After the results of the Secondary School Examinations were announced on July 25 by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, students have thronged at colleges across the city seeking admissions into intermediate programmes.
Colleges, including the Forman Christian College and the Government College University (GCU), opened admissions on the day the results were announced. Kinnaird College (KC) for Women and Government MAO College opened admissions on July 26, where as the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) will open its doors from Monday (today).
Besides bank branches and campuses, some colleges have also made admission forms and prospectuses available on their websites. These include the GCU, the KC and the LCWU.
The process of submission of admission forms at various colleges is expected to end in the first week of August. The last date to submit forms at KC is August 1 and that at FCC August 9.
Aamina Siddique, who came second among girls in the humanities group in the Lahore Board matric exams with 964 marks, has been admitted to the Punjab College of Commerce. She said she was glad that the application process was over. Her father, Mohammad Siddique, said Aamina got in easily.
“We faced no difficulty,” he said, adding, “In fact, the college was quite keen on taking her.”
Sarmad Waqar, who topped the matric examinations, says he will apply to the GCU. Aspiring to pursue a civil service career, Waqar is now applying for pre-medical group.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, Waqar’s father, Dr Waqar Hussain Hashmi, said his son wants to follow in the footsteps of his parents, both of them practicing doctors. He said he was confident that his son will get into GCU. He said he was not applying anywhere else.
Samina Noureen, a teacher at Victoria Girls Higher Secondary School, however, advises students to apply at more than one college. She says students with high grades often apply at one college, a practice she considers risky.
Students needed to explore all possible options by visiting colleges, meeting the faculty and the students there to get an idea of the likely ‘college experience’.
“I always advise my students to apply in at least two to three colleges,” she added.
Noureen, a teacher at the Victoria Girls Higher Secondary School, believes students should also be careful while selecting the subjects they will be studying. She said students are often pressured to select subjects for which they might not have the aptitude or interest.
‘Guidance is necessary but forcing them (students) will make them confused and frustrated,” she said.”
Published in The Express Tribune, July 30th, 2012.