First year admissions: Over 20,000 seats may remain vacant
Karachi, Sept 14: Over 20,000 seats in public-sector colleges and higher secondary schools are likely to remain vacant after tens of thousands of students did not apply for admission to the city's 132 government colleges and 24 higher secondary schools under the centralised admission policy till the expiry of last deadline, it emerged on Sunday.
While 100,015 seats had been allocated for admissions to first-year classes for the academic session 2011-12, the central admission committee had received less than 80,000 forms till Sept 6, which was the last deadline extended for the purpose.
Over 118,716 candidates, including 113,716 students who were declared successful by the Board of Secondary Education Karachi in Class X exams, were expected to get admissions in pre-engineering, pre-medical, computer science, commerce, humanities and home economics programmes.
The committee had allocated 47,490 and 52,525 seats in the public-sector institutions for male and female candidates, respectively. The faculty-wise allocation of seats was as follows: 23,830 seats in pre-engineering group (15,250 for male and 8,580 for female students); 16,835 in pre-medical (5,740 for male and 11,095 for female students); 1,500 in computer science (800 for male and 700 for female students); 34,470 in commerce (20,300 for male and 14,170 for female students); 22,780 in humanities (5,400 for male and 17,380 for female candidates); and 600 seats in home economics group.
The less number of applications received by the central admission committee despite the fact that the deadline had been extended a couple of times to facilitate the process indicated the dwindling interest of students in higher education being imparted at government higher secondary schools and colleges.
President of the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association Prof Ather Mirza said that shortage of teachers and ill-equipped labs at a number of public-sector colleges in the city were the two main factors responsible for the abysmally poor performance of students in pre-medical exams this year.
He also cited overcrowding of classrooms for deteriorating education standards at government colleges. He said the number of students admitted to first-year classes was over 100. "How it was possible for a teacher to deliver lectures to a class of 120 students as against the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi's (BIEK) prescribed student-teacher ratio of 1:80," he remarked.
He was of the opinion that there was a shortage of over 2,000 teachers in city's government colleges.
Further inquiries showed that increasing influence of politically-backed student organisations, irregular classes and the growing trend among teachers giving more time to private tuitions than holding regular classes at colleges were also responsible for deteriorating standards of education at and fast-diminishing popularity of government colleges. Dawn
Crumbling school building hampers children's education
Karachi: The students, teachers and staff studying of a dilapated school building are forced to take their classes in the open air as the structure had been declared 'dangerous' some three years ago by Education Works. Despite several pleas by the institute's administration, the concerned authorities have turned a blind eye to the safety hazard.
The building in concern houses schools No23 and 24 of the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) and is located in Union Council No9 of Korangi. According to a notification issued on September 18, 2008, the headmaster of the school had been directed to vacate the building as its foundation was badly damaged and cracks could also be seen appearing on the walls.
The concerned department also mentioned that the concrete used in the roof slab had completed its life cycle, warning it could fall on the students and teachers at any point. The building is a safety hazard for more than 400 students that are enrolled in the school, which runs in morning and afternoon shifts.
The CDGK Girls' Primary School No23 runs during the morning, while in the afternoon it turns into the CDGK Boys' Primary School No24.
It was also learnt that the education department never bothered to address the issue. The school's administration had filed a number of applications, requesting that the school be shifted to a safer location. However, they never received a positive response from the concerned authorities.
Currently, the students enrolled in the school are getting educated under the scorching summer sun as they sit outside, fearing that the building could come crashing down at any moment. "I belong to a poor family, which is why I am studying at such a school. There are no classrooms available and we sit on the floor during school hours," related a student of Class-IV. Young female students said that before school begins, they lay Chattai on the floor and sit on that to attend their classes.
The Assistant District Officer Education said that all formal channels have been tried. The management of the school and education offices have written many applications to shift the school to another location, but all their efforts have been vain.
Despite the various setbacks, the school administration has decided to continue with the education process and is conducting classes in the open air, senior teachers. The news
BMU to hold informative sessions for students
Karachi: Baqai Medical University (BMU) will hold an informative session on Wednesday for students keen to seek admissions to MBBS and BDS programmes in the academic year 2011-2012. A BMU official on Saturday said faculty of the Baqai Medical College and Baqai Dental College would provide career counselling to the prospective students. They will also be guided about the future prospects in dental and medical professions. Principal Baqai Dental College Dr Kashif Ikram and Vice Principal Dr Talha Siddiqui will make their respective presentations on medical and dental education and its horizons. The speakers will also take questions from the audience, said the official. BMU Vice Chancellor Dr Syed Azhar Ahmed will also be present on the occasion. app
Fumigation in all public-run colleges ordered
Karachi: Director General (DG) Colleges Prof Dr Nasir Ansar on Sunday directed the heads of all public-run colleges in Sindh to immediately carry out fumigation in their respective colleges as a precautionary measure against the dengue virus.
The principals were also directed to submit a report on fumigation to the DG Colleges office. Meanwhile, severe action would be taken against institutional heads who did not follow the directives, he said.
"Spray is necessary to give a healthy environment to the students and college heads should take interest in this regard," Ansar said.
Meanwhile, Education Minister Pir Mazhar Ul Haq also instructed all executive district officers to carry out fumigation to prevent the possible outbreak of the dengue virus in the educational centres of the province.
Int'l orthodontic conference from 22nd
Karachi: Pakistan Association of Orthodontists (PAO) in coordination with the College of Physicians and Surgeons will hold the First Pakistan International Orthodontic Conference and Second National Orthodontic Conference here from September 22 to September 25.
The organisers said in a press release on Saturday that experts from different countries would attend the First Pakistan International Orthodontic Conference. Some of the prominent foreign guest speakers will be President World Federation of Orthodontics Prof Robert Justus (USA), Prof Loh Kai Woh, President Asia Pacific Orthodontic Society (Singapore), Thomas F Mulligan (USA), Dr Hee Moon KYUNG (South Korea), Dr William Ka Lun Choi (Philippine), Dr Nita Viwattanatipa (Thailand) and Prof Yolanda Villarreal Justus (USA).
There will be an operative session on Endodontics, a Maxillofacial Surgery session and a prosthetic session during the international conference. This would be besides a series of workshops planned for the three-day activity.
A workshop on cleft lip and palate with focus on impression of cleft palate, obturator for cleft palate and hands-on training will be held as part of the second national orthodontic conference.
Prof Nita Viwattanatipa and Prof Ambreen Afzal Ehsan will be the course conductor and coordinator for this workshop. Orthodontic Workshop for General Dentists is also scheduled to be conducted under the national conference. The news