KARACHI: Admissions to public-sector colleges and higher secondary schools across the city will start in full swing from Monday as authorities introduce a system of online applications for the first time.
The online application is under the renamed and reframed policy now called the Sindh E-Centralised College Admission Programme (Seccap).
The new admissions policy for the 2014-15 session has replaced the Centralised Admission Policy (Cap) that was introduced in 2000 by the provincial education department. The policy was to offer admissions to Intermediate Part-I at the 133 colleges and 25 higher secondary schools in Karachi.
Meanwhile, the committee - headed by Sindh Colleges director-general Prof Dr Nasir Ansar - that used to overlook the process of admissions under Cap will continue to perform its responsibilities with Seccap.
A total of 102,950 seats are available in six faculties this year, as compared to last year's 103,480 allocated seats; a reduction of 530 places. "We announce the admission seats keeping in view the number of students who sat the Matriculation exams, but it is obvious that not all students end up at public colleges for their Intermediate," said Prof Ansar, while talking to The Express Tribune.
Around 38,240 seats are up for grabs for commerce, followed by 24,935 seats for pre-engineering, 18,780 for humanities, 18,695 for pre-medical, 1,700 for computer science and 600 for home economics.
By the August 18 deadline, the students will be able to download the admissions brochure and fill in their application forms for the six faculties of pre-engineering, pre-medical, computer science, commerce, humanities and home economics by visiting the dedicated section at the Sindh Education and Literacy department's website: <http://www.sindheducation.gov.pk/SECCAP>.
The students are, however, required to print out their filled online form and attach a photocopy of their admit card or mark sheet and submit it at their nearest Sindh Bank's branch, along with Rs60.
Successful candidates will be able to view their result on the education department's website on September 6.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 4th,2014.
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