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August 23, 2016

Cut in intermediate students intake protested


August 23, 2016

Postgraduate College Nowshera

PESHAWAR: The elected representatives and elders of Nowshera have asked the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to increase the existing quota in admission for arts and science students at intermediate level in Government Postgraduate College Nowshera.

Village Council Spin Kaney, Ziarat Kaka Sahib, Nazim Hayat Sher, said that the principal of the college had cut the strength of students at intermediate level after starting BS classes some two years back stating that the building had limited rooms.

“The college is one of the oldest institutions of the province, which has produced thousands of graduates, but now due to limited seats for FA and FSc a large number of students have been deprived of admission,” he said.

Mohammad Sattar Khan, an elder of Nowshera city, said that the number of fresh students of science (medical and non-medical) had been decreased from 300 to 150 students while only 60 students would get admission to arts classes at Nowshera Postgraduate College this year.

He said that on the one hand the PTI-led government had declared education emergency in the province while on the other the poor students of Nowshera were deprived of admission at the government college.

He asked construction of more classrooms at the college so that the students continue their study.Nazim Village Council Kheshgi Payan, Ward-III, Pir Hamid said that many students of poor families had to quit studies after not getting admission at the government colleges as they could not afford high educational expenses at private-run institutions in the district.

“It seems that the administration of Postgraduate College Nowshera has deliberately decreased admission quota to provide space for private colleges in the district,” he said. Pir Hamid added that the merit for admission in Islamia College, Edwardes College Peshawar and other public colleges was so high that the students of other districts could hardly get admission there.

He asked the authorities concerned to provide more space and opportunities to the students at their home district.An official of the Government Postgraduate College Nowshera said that the admission quota for medical students at intermediate level had been increased after getting order from the directorate while admission for FA, FSc (non-medical) had been limited to 60 students each due to the shortage of classrooms in the college.

He said that admission for MA classes had also been reduced after BS classes were launched in the college. He suggested that the issue could be addressed after starting second shift at the college.


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