Punjab colleges first year admission forms
SSC students up for 'admission contest'
Lahore, Aug 09: With the declaration of
secondary school certificate (matriculation) annual examinations for 2011
results by all the eight boards, students are frantically visiting all top
colleges and universities to purchase and submit admission forms to secure
admissions to first year classes in the institutions of their choice.
As the results show that students have obtained very high marks ranging over
and around 90 per cent (thanks to the objective-type questions), the competition
is tough for securing seats particularly in pre-medical and pre-engineering
disciplines. The contest will get tougher, as the top scorers from other seven
boards also apply for admission to universities in Lahore. In other major cities
of Punjab, though merit will be low in colleges the competition to secure seats
will remain tough.
As there are quite less seats available in public sector universities and
colleges particularly the top institutions, the students are submitting
admission forms to various colleges as well as different disciplines to secure
admissions by chance – if not by choice.
Besides public sector universities, private sector colleges have also opened
admissions to their intermediate programmes offering a wide range of disciplines
including science, humanities, commerce and computer.
The rush in universities and colleges shows that there is an acute shortage
of higher education facilities as compared to the number of applicants. Though
the private sector colleges are shouldering the burden, there is a persistent
complaint about their ever-soaring fees. The private colleges, which have earned
a repute of imparting relatively quality education, keep on exploiting students
As many as 120,977 students have qualified the matriculation annual
examination from Lahore board alone that include 12,998 carrying A+ grades and
17,334 students A grades. While, there are only 70 colleges in Lahore division,
including some 36 colleges in Lahore districts besides universities and
degree-awarding institutions offering intermediate level education.
Student Muhammad Asim, an aspirant for Government College University, said he
was applying with A+ marks but not sure that he would get admission to the
varsity's engineering discipline. He said the need was that the Punjab
government should set up or upgrade colleges that could offer quality education
on a par with GCU, FC College and LUMS, so that at least all A+ and A graders
could get quality education.
However, students' trends show that everybody wants to be admitted to
renowned colleges and many of them (who can afford exorbitant fees) even turn to
known private sector colleges to seek quality education. While a large majority
of public sector colleges complete their admissions much after the closure of
admissions to top public sector institutes, a large number of students are
accommodated in most (low priority) colleges.
There were persistent complaints in previous years that students even pay
fees on getting admissions to certain colleges and wait for the merit lists in
other relatively better colleges. In certain cases, they get admissions to
better colleges and keep on blocking the seats, where they had submitted fees.
The colleges neither refund fees nor cross off students' names, who did not join
and the seat eventually fall vacant after three months, when everybody gets
Though the higher education department never identified such vacant seats nor
took remedial measures, the department has this year introduced online
admissions to 24 colleges in nine districts, including eight colleges in
While hundreds of thousands of students are busy in seeking admissions to
colleges, a good number of students are still running from pillar to post to get
their results corrected from their respective boards after finding
discrepancies, while others are applying in the wake of rumours, which in some
cases turns out true. The board offices remained open on Sunday to rectify
students' complaints. Dawn
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LCWU extends admission forms date
Lahore: Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) on Monday extended the date to obtain and
submit admission forms for Intermediate classes till August 12, 2011.
Earlier, the varsity had set till August 9 as the last date for
receiving and submission of admission forms.
LCWU Vice Chancellor Dr
Sabiha Mansoor allowed the extension on account of bad weather.
spokesman for the varsity said prospectus along with forms were available at
specific branches of The Bank of Punjab (BoP) and could be received at LCWU
Campus till August 12 during working hours. The first merit list will be
displayed on August19.
Meanwhile, sources in the Higher Education
Department said the department was likely to issue direction to government
colleges to extend the dates for receiving and submission of forms for admission
to intermediate classes in the wake of weather conditions with heavy rains in
different parts of the province. The news
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PMA rejects evening shift
Lahore: All branches of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) have strongly rejected the
'so-called and self-made' proposal of the federal government to start evening
classes at public and private medical colleges of the country. Talking to
reporters at the PMA House here on Sunday, PMA office-bearers called it an
attempt to destroy medical education standard and future of thousands of
students and warned of the government an "un-ending and vigorous" country-wide
agitation if the government tried to materialise this plan.
The office-bearers of all the main branches of the PMA including
general-secretary (centre) Dr Mirza Ali Azhar, joint-secretary (centre) Dr
Shahid Malik, treasurer Dr. Qaisar Sajjad, Punjab chapter president Prof Dr
Ashraf Nizami, Lahore chapter president Dr Tanveer Anwar, general-secretary Dr.
Izhar Chaudhry and Young Doctors Association Pakistan Secretary-General Dr
Salman Kazmi were present.
"A high-power commission should immediately be formed to look into the
affairs of medical education in public and private sector and role of the
Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) as a regulatory body," Dr Azhar
He demanded reconstitution of the PMDC with powers to act as autonomous and
independent body against groups having obvious vested interests in the medical
profession. Dr Azhar said some federal government officials were making
"underhand deal" to start evening shift at public and private medical and dental
colleges to watch the interests of a "specified group" behind the move.
"The PMA believes that all manipulations like decision of initiating evening
shift are based on unscrupulous and unethical practices. There is strong lobby
in the government which is playing foul at the cost of health of poor patients
and the medical education," he said. He said the PMA was not against private
medical colleges, but it always demanded that all public and private medical
colleges be established under the rules set by the PMDC.
Unfortunately, he said, the PMDC had been granting permission to medical
colleges in violation of its own rules. At the moment, there are 108 medical
colleges registered all over the country and many more are in the pipeline, he
said. These colleges were short of facilities, including proper faculty, or they
did not have good teaching hospitals attached with them for imparting training
to students as prescribed by the PMDC.
In these circumstances, Dr Azhar said, the efforts to launch evening classes
at medical colleges meant to play havoc with not only the future of students but
the lives of patients. This fact could not be ignored that there was not even a
single private medical college in United Kingdom, Ireland and Scotland.
"As the medical education is a full-time job, we fail to understand how the
students will be accommodated in evening classes and what would be the format of
these classes. Which faculty will look them after and what would be the modus
operandi of the clinical teaching as all OPDs, clinics and surgeries take place
in the morning hours," he said.
By starting evening classes, the federal government is going to make a mess
of medical education which ultimately may destroy the institutions, he warned.
He said it would open the doors of corruption at every level. It would be a big
blow to entire medical education system.
"The PMA condemns the idea of establishing evening medical colleges," Dr
Nizami said. He called it a burning issue and sought immediate intervention of
the President and the Prime Minster to look into it.
Dr Shahid Malik said the issue of evening shift came to the surface in the
month of March 2011 when Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences
vice-chancellor was required to give a presentation at PMDC's 118th meeting to
be held on April 3, 2011. The medical community acted immediately as the PMA
called a press conference on March 28, 2011 at Karachi and strongly criticised
this move. Then again on April 1, 2011, the association called another press
conference and informed the government regarding disastrous effects of this plan
on medical education in the country. Similarly, he said, the Punjab chapter of
the PMA had also expressed its resentment over the issue in a press conference
According to new development, Dr Shahid said, the government in connivance
with some federal ministers was again planning to start evening shift classes in
public and medical colleges which was evident from a letter (No 1014/PSPM/2011
dated June 15, 2011) issued by the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister to
materialise this proposal.
He warned that the medical community would not allow the government and the
PMDC at any cost to fulfill the designs of some influential people, who wanted
introducing evening shift merely for want of money. Dawn
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VC felicitates IUB media students
Bahawalpur: The Islamia University of Bahawalpur vice chancellor said that the
varsity's Media Studies Department had been glorifying the name of the
university and its students had been achieving prominent distinctions in various
competitions at national level.
It may be recalled that the
IUB Media Studies Department's documentary "Papa Ghar Par Nahin Hain" secured
second position among six short listed productions in the Transparency
International Pakistan's Intervarsity/Colleges Documentary Competition.
In this connection, a prize
distribution ceremony was held at Karachi, in which Dr. Abdul Wajid Khan, Agha
Sadaf Mehdi and student Muhammad Faraz represented IUB.
On the occasion, the VC
felicitated the production team on this exclusive distinction and has said that
the students of IUB were not behind any of the public or private sector
university of the country.
The VC also advised chairman
of Media Studies Department Dr. Ghulam Shabbir Baloch to produce an exclusive
documentary of the IUB.
He also congratulated the
Sports Director Amjad Farooq for his nomination to be part of the national squad
representing Pakistan in the 26th World Universiade Games in China.
The Higher Education
Commission has included him in the contingent as Manager of the HEC Judo Team in
the games being held in Shenzhen, China from 12th to 23rd August 2011.
His nomination in the China
bound squad has been hailed in the sports circle of Bahawalpur and affiliated
institution of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur with the hope that this
sequence will continue further and IUB players will keep on achieving honour for
their university. The nation
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Lahore: In order to provide knowledge to young students, the Association For Academic
Quality (AFAQ) is developing and publishing a creative set of encyclopaedias on
personalities, countries, inventions and animals on monthly basis.
The AFAQ has so far published 48 issues of encyclopaedias in Urdu, English
and Arabic and presented in Sri Lanka, UK, Dubai, America, and Malaysia besides
Association's spokesman Saqib Hameed says the AFAQ Encyclopaedias offer
unique information on various topics. It presents exciting new information and
learning activities for children aged between seven and 13. He says this
encyclopaedia instills a look-it-up habit and captures the imagination of young
children with engaging photography, artwork, and information on the topics they
With articles by scholars from around the world, this set takes an
interdisciplinary look at the institutions and practices of societies throughout
history. The spokesman says the encyclopaedias are the perfect tool for homework
assignments, building research skills, and making learning fun for children.
Mr Hameed says the encyclopaedia presents social, cultural and political
history of world from antiquity to the present day.
"The AFAQ encyclopaedia is the first to document and interpret every work,
major and minor, that has played a role in the history of world. It is by no
means a routine, mechanical exercise in fact-finding but a creative activity,"
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GCU debating summer camp
Lahore: The Government College University Debating Society has launched a National
Debates Summer Camp to train the young aspiring students in the art of English
and Urdu parliamentary-style debates.
Former GCU Debating Society president Barrister Omer Mehmood Khan, who has
won a record number of awards at national and international parliamentary
debates, will coach students in public speaking at the one-month summer
GCU Debating Society co-adviser Muhammad Saddique Awan says registration for
the summer camp is open till Monday (today), 2pm while the camp will be
inaugurated on Tuesday (tomorrow). He says the summer camp is totally
free-of-cost and open for all students who belong to GCU or anywhere else.
"The objective of this free-of-cost summer camp is to gather young students
from diverse backgrounds under one roof and train them in the art of public
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