KARACHI - Sindh Education Department has failed to appropriately provide nearly 1.6 million free books to the students of government colleges in the metropolis in July 2010, while principals of the public colleges have been forced to write letters to the department concerned about such insufficiency, TheNation learnt. Nearly three months have passed but the Regional Directorate of Colleges, Karachi, could not provide free books sufficiently to college students. The considerable delay in the provision of books has forced the students to purchase books from open market. However, the Regional Directorate of Colleges, Karachi, has claimed that nearly all books have been provided to colleges as per their demands. It is learned that Government Adamjee College has around 1,300 students in both the levels (first year and second year) but it receives only 550 books, which is even not equal to the half of the total numbers. The same situation is prevailing in all public colleges in the city. It is worth mentioning that the Sindh Education Department had promised that the Department would provide 6 millions books to intermediate-level college students in the whole province but not only in Karachi but also in various parts of the province colleges complain about shortage of books and mismanagement. Central Leader of Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) Prof Ather Hussain Mirza criticised over the inefficiency of Sindh Education Department, and said that students have already purchased their texts books but the department is unconcerned towards the issue. He pointed out that the provision of free-books is not very positive step, as students used to purchase old courses on nominal price just after their completion of matric. He said that government should try to provide reference books free of cost, while the restoration of Science Purchase Funds was need of the hour that was stopped in 1999. He demanded the higher-up to conduct probe into the issue of delay and shortage of books. When Regional Director of Colleges, Karachi, Prof Najma Niaz was contacted by TheNation, she said that the claim of public college principals was not true, as we have provided them books as per their demand that we have received in written from them. She said, We have demanded the government to provide around 1.6 million books but we were provided 1484000 books. A total of 116000 remaining books will soon be provided. The directorate is trying to overcome the said shortage as soon as possible. Colleges did not provide the actual figures of their demands. It is pertinent to mention here that as many as 100015 seats were available for the candidates, wiling to get admission in the class-XI in six different faculties/categories, including Pre-Engineering, Pre-Medical, Computer Science, Commerce, Humanities and Home Economics.