Muttahida Qaumi Movement has given 24-hour ultimatum to the government to review the newly-introduced online admission policy in colleges otherwise MQM will start protest at every college of the City.

During a meeting, the parliamentary members of MQM have decided to submit an adjournment motion against the newly-introduced online admission policy for the First Year students in government colleges.

The elected representatives of the MQM have submitted the adjournment motion in Sindh Assembly secretariat for debate in the upcoming assembly session.

Talking to media men outside the Sindh Assembly, parliamentary leader of MQM, Sardar Ahmed has opposed the new admission policy. He said MQM’s legislators rejected the new policy and demanded its withdrawal on immediate basis. He said the Sindh Education Department has adopted anti-people policy after the suspension of CAP admission policy.

Ahmed said any political and religious party did not show concern over the CAP admission policy which continued since year 2000 but the provincial education department has swiftly adopted the Sindh E-Centralised Admission Policy (SECCAP) without any consensus. He questioned the officials of education department that how many students have excess and capability to use the internet and how many students use the service at their homes?

Citing previous admission policy of the CAP, he said anybody could easily get the CAP form at Rs60 and submitted in the banks’ branches and got admission easily but now the government makes admission in government institutions more difficult. Following the new policy, students approach the internet cafe where they download the admission forms and later submitted in the banks’ branches. 

Deputy parliamentary leader of MQM, Khuwaja Izharul Hassan said the new admission policy had been widely criticised by the parents, teachers, students and educationists.

He said the Sindh Bank was authorised to collect the SECCAP forms but unfortunately the bank did not operate its branches in various areas of the City like Orangi, Shah Faisal Colony, Surjani and North Karachi.

Hassan said the MQM would start the protest campaign in colleges across the City if government would address the issue properly within 24 hours.

It is worth mentioning here that the MQM leaders also held a meeting with Sindh Education Minister Nisar Khuhro and Sindh Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sikander Mandhro. They assured them that the matter would be discussed with the chief minister but there was no progress yet.

Meanwhile, the Oxford University Press Pakistan is holding its annual Book Fair from 1 to 31 October at the Oxford bookshops in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Multan, Rahimyar Khan, Sargodha, Peshawar, Abbottabad, Quetta, Hyderabad and Sukkur.

Oxford University Press official said here on Tuesday that the yearly event offers attractive discounts on a wide range of books and draws a large number of visitors which includes book-lovers, children, booksellers, librarians, and students and teachers.

The book fair will feature a diverse selection of books including locally published and imported children’s books, English Language Teaching material, reference books, and school and higher education textbooks.

Well-researched academic and general books on international affairs, politics, history, literature, as well as biographies and memoirs of prominent Pakistani personalities will also be showcased. A popular range of Oxfords hallmark English and bi-lingual dictionaries and thesauruses will be available at special, reduced prices.

Of particular interest to people visiting the fair this year will be Oxford’s Urdu Afsanay series of selections from the great Urdu short story writers. The three titles published in the series so far Intikhab: Hasan Manzar, Intikhab: Saadat Hasan Manto, and Intikhab: Ghulam Abbas provide quality editions which are accurate, reliable and standardised.

Children will enjoy browsing through the series of bilingual books, Village Tales and City Tales, which depict the problems and simplicity of village life and show glimpses of city life through the central characters.

As part of the book fair, a lucky draw and lucky dip will also be organized at some Oxford bookshops.