College admissions with 19,575 more seats begin
Karachi, July 28: As many as 19,575 seats have been increased in the government-run colleges, and now 99,800 seats are available for first-year admissions in different groups in the 124 government colleges of the city.
This was stated by the chairman of the Centralized Admission Policy committee, Prof Dr Rafique Ahmed Siddiqui, at a press briefing on the CAP policy and procedure for this year on Monday. The briefing was held at the Government College for Boys and Girls, SRE Majeed, Stadium Road.
He said the number of seats available in the colleges last year was 80,225 in the Pre-Engineering, Pre-Medical, Computer Science, Commerce, Humanities and Home Economics groups. He added that a meeting of all the principals of Karachi colleges would be held soon to resolve the issue of classrooms and other arrangements in view of the increased number of seats.
Last year 82,000 placements were made for admissions to government colleges in different groups, he said. He added that 92,000 admission brochures were sold last year.
This year 99,942 students (81,066 in the Science group and 18,871 in the Arts group) have passed the matriculation exam, while about 5,000 candidates were expected from O' Level, and other education boards, he said.
He said candidates who had passed O' Level, matriculation exam from boards outside Karachi, Technical Board, General Science (Computer) group and Home Economics group would submit their forms at only Bank Al-Habib's Karimabad and M.A Jinnah Road branches. He added that this would help in better scrutinising of the forms.
Prof Siddiqui, who is also the director-general of colleges in Sindh, also said that 16 claim centres had also been established, nine for female and seven for male candidates. The number of claim centres was 12 last year, seven for female and five for male candidates, he added.
He said two per cent quota for girl students with co-education and two per cent quota for disabled candidates had been allocated this year as was done last year.
Five new colleges
The colleges opened last year are the Government Degree Girls College, Orangi Town Sector 11; Government Degree Girls College, Qasba Colony; Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Government Degree Girls College, Manzoor Colony (Azam Basti); Dukhtar-i-Mashriq Government Degree Girls College, Jamshed Road; and Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Government Degree Boys College, Bihar Colony, he said.
"A proposal has been sent to the education secretary to give SNE (statement of new expenditure) to these five colleges for transfer and posting of teachers there," he added.
He said in many colleges new faculties were going to be opened. A Computer Science faculty would be opened in the Adamjee Government Science College, Computer Science faculty in Government Ayesha Bawany College (M), Humanities faculty in Government College for Men, Nazimabad, Pre-Engineering and Pre-Medical faculties in Government Degree Boys College, K.M.C Store; Computer Science faculty in Government College for Women, 11-F New Karachi; Commerce faculty in Government Degree Girls College, Orangi 11-1/2, Commerce Government Degree Girls College, Orangi 7-C; Computer Science faculty in Government College for Women, Saudabad; Pre-Engineering faculty in Government Girls Degree College, Metroville; and Commerce faculty in Government Degree Girls College, Mehmoodabad.
He said the board had approved the affiliation of different colleges for the faculty of commerce in view of the increasing interest of students in commerce group. "We as CAP members are bound to give a student admission to the same faculty where he or she is requesting," he added.
Prof Siddiqui said, following a court decision, 650 lecturers had been regularised. They were getting posting orders from the secretariat and would be posted in various colleges of the province on the basis of their domiciles.
He said 1,230 posts of lecturers were vacant. He said the Sindh Public Service Commission was requisitioned to recruit 650 lecturers six months back and now they were being posted on the basis of domicile. He added that the rest of the vacant posts would be filled soon. He added that the record of 519 ad-hoc lecturers had been sent to the Sindh Public Service Commission as well.
He said that 5,873 teachers were working in the government-run colleges throughout Sindh. He added that the regional directors would appoint the non-teaching staff from grades 1 to 15 as per their discretion.
The committee chairman said CAP would not buy any furniture for the DG office and any other office because funds were not available for it. He added that the audit report of CAP was yet to be completed and it would be presented to the media at a next press briefing.
The promotion of college teachers from BPS-17 to BPS-18 and from BPS-18 to BPS-19 has already been done while the promotion of BPS-19 teachers to BPS-20 was expected soon. He added that the notification for the promotion of BPS-17 and BPS-18 teachers would be issued soon.
The sale of placement forms would begin on July 28, he said. "The price of CAP brochure is Rs50 this year while this brochure was sold at Rs75 last year," he added.
The last date of issuance of placement forms was Aug 8, which might be extended if required, he said. This year the task of selling and submission of CAP brochure was given to Bank Al-Habib. He said the admission brochures would be available at 50 branches in the 18 towns of Karachi while last year this facility was available at 42 branches. The number of bank branches had been increased so that the candidates could easily avail of the facility, he added.
Prof Siddiqui said the CAP members would monitor and visit different bank branches and help solve problems of the candidates on the spot. All colleges would act as guidance centres for the students, he added. PpiYour Comments
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