The Punjab government has shuts its doors on students seeking admission in 2-year B.Com programme in all 26 colleges of the province where 4-year BS (Honours) programme has been initiated from academic year 2010-11 for graduates.
As per sources, a letter from the Secretary Higher Education has been sent to all the principals of these institutes in which the latter have been directed to stop admission in the 2-year programme, and further instructing them to give admissions to students in the 4-year programme.
This has caused anxiety among students and their parents since number of students would be drastically reduced though the administrations of these colleges aver that they would be giving admission to around 1400 students in each college, and would be able to get nod from the Punjab University, which is being deemed impossible by adversaries of this approach, who think that the University would hesitate in extending affiliation to such a large number of students for 4-year degree. They also doubt the assertions of colleges’ administrations that the latter are in contact with the University in this regard. “Succinctly, the University has not given affiliation to three colleges of the city – MAO, Civil Lines and Science College – but the government has allowed them to proceed with admissions. In case, the University will not accept the request of these colleges, what will be the fate of these students?” questioned the source. “It will be another crisis, and students will be on road certainly,” he predicted.
The source mentioned that the Punjab University has allowed the Government Muhammaden Anglo-Oriental College to give admissions to about 1500 students in 2-year programme, but now when the College would not give admissions to this number of students, then they would be made to get admission in private institutions, who would be charging huge fees. “This is in stark contradiction to the government’s claims of revolutionising the education sector where an equal opportunity is available to all, especially in the higher education sector,” averred the source.
Principal MAO College Syed Irfan Hussain Zaidi, while confirming the fact that the Secretary HED as written a letter for giving admission to students in 4-year programme instead of 2-year one, said the College would be entertaining about 1450 students in two programmes of BBA and B.Com, and the College administration was in talks with the Punjab University for procuring affiliation, which would be demanded according to the facilities at the College campus. He was optimistic that the University would accede to the demand of affiliation.