Breaking traditions: Aitchison College abolishes 'quota' system

Published: July 7, 2014
Aitchison College Lahore. PHOTO: FILE

Aitchison College Lahore. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Aitchison College in Lahore, one of the most prestigious educational institutions of Pakistan, has abolished its long standing tradition of providing admissions to relatives of VVIPs through a quota system.

Established in 1866, the college had a certain allowance of admissions for relatives of important personalities. Recently, however, 25 children related to ‘VVIPs’ were denied admission to the school, Express News reported on Monday.

Those rejected admission include Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s close relatives, as well as the grandchildren of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer and Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain.

Under the new system, vacancies will be advertised in newspapers after which forms will have to be collected. Only those children who pass an admission test will be called for an interview and admissions will be given depending on the score after the submission of two tests.

Previously, admissions of relatives of important people were granted admissions without a test, purely based on sources.

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Reader Comments (38)

  • Shais
    Jul 7, 2014 - 4:57PM

    Well done.. Great Move !!


  • JRR
    Jul 7, 2014 - 5:13PM

    Lovely….. Keep it up…..


  • ishrat salim
    Jul 7, 2014 - 5:20PM

    This is a good news…only on merit…that`s right, only on merit…


  • Aalia
    Jul 7, 2014 - 5:32PM

    For more than hundred years this institute was murdering merit?


  • Moiz Omar
    Jul 7, 2014 - 5:46PM

    Good. Admission should only be based on merit.


  • Arbaz Omar
    Jul 7, 2014 - 5:50PM

    Not exactly as most of the people that have really shone in their adult lives have come from that institution@Aalia:


  • Jul 7, 2014 - 5:51PM

    All these days with all the name and fame, it is hard to believe why it abolishes something that was working


  • NP
    Jul 7, 2014 - 5:53PM

    Pointless and stupid. The reason people clamour to send their children to places like Aitchison College is for the social contacts their children will gain. What is the point of sending your kid to Aitchison if the very social contacts they seek are gone. Otherwise there are dozens of schools that will give you an education that is as good or better than AC.


  • Khan
    Jul 7, 2014 - 5:57PM

    Historically this institution was of the elite, by the elite, and for the elite.
    Since last two centuries it has produced a differnet class of people that has ruled over us. Not sure how common people will afford its expenses.


  • Grammarian
    Jul 7, 2014 - 6:23PM

    Well done. But Karachi Grammar was doing this from the very outset: they test everyone including the Prime Ministers (Z A Bhutto) children.

    Now Atchison has reached level of KGS. It’s a good achievement.


  • jun
    Jul 7, 2014 - 6:29PM


  • imran ali
    Jul 7, 2014 - 6:31PM

    good news ..merit and merit only


  • Ali S
    Jul 7, 2014 - 6:50PM

    To think that the most reputable college in Pakistan officially has reserved seats for kin of influential people. The mind boggles. Anyhow, dair aye durust aye.


  • Faisal
    Jul 7, 2014 - 6:58PM

    Better be careful now Mr Principle.


  • antanu
    Jul 7, 2014 - 7:15PM

    Can’t you appreciate the new development?


  • Shah
    Jul 7, 2014 - 7:15PM

    Great Change. Waiting to hear credits/blames to be put on PTI for that?


  • liaqat ali
    Jul 7, 2014 - 7:28PM

    No appreciation to PMLN for allowing it to happen?


  • RU
    Jul 7, 2014 - 8:12PM

    Merit was always followed at Aitchison, but there was a quota for the old Aitchisonians’ children. Only that has been abolished.
    Moreover former principal Faqir Ejaz caused irreparable damage to the school. It had to be corrected.


  • Ali
    Jul 7, 2014 - 8:42PM

    What about age difference as 50% selected kids are over age even more then 7 years compare to 6 year old kid.


  • Kiran Khan
    Jul 7, 2014 - 8:47PM

    Well speaking of merit let’s first check the merit of selection of Aitchison College’s Principal Shamim S.Khan…….he has served for 10 years earlier n what was he upto then????…. Does he mean he too was dishonest in admitting the deserving students???? In a country of 200 million population can’t the Government of Pakistan and the board members of Aitchison find ONE single man who is not a racist and has some better values???……does Shamim Khan even realizes what havoc and disturbance he created when exact 3months before the admission tests last year he changed the age policy for the boys… could 5 year old boys appear for K2 or 6 year old boys appear for K3????….here we are talking about innocent, young boys and not some Einsteins!!! As was expected more than half of the boys failed to clear the test…..n were deprived from their right of education in this prestigious institution because of some nonsense policy……isn’t that unfair and cruel to the young minds???…..this year too the number of seats was reduced to 74 so what do u want to do with the empty classrooms Mr. Principal??? Shame on you Shamim S. Khan…..


  • LHR
    Jul 7, 2014 - 9:42PM

    so under which Government this CHANGE happened?


  • Omar Ali
    Jul 7, 2014 - 10:02PM

    This institution makes it own decision and is not influenced by an government. Kindly, check your facts. PML(N) is ruling Punjab since 25 years, why it took 25 years for them to implement this ??


  • sana khan
    Jul 8, 2014 - 4:40AM

    Dair aye darust Ayeeee… Finally shamim Khan has taken right decision of taking kids on merit and abolished quota system… Finally merit children can prove their worth instead of those bigshots kids with empty minds and lack of manners and norms. I’m proud of u shamim Khan. Allah bless u !


  • Jul 8, 2014 - 7:03AM

    at last one good step forward to keep the merit alive


  • Jul 8, 2014 - 7:07AM

    at least one good step forward


  • John B
    Jul 8, 2014 - 7:09AM

    I dislike and abhor the practice of admitting children to early school education based on admission tests. The purpose of the school is to make an art of inexplicable beauty out of clay.

    Admission tests at college level serve different purpose-to select those that meet the minimum criteria of comprehension for success in college curricula.


  • shaukat ali
    Jul 8, 2014 - 7:34AM

    NP is the smartest kid on the block!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Jul 8, 2014 - 12:18PM

    In every educational institution merit has be to the top most priority instead of quota system for mijnisters,elite and privileged class’ people so that deserving people could get equal opportunities for education in the well-renowned educational institutions.Much the best,august and excellent trend set by Aitchison college and the other educational institutions must have to follow this example set by Aitchison college…..Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Jul 8, 2014 - 12:49PM

    This is such a poorly written piece. First of all admission was never granted purely on sources, everyone had to go trough an admission test/process after which kinship played a role in securing a spot.

    In no way is it okay to rejoice in the fact that 6 year old relatives of former/present government personalities were not granted admission. Just because someone happens to me person X’s nephew does not mean that the child did not rigorously prepared for the entrance exam. In addition to highlight those children by name in a newspaper is pretty low!


  • Ajamal
    Jul 8, 2014 - 2:01PM

    Good decision. This will help reducing “elite culture” in our society.


  • Syed Junaid Arshad PSP
    Jul 8, 2014 - 2:35PM

    Shamim khan himself lacks merits as he is occupying the seat of principal after crossing superannuation. There is no one else in the whole of Pakistan to be appointed as Pincipal if that the case advertisement should have been made in international papers to find a suitable principal but re employing a man who has retired doesn’t seem justified. Also this speaks volume about the character and integrity of a person who has accepted to be in seat again after his retirement. One can well expect the sort of character building from a characterless principal.


  • Rumormonger
    Jul 8, 2014 - 2:36PM

    I would have to agree with you. Aitchson was not called “Chief” college for no reason.


  • LHR
    Jul 8, 2014 - 5:08PM

    @Omar Ali:
    “PMLN ruling for 25 years?” Really???

    My little knowledge of history tells me this is not true for Past 25 years……….but if you are referring to Future 25 years there may be a lot of weight in that agrument based on the work carried out by PMLN !!!


  • Taimoor
    Jul 8, 2014 - 9:40PM

    Very well deserved victory to 74 boys purely on merit. Fee is almost close to other mushrooms like lgs and beacon. None of the boy is over 6 and a half yrs


  • Amir
    Jul 9, 2014 - 12:16AM

    150 kids scored marks more than 40 % should be taken instead of upto 43%.As many people have concern of over age student which has been already taken in first list of 74.Recommend

  • Jul 9, 2014 - 7:38AM

    Thumbs up to this, really good act.


  • Aitchisonian
    Jul 9, 2014 - 1:35PM

    @Grammarian: Jealous much?


  • tky
    Jul 9, 2014 - 4:25PM

    How ppl come to kmow that first list of 75 boys has above 7 yrs boys @Amir:


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