All admissions on merit in Punjab, says Sarwar

LAHORE: Punjab Governor Muhammad Sarwar Chaudahry Sunday said that in line with the policy of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, admissions in all educational institutions across the province will be absolutely on merit.
The governor in an exclusive interview with APP here said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif attached great importance to provision of modern quality education to people at their door-steps. He said special teams will monitor the overall admission process in all educational institutions to fully ensure transparent admissions. He said that government would focus on promotion of quality education in the province especially public and private sector universities.
He said that during last vice chancellors’ conference here at Governor House, 4 high level committees of VCs each headed by senior VC were constituted for viable proposals. He said these proposals were now being studied and examined thoroughly for implementing in the entire education department, including private and public sector varsities. He said a scientific mechanism within the ambit of law was also being evolved to monitor the overall academic performance of universities. The governor said 24 public sector and 22 in private sector universities were imparting education in various teaching disciplines across the province and the Punjab University having over 80 faculties has the highest number of 33252 students with lowest free structure in the world.
Muhammad Sarwar Chaudhary said that in the light of the recommendations of the VC committees, a complete summary would be sent to the Chief Minister. Responding to a question regarding deteriorating educational standard in most of the private sector universities and enrolment of maximum number of students beyond the capacity of their campuses in different cities, he said complaints were being examined seriously and all efforts would be made to put the things in proper track. He said the Chairman Higher Education Commission would also be involved to check these malpractice in private universities and no one would be allowed to play with the destiny of the nation for the monetary gains. 

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