More boys colleges for Rawalpindi

More colleges for boys needed in Pindi city
Rawalpindi, Sept 15: Hundreds of boys will not get admission to public sector colleges due to shortage of institutions in the city offering intermediate and graduate level studies.

According to a survey conducted by this reporter, there are only four colleges for boys run by the provincial government in contrast to 18 public colleges for girls in the city.

Director of Education (Colleges), Rawalpindi Division, Dr Mohammad Ashraf admitted that the proportion of boys' and girls' colleges in the city was lopsided in favour of the latter and said more institutions were definitely needed for boys.

The city has built no new boys' college since the last one Government Degree College for Boys Satellite Town was built over 50 years ago in 1957.

Hashmat Ali College for Boys, which was upgraded to a degree level college two years ago, will however be starting graduate classes this year.

All the four colleges for boys, including Government Asghar Mall College and Government Gordon College, had received thousands of admission applications this year but each institute cannot accommodate more than 1,000 students with limited classrooms and teaching staff.

Umer Farooq, whose son is seeking admission to intermediate level in science stream in a public college, said successive governments had focused on establishing colleges for girls and neglected colleges for boys.

He said his son had obtained over 60 per cent marks in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam but he was unsure whether he would get admission to any public sector college.

Government Asghar Mall College can take in only 1,000 students in four subject combinations in first year intermediate in the morning shift and another 150 students in the less popular afternoon shift. At graduate level, the college, built in 1948, cannot take in more than 800 students as per policy of Punjab university in accordance with facilities available in a particular college.

Government Degree College for Boys Satellite Town offers only 750 seats in first year intermediate. At the graduate level it can only take in 400 students as per the criteria of Punjab university.

Government Gordon College can only accommodate 800 students in first year intermediate in the morning shift and another 250 students in the afternoon shift.

Limited seats in the four colleges have forced parents to seek admission to private colleges that offer costlier education.

Danial Ahmed, a young student who was searching for his name in the final list at Gordon College, said private colleges charge exorbitant fees. One year's fees at a private college can amount to Rs50,000 whereas it is only Rs2,200 in a government college.

Another student, Hadayat Ahmed, said he wanted to get education in a state-run institution because these are usually recognised. Although there is a mushroom growth of private colleges and universities offering diversified courses, these institutes are not only costly but their degrees are often doubtful, he maintained.

This year some 33,137 boys passed the secondary school examination in Rawalpindi division in comparison with 32,363 last year. At higher secondary school level, 9,302 boys passed compared to 8,947 last year.

Although most of the successful students come from Rawalpindi city itself, there are also many students from other districts who for the sake of better education prefer to seek admission to colleges in the division's centre. However, limited seats offered by colleges in Rawalpindi have let many students down.

Hopefully, the situation will change for the better soon.

The director of colleges said Government Boys' Degree College, Dhoke Syedan, would start receiving admissions next year while PC-I of another boys' degree college at Rehmatabad had been completed and funds for its building had already been received.

According to Dr Ashraf, two new boys' degree colleges one near Liaquat Bagh and other at Hazara Colony had been proposed and work on these projects would start as soon as grants were received. Dawn

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SSC exams from Sept 21
Islamabad: Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) will hold the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Supplementary Examination 2010 from September 21.

The roll number slips of the ex/private candidates appearing in the said examination have been dispatched to their concerned addresses given in the admission forms, said a news release issued on Tuesday.

In case, the roll number slip is not received by any candidate upto September 15, he/she are advised to immediately contact the officers of the board.

The telephone numbers are; Controller of Examination (Conduct) 0519250606, Director One Window 0519250612, Deputy Controller of Examinations (SSC Conduct) 0519250620, Assistant Controller of Examinations (SSC Conduct) 0519250642, Assistant Secretary (One Window Cell) 0519250651. The news

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Teachers protest against graduation plan
Rawalpindi: Teachers will observe September 16 (Thursday) as black day in protest against the unavailability of admissions in two-year graduation courses in 26 educational institutions of Punjab.

Punjab's higher education department has stopped enrolling students in two years programmes in 26 colleges, starting four-year degree programmes in different disciplines, said a press release of the Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association here on Tuesday.

Terming the step 'detrimental', Ilyas Qureshi, president of the association, urged the public representatives to come to the rescue of the higher education in the province.

The unions of the teachers have been opposing the four-year degree programmes but the provincial education department has said the introduction of new scheme of studies would bring it at par with international standards.

Director Colleges Rawalpindi division Dr Muhammad Ashraf said all facilities had been provided for the new programmes and extra fees would not be charged.

The director said the normal annual fee would be charged from students seeking admission in the new programmes initially started in selected colleges. If it worked successfully, the four-year programmes would be expanded to other colleges, he said. Dawn

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AIOU to close admissions on Sep 20
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) would close the admissions for the Semester Autumn, 2010 from Matric to Ph.D level around the country with late fee upto September, 20.

Director Admissions AIOU, Sohail Nazir Rana said that the admission forms and prospectus are available in the main campus of university here as well as in its all regional campuses around the country.

The director said the candidates can deposit the admission forms alongwith prescribed fee (with late fee) upto September, 20 in any branch of First Women Banks, Bank Al-Falah, Allied Bank across the country while in nominated branches of National Bank of Pakistan and Habib Bank of Pakistan.

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Institutions in Islamabad reopen
Islamabad: The educational institutes under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) reopened here on Tuesday after about three months of summer holidays.

The FDE announced vacations from June 18 till August 23, which were extended due to Ramazan and Eid till September 13.

Majority of the students were present on the first day after long summer break, said Shagufta, a teacher of the local model college.

Although it is feared the syllabus would not be covered in time, the FDE has decided that the schools would not be closed for winter vacation in December to fill the gap, said an official of the directorate. App

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Gawalmandi college students show good result
Rawalpindi: The students of Government Degree College for Women Gawalmandi, Rawalpindi, excelled in HSSC examinations conducted by Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Rawalpindi 2010, says a press release issued here on Tuesday. The students achieved hundred per cent result in 16 out of the total 20 subjects. Government Degree College for Women Gawalmandi Rawalpindi principal applauded the students for their excellent achievement. The news

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