The Sindh College Education Department (CED) says that there is a shift in admissions to state-run colleges in Karachi. There is an increase in demand for a selection of science faculties, particularly Computer Science, by students and a drop in selection in Humanities (Arts subjects) as the first choice in the first phase of admission in class XI in Government colleges in Karachi.

According to the statement issued by Director General Colleges & Sindh Electronic Centralized College Admission Program (SECCAP) Chairman Dr. Muhammad Ali Manjhi said in the 1st phase students of Grade A to C got admissions in 358 colleges & higher secondary schools in Sindh in Pre-Medical, Pre-Engineering, Computer Science, Commerce, and Humanities (Arts) & Home Economics groups through the SECCAP.

However, in the first phase of admissions in Class XI, there was higher demand observed in Science Subjects especially computer science, as compared to previous years, particularly in Karachi. In order to fill this demand, the College Education Department introduced faculty of Computer Science in further 18 Colleges of Karachi this year.

He further said that while students showed higher interest in Computer Science in Karachi, a decline was observed in demand of admission in Humanities groups. Due to this decline, some principals interpreted this as the cancellation of admission to the humanities faculty of their colleges. Hence the situation was misrepresented by some sections of the media. “He clarified that there is no truth in such news and such baseless news is creating doubts in the minds of the students and parents”.

The Chairman SECCAP, has further stated that in Phase-II, the College Education Department has opened its admission portal for students again for all grades, for admission in 70 Government Colleges in Karachi, whereby the candidates may apply for admissions to class XI, in subjects of their choice including Humanities (Arts), in these Colleges online for session 2022-23 irrespective of their merit. Starting from 7th August 2022, this process will continue till August 20, 2022.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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