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Rawalpindi boys colleges seats shortage

Majority of students likely to fail in getting admission
Rawalpindi, Aug 20: The administrations of four boys colleges of Rawalpindi after receiving around 10,000 applications for admission in intermediate are facing the same old dilemma of dropping many worthy students from merit list due to shortage of seats.

It is likely that around 80 per cent of the students will not be able to get admission in Government Degree College, Ashgar Mall College, Hashmat Ali College or Gordon College because number of seats is around 2,000 in them.

Majority of the students have applied in science, pre-engineering, medical humanities and general groups with a hope of getting a seat in any one of them.

An applicant Muhammad Usman said: "I have applied in all these colleges because it is very difficult to find one's name on the merit list due to the less number of colleges and limited number of seats for boys."

Hashmat Ali College Principal Sadiq Malik said: "We have received around 600 applications and we have only got 500 seats."

He said that the students face immense difficulties in getting admission in the colleges and it is a very serious issue. He stressed the need of establishing more postgraduate colleges in the city to facilitate male students.

Asghar Mall College Principal Dr Aleem Ud Din said: "We have received almost 1,500 applications for admission in intermediate groups and the available seats are between 800 to 1,000."

Some colleges have also displayed their first merit lists of successful students.

Gordon College Principal Abdul Qayyum said: "First merit list has been displayed by the admission committee of the college and this year the merit of pre-engineering is 804 that was 650 last year. Its means that majority of students will fail to get admission this year."

Every year hundreds of students fail to get the admission and the parents and the students have appealed to the higher authorities to increase the number of seats and set up new colleges in the city that is the need of the hour.

Obaid Abrar Khan Adds: The parents of students seeking admission in intermediate in Federal Government colleges have appealed to the concerned authorities to change the quota system, because a number of worthy students are deprived of admission in the colleges despite having very good marks.

A number of parents said that the quota system in the FG colleges is injustice with worthy students. They said that due to this quota system they were forced to get admission in private colleges by paying huge amount.

Faheem Ahmed said that his daughter got 725 marks in Secondary School Annual Examination 2009, but failed to get admission in FG College. "Now I have no other option, but to admit my daughter in a private school by paying high fees," he added.Chaudhary Waseem, another father said, "I am government servant and I tried my best to secure admission for my son who has 712 marks, in a FG College, but I failed to do so because of this quota system." He said, "I am not in a position to get admission for my boy in a private college, as I could not pay higher fees."

They urged the authorities concerned to either increase the number of seats for civilians or increase the number of FG colleges especially for boys, so that children of low-income government employees could get admission in them.

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IIU holds Independence Day function
Islamabad: A programme to celebrate Independence Day was held at International Islamic University (IIU) here on Wednesday.

Minister of State Syed Samsam Ali Bukhari was the chief guest on the occasion.

Hamid Alvi, Dr. Parveen Khan, Muhammad Naqshbandi, Begum Humaira Jafri Syed, Ms. Irshad Qadir, and Hafiz-ur-Rehman, were among the guests who shared their experience on 'journey to freedom'.

State Minister Syed Samsam Ali Bukhari while addressing the gathering said that great nations do not bow down in front of anybody. "The spirit of Pakistan is unity. Migration to Madina was also for Islam and the migration to Pakistan was also for Islam," he said.

Director Women Campus Dr. Parveen Qadir Agha said that the theme for the celebration is 'Journey for Freedom'. She said that this is a continuous journey for underprivileged nations. There is a need to celebrate our independence with full enthusiasm.

She praised IIUI President Dr. Anwaar Hussain Siddiqui for promoting gender balance in the university. She was also thankful to all 19 departments that participated in the Independence celebrations. "It is a unique university where there are different campuses for males and female students," she said.

Earlier, Provost Women Campus Mrs. Qaisera Alvi welcomed the guests. She said that Independence Day was celebrated in every nook and corner of Pakistan that promoted nationalism and patriotism.

She said, "Our new generation does not know what slavery is, they should condemn the shackles of slavery and should understand the importance of a free state. We should never forget the sacrifices of our ancestors who have gone through several hardships and those who have lost their immediate family members in the migration to the land of pure."

Mrs. Qaisera Alvi said that now we can see that there is hatred all around us and our hearts are saddened by the insecurity. Big countries are waiting for us to disintegrate and we should counter their intentions by committing ourselves to unity.

The programme was hosted by Amrat Haq, Saira Akhtar Hashmi sang a national song 'Watan Ki Mitti' and a documentary on Journey to Freedom was presented that was prepared by Aniqa. The news

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Math culture vital to inventions, say experts
Islamabad: Participants at opening ceremony of the 10th International Pure Mathematics Conference (IPMC) 2009 have called for an adequate mathematical culture in the country to introduce innovations in the fields of science and technology.

The conference was arranged by Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU), Preston University and Pakistan Mathematical Society with an endeavour to improve quality of research in mathematics and expose young mathematicians to technicalities of this subject.

Developments in the field of mathematics could contribute a lot in the uplift of economy and such conferences were essential to broaden the vision of educationists, the participants observed.

Education Secretary Abdul Rauf was the chief guest on the occasion. He said mathematics was backbone of science and played pivotal role in development of a scientific society.

He stressed the need to arrange such national and international conferences that could provide an impetus to mathematicians for research in all areas of mathematics. app

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