to come.

BMU Secretary General Muhammad Asad Liaqat (The News)

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