ISLAMABAD: As the school year comes to an end, university admissions have started to open. Students from all over Pakistan would be filling in admission forms and applying for courses they would like to study in.
But before they reach the academic section of the admission form, there comes a “personal information” section. In that there is a box listed which requires you to tell which religion you belong to. Oddly enough, this box is also ticked as mandatory.
What does one’s religion have to do with tertiary education? Does it entitle us to special seats, special treatment or a special fee discount?
Be it a government or private university, or even a university of the armed forces that box is found in each university form.
Particularly for me, it seems like that even in an education-related environment, you will be judged based upon what religion you belong to and not based upon your actions.
Mohammad Shah Rukh Khalid
Published in The Express Tribune, June 6th, 2017.