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College admission blues in Lahore

LAHORE, Aug 7: College admission merit is likely to decline this year as the matriculation result was 9 percent lower than last year, but the competition will still be tough because of decrease in the number of seats in various colleges and a significant increase in the number of applicants.

The Kinnaird College (KC), the Government College University (GCU), the Forman Christian College (FCC) and the Lahore College For Women University (LCWU) were top priority among students to get admissions in intermediate classes.

Lahore being the key city in rendering education and cultural activities has been attracting a good number of students from across the country every year.

The last year's merit lists showed that the merit was high as last year examinations had occurred on part-wise basis. This year due to composite system the result remained below 9 percent as compared to the last year.

Last year the pass percentage was 59.5 percent and this year pass percentage remained 50.25.

Hasaam, a student from Sargodha, said he had applied in the GCU and wanted to study pre-medical. He said he had secured 765 marks in matriculation exam and he wanted to become a doctor.

Iqra, a student from Lahore, said she had applied in general science group in the KC. She said she had secured 767 marks in matriculation. She said, "I want to join the King Edward because I think it is a good institution." Noreen, a student from Sheikhupura, said she had applied in the LCWU in pre-medical group. She said she had got 725 marks in matriculation. She said it would be a miracle if her name would came in the merit list. She said she had also applied in the KC.

Government College University

Last year the pre-medical merit was 929 marks, pre-engineering remained 922, ICS remained 774, general science remained 826, arts remained 714 and I Com remained 638. GCU deputy registrar Saboor Ahmad Khan said last year the college had issued 13,000 prospectuses to intermediate students. He said out of these students only 2,000 students had fulfiled the college's criteria for admission. He said, "This year we are expecting more applications." He said the merit could reduce, as pass percentage had remained low this year. He said students with less marks could avail an opportunity to join the GCU. He said there has been no change in the college's admission policy. He said, "We have not increased the number of seats."

Lahore College for Women University

Last year the pre-medical merit was 929 marks, pre-engineering remained 922; ICS with physics, computer science and math remained 851; ICS with economics, computer science and math remained 804, general science remained 826, I COM remained 774 marks and arts remained 714. The LCWU vice chancellor Prof Dr Bushra Mateen said the LCWU had increased the number of seats in order to admit more students. She said the LCWU had also started evening classes. She hoped that the merit would decrease this year. She said the LCWU had received more applications as compared to the last year. In general science, she said, the university would give admission to 1,000 students and 1,500 admissions would be given to arts students.

Forman Christian College

Last year the pre-medical merit was 82 percent, pre- engineering remained 86 percent, ICS remained 65 percent and arts remained 65 percent. FC director admission Amber Pal said this year the FC had decreased seats, as the last year the college offered admissions to 1,000 students, but this year the college would admit only 850 students. She said after given autonomous status the FC was focusing on the graduation classes. She said, "As we are focusing on the graduation classes so we have decided to decrease the number of seats. She said she hoped that the merit would not decrease, as there was competition among students. She said a student who had scored 700 marks could get admission in the FC.

Kinnaird College

Last year the pre-medical merit was 953 marks, pre-engineering remained 935, general science remained 875 and ICS remained 888 marks. A KC admission committee official said that the KC had increased number of seats and 400 students would be enrolled in science category, 450 students in arts category and 100 students would be enrolled in general science and computer science categories. She said this year there would be a tough competition among students regarding admissions. She said she was expecting that the merit would be a wee bit low this year. She said last year the college had issued 5,000 prospectuses among students. She said this year more prospectuses would be issued to give more admissions. Daily times
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