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Rawalpindi and Islamabad students facing problem in getting admission

Rawalpindi, Aug 27: Students - both male and female -- have been facing immense difficulties in getting admissions in colleges. The situation is more complex for boys due to a limited number of colleges for them in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Students, who had recently passed their Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) examinations, have been running from pillar to post to seek admissions in colleges.

Talking to us here on Friday, students, who had applied in different academic institutions, criticised the government for its failure in addressing the problem of admissions.

Musadiq said that he had applied for admission at Asghar Mall College in science group. "Despite getting good marks in the Secondary School Certificate Annual Examination 2007, I had failed in getting admission there because of shortage of seats. The situation is the same at Government Gordon College," he said.

Rukhsana Tayyab, who had applied for admission at Government College for Women, Satellite Town, narrated a similar story.

Mohammad Mairaj, who had passed Secondary School Certificate Annual Examination 2007 conducted by the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE), said that he could not get admission in any college of Islamabad. He had obtained 700 marks.

Afshan Khan of Islamabad, while narrating her efforts for getting admission in an academic institution, burst into tears, saying that all her all efforts failed. She wanted to get admission in Islamabad College for Girls, Sector F-6/2.

The students interviewed, criticised the government for not opening more colleges in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. They said that their parents couldn't afford to pay heavy fees of private colleges.

Despite repeated calls, concerned officials in education departments of Rawalpindi and Islamabad were not available for comments.

However, the official spokesman of the education department in Rawalpindi, when contacted,' said that due to non-availability of land and funds there were no plans to open new colleges for boys and girls in the city in the ongoing financial year.

An official in the Ministry of Education, Islamabad, on condition of anonymity, said that establishment of government colleges and schools requires funds in the annual budget. He said that a small allocation has been made for this purpose in the budget for the current year. Under these circumstances, no new college for boys or girls could be set up, he added. The news
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