SIALKOT

In a peasant development, the University of Gujrat (UoG) management has soften its stance and gave relaxation to as many as 2,000 affected students of BS Programme classes at Govt Murray College Sialkot by owning their "disputed" admissions and allowing the college management to continue with the admissions in BS Classes in eight subjects earlier prohibited by the university management.

Govt Murray College Sialkot Principal Prof Javaid Akhtar Billah informed on Tuesday that the UoG had taken the step of continuing the prohibited BS Classes after intervention by Punjab Higher Education Secretary Tariq Mehmood Khan who discussed and reviewed this matter in details during a recently held meeting with the officials concerned and UoG VC Dr Nizamuddin. After reviewing the matter, the Provincial Secretary asked the UoG management to own the admissions of above-mentioned 2,200 students of BS Classes at Murray College Sialkot by giving them maximum. He also assured that the shortcomings pointed by the UoG would be met at the earliest by the management of Govt Murray College (an alma mater of Allama Iqbal and Faiz Ahmed Faiz).

A notification letter (No. UOG/Reg/ 04/1503) dated Nov 26,2013 issued by UoG Registrar Dr Tahir Aqil, revealed that on the recommendations of the Punjab Higher Education Department, the University has provisionally allowed the management of Govt Murray College Sialkot to continue with admissions in BS Programme in BBA, Botany, Chemistry, IT, Physics, Statistics, Mathematics and Zoology for the Semester Fall-2013, advising the college management to fulfil all the infrastructural (labs, classrooms, equipment) and faculty requirements as earliest, failing which might result into HEC non-recognition of degrees in these subjects, besides, strictly adhering to the maximum number of admissions allowed in each subject and other prescribed regulations/requirements of the UoG.

However, the UoG management had not removed the sanctions for the admission in the rest of six allowed subjects for carrying admission that every candidate will have to appear in the NTS test for getting admission. While, the said condition of NTS was not applicable for getting admission in BS at the franchised campus of UoG at Sialkot, as NTS test condition only applies for Murray College. The students have also urged the UoG VC to remove NTS test sanctions for the Murray College Sialkot as it was indiscrimination. "Please remove NTS test condition or also apply the same for UoG Sialkot Campus as well", the perturbed students appealed to the UoG VC.

Earlier, the classes of BS in these 14 subjects were on at Govt Murray College Sialkot: BBA, IT, Botany, Chemistry, Zoology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, economics, English, Islamic studies, political science, psychology and Urdu. But the UoG had stopped the Govt Murray College management to do admissions in eight subjects BBA, IT, Botany, Chemistry, Zoology, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics out of the said fourteen subjects for year 2013 under Four Year Degree Programme (FYDP) introduced by the Punjab Higher Education Department.

On the other hand, Principal, Staff, students and their parents have thanked Punjab Higher Education Secretary Tariq Mehmood Khan and UoG VC for resolving this issue in the larger interest of the students.