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QAU admission criteria


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EDUCATION is a basic and undeniable right of every citizen. State guarantees providing education to its citizens irrespective of financial hardship and constraints.

I believe this universal truth has been overlooked by Quaid-i-Azam University in formulating its admission criterion. In its announcement for admission to the MPhil programme, the criterion set is blatantly refusing admission to the majority of students. The admission criterion is first division in MA/MSc or in BA/BSc but no third division in MA/MSc or in BA/BSc or at least 55 per cent marks in BSc (Hons). In case of a third division in FA/FSc, the applicant should have first division in both BA/BSc and MA/MSc.

Such criterion clearly conveys a message that the university is meant for the best of the best. This standard is fairly good for maintaining high quality of education for which the university is known.

But it discourages a majority of students who mainly come from different backgrounds and remote areas where they receive education in pathetic government-run schools.

If third division is considered such a pariah, then the HEC should formulate a homogeneous system where the passing criterion should be to attain at least 50 per cent marks for all universities. This consequently will eliminate the issue of third division for I believe that it is a heinous act that a student should be allowed to pass in third division but later all doors for further education and good employment are closed on him.

The Quaid-i-Azam University is a state-owned university and should be opened for everybody. A reasonable criterion that the university can follow should be to allow every student, who fulfils the basic requirement of a degree from a recognised university, to at least apply for admission.

The university can then conduct either written test or GAT. The admission should be granted on the basis of performance in written test/GAT plus commutative marks in all previous qualifications.

Unfortunately, the dilemma is that the university has a quota system but no quota or seats are reserved for the residents of Islamabad holding domicile where the university is originally situated. This leaves the students of Islamabad highly demotivated and depressed.It is the prime responsibility of the state to eliminate such discrimination and ensure education is provided to all citizens. There is a dire need to improve literacy in the country which is the lowest even among Saarc countries.

In case the government ignores this, then it is obligatory for the citizens of this country to battle this discrimination moving the apex court from where they will surely get justice.

AAMIR IQBAL     Islamabad

Comments (7) Closed

fmughal Jan 07, 2013 11:15am
I totally agree with this article.... this criteria should be changed.... I am also a quaidian.... I got second div coz I was just short of 2%.... and I m unable to apply in M-phil prog.... can u imagine just coz of 2%.... this is really frustrating....
mubbashir hassan kahn Jan 07, 2013 09:53am
I think tjis article does not justify that the admission criteria is not well set...In other way this article is justifying theadmission criteria of QAU. QAU is a high standard institute and there should be higher educational standard to admit any candidate. I think that 55 percent is good enough. However I think that the quota system should not be there. An open admission system is needed to be use because it is a federal institute.
Ali Muhammad Jan 07, 2013 02:53pm
"EDUCATION is a basic and undeniable right of every citizen. State guarantees providing education to its citizens irrespective of financial hardship and constraints." I do not know how did you get the above idea. Basic education is everybody's right not the higher education.
fmughal Jan 07, 2013 02:22pm
First division means 60percent not 55 percent
jafer Jan 07, 2013 04:50pm
highly pothetic argument by author
Kash Jan 07, 2013 09:22am
actually Islamabad is included in Punjab under quota system. And one should not forget that punjab shares almost 50% of seats. So, Islamabadians have a fair chance get admission on those 50% seats.
Babar Hussain Jan 08, 2013 06:27am
I am to extract two things from the above article,those are ,ones ,who are eager to join QAU , must be good at mathematics ,the most important criteria for survival at QAU.A lot of things may be flown in this regard ,whether relevant ; or not to the above article .If someone wants to take admission in Msc Physics there , he/she must have gone through RHK ,at least, Nine times .Our great noble prize holder Abdul-Salam had gone throug it more than seventy times!