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Tough race likely for university admissions

LAHORE, Aug 29: A large number of students have applied to the top universities and colleges of the city for BA and BSc courses and a tough competition is building up in them.

The results of intermediate exams held in April were announced earlier this month after which the rush kept on building. Lahore has a large number of universities and always attracts a large number of students from all over the country. The universities getting the most queries are the Government College University (GCU), Forman Christian (FC) College, Kinnaird College (KC) and the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU).

Hassan Murtaza, a student from Mandi Bahauddin, said he had applied in the GCU for admission in BSc. He said he had got 865 marks in FSc and hoped that his name would come in the first merit list.

Maira, a candidate for BS honours in LCWU, said she had got 877 marks in FSc and hoped that her name would come in the first merit list.

Lahore College

The vice chancellor of the LCWU said the varsity had started new BA and BSc honours courses in 23 disciplines. She said the institution planned to enrol 1,400 students in these four-years degree programmes this year. She said that last year, the merit for BSc in the various subjects were: Zoology 804, chemistry 791, botany 670, physics 694, mathematics 670, statistics 663, environmental science 724, economics 667, home economics 675, psychology 662, mass communication 719, political science 665, gender studies 660, international relations 662, philosophy 660, English literature 684, Urdu literature 660, Punjabi 660, Pakistan studies 660, Islamic studies 669 and in fine arts, it was 660.

FC College

FC College vice rector CJ Dobash said that 600 students, including 200 girls, were enrolled last year in BA and BSc honours programmes. He expected more students to apply this year since the intermediate result was better this year compared to last year's. Another official of FC said that the college was focusing on the bachelors classes. He said that last year, the final merit was 55 percent. He said he did not believe the merit would decrease this year because the rush of candidates was strong. He said anyone who scored 55 to 60 percent in intermediate could get admission in the college.

Kinnaird College

KC acting principal Dr Seemi Khan said that this year, the college required the NTS clearance certificate for admission in the BA and BSc courses. She said the practice was new for the college and it was difficult to predict the consequent merit conditions. Another KC official said that the college had started four-year BA and BSc honours programmes in 14 subjects. He said the college had decided to enrol only those students who secure 60 percent in the NTS test. He said the college was getting more applications for admission this year.

GC University

An official from the GCU said that last year, the merit for BA and BSc was 733. He said last year, the varsity had started combined classes for girls and boys in the bachelors' degree classes. He said about 1,500 students, including 25 percent girls, had been enrolled in the honours programmes last year. He said the number of applications this year was more than last year and students with low numbers could also get admission in GCU this year. He said the varsity had its historical importance and students from all over the country wanted admission in the college. Daily times
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