Admissions to public-sector colleges and higher secondary schools across the city will start from today (Wednesday) with around 3,500 more seats as compared to the previous year, announced the authority that decides the Centralised Admissions Policy (CAP) on Tuesday.
The increase in number of seats is, however, not across-the-board, said CAP chairperson Dr Nasir Ansar, who is also the director of colleges in Karachi. The six available faculties of pre-engineering, pre-medical, computer science, commerce, humanities and home economics have been the students’ preference over the years, he explained.
Speaking to The Express Tribune on this year’s policy for admissions to 133 colleges and 25 higher secondary schools in the city, he said: “This year the seats for boys in the faculty of pre-engineering and for girls in the faculty of pre-medical have been increased.”
Since the commerce faculty draws equal attention of both genders, seats have been increased accordingly. Meanwhile, pre-engineering seats for girls, pre-medical seats for boys, as well as, seats in the humanities faculty have been reduced for this year.
A total of 103,480 seats are available in the six faculties as compared to last year’s 100,015 allocated seats. He added, however, that around 83,000 placements were made for admissions in public colleges and higher secondary schools last year. “We announce the seats keeping in view the number of students who sat the Matriculation exams but it is obvious that not all students end up at government colleges for their Intermediate,” he said, adding that some students opt for private colleges as well.
Students can buy the forms to apply for placements at colleges for Rs60 at any of the 41 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 Matriculation marks sheet or admit card while submitting.
The deadline for the forms is August 19, though Dr 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.
The Board of Secondary Education, Karachi, will announce this year’s Matric results on Thursday.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 31st, 2013.