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Lahore colleges and universities admission seekers fleeced
« on: August 09, 2008, 02:08:58 PM »
Lahore colleges and universities admission seekers fleeced
Admission seekers being fleeced


Lahore, Aug 09, 2008: Students and their parents have also expressed concerns over disparity in the admission schedules and prices of prospectuses, urging the authorities concerned to develop a uniform admission mechanism to facilitate the admission-seekers.

The public sector colleges and autonomous institutions have been fleecing admission-seeking students by selling prospectuses at exorbitant prices.

The private colleges and universities have also been minting money through the sale of prospectuses in addition to charging for admission-forms. Furthermore, some government institutions have been collecting money from the students under different heads.

A survey conducted showed that students and their parents were quite disturbed during the on-going admission season. Most of them expressed reservations over the exorbitant prices of prospectuses and other expenditures in this regard, saying the expenses were proving an extra financial burden on them.

According to the data collected in connection with the price of prospectuses, the Govt Queen Marry Collegeís administration has been selling the prospectus at Rs 200, the Government College University (GCU) Rs 200, the Govt College for Women Gulberg Rs 160, the Govt College for Women Samanabad Rs 150, the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) Rs 100, the Govt College for Women Shadbagh Rs 100, the Govt Model College for Women Model Town Rs 100, the Govt APWA College Rs 100, the Govt College of Science Wahdat Road Rs 120, the Govt College for Boys Township Rs 100.

However, there are some public sector colleges who have been selling prospectuses on relatively lower prices. The institutes include the Govt Islamia College Civil Lines Rs 20, the Govt College for Women Bilal Ganj for Rs 50, the Govt College for Women Baghbanpura Rs 60, the Govt Islamia College Railway Road Rs 50, the Govt MAO College Rs 40, the Govt Dyal Singh College Rs 50, the Govt College for Boys Ravi Road Rs 60 and the Govt Shalimar College Rs 60.

Fraz, a student, said since students had to buy prospectuses of more than one college or university to ensure their admission, the purchase of forms was proving an extra financial burden for them. "I am seeking admission to Fact class", he said, adding "I have bought prospectuses of three different colleges to ensure my admission to one of them".

He said some colleges were selling the prospectuses on cheap rates whereas other institutes were charging exorbitant prices in this regard, putting poor students and their parents in trouble. "It appears as if there is no authority to check the public sector colleges", he said, adding "The Higher Education Department must look into the issue to provide relief to the poor students".

Taj Khan, the father of a student, said, in the wake of the increasing inflation, people found it hard to buy costly prospectuses of different institutes for their children. He added it was unfortunate that like private colleges and universities, the government institutes were also fleecing the poor people.

"Why the government cannot ensure the availability of prospectuses on low and uniform rates", he questioned suggesting the whole admission process should be centralized to facilitate the students and their parents.

Another citizen, Aftab Ahmed, said it was a matter of great concern for most of the people that some government colleges had been collecting funds from the admission-seekers under different heads.

He said prospectuses were seldom read by the students as the admission form was their real concern, adding a nominal fee should be charged to facilitate the students and their parents.

Another citizen suggested that government should direct the colleges to sell admission forms only and not the whole prospectus. "It is generally observed that such prospectuses are thrown without being read by the students", he added.

A student, Faiza, said female students had to face great difficulties during the admission days as they had to visit different colleges to collect admission related information and forms, etc. "It is unfortunate that institutes like Kinnaird College and LCWU are not providing forms on their respective websites", she added.

She suggested that the government should ensure the availability of admission forms of all the public sector colleges online on the websites of the board and education department or websites of different college to save students and their parents from the fatigue of visiting institute after institute.
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