If you failed your Matric exams in one or two subjects you can still squeeze into college as the admissions authority is granting second chances.
The conditional offers run out if you fail the supplementary make-up exams for the subjects you did not pass in earlier.
The authority that decides the Centralised Admission Policy (CAP) has decided this in order to protect students from losing out one academic year just because they didn’t make the mark.
The director of colleges, Nasir Ansar, said that the rule would be effective from today. Ansar was speaking to the media on Thursday to announce this year’s policy for admissions to 132 colleges and 24 higher secondary schools in the city.
Around 70 per cent of the students passed their Matric exams this year which means a total of 109,963 students could be applying to college. Ansar announced, however, that only 100,015 will be admitted. This number includes a quota for 5,000 O’ Level students. This shortage of seats means that many students could be left out in the cold and reporters quizzed the director on possible protests by students who had passed.
The director shrugged this off. “Not all students end up at government colleges, some opt for private colleges as well,” he said.
Students can buy the forms to apply for placements at colleges for Rs60 at any of the 42 Meezan Bank branches across the city. The form caters to all faculties: computer science, commerce, pre-medical, pre-engineering, humanities and home economics. You do not need to show any documents while buying the form but you do need to attach your marks sheet or admit card when submitting it. This rule only applies for Karachi students.
The deadline for the forms is August 10, though Ansar said that it may be extended by a week if needed. The authority has allocated a two per cent quota for students with special needs.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2012.