LAHORE:23 September: Educational institutions in the city are minting money by selling admission forms and prospectuses for intermediate, graduate and masters programmes at high prices.
A survey by Daily Times revealed that such institutions earn huge amount each year. However, public and government colleges and universities charge relatively less for admission forms and prospectuses.
For admission to an educational institution for intermediate, graduate or masters programme, a prospective student is required to buy an admission form along with a colourful, eye-catching prospectus. After submitting an admission form, a candidate has to wait for a merit list. However, only few private institutions admit students on the basis of merit. The remaining grant admission on the first come, first served basis.
The price of prospectuses and admission forms ranges from Rs 200 to Rs 1,000 in public sector educational institutions and from Rs 800 to Rs 2,500 in private institutions.
According to the survey, Beaconhouse National University (BNU) sells an admission form for Rs 1,000, while its School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD) form costs Rs 1,500.
Imperial College for Business charges Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,500 for admission forms for different study programmes, University of Lahore Rs 1,500, University of Management and Technology Rs 1,000, University of Central Punjab Rs 1,000, Forman Christian College Rs 1,000 and National University (FAST) Rs 1,000. In the public sector, the Government College University charges Rs 200 for an admission form for intermediate and Rs 500 for graduate programmes, Government Queen Marry College Rs 200, Government College for Boys Civil Lines Rs 100, Government College for Women Gulberg Rs 200, Government Model College for Women Model Town Rs 100, Government College of Science Wahdat Road Rs 120 and Government College for Boys Township Rs 100.
Some public universities, including Lahore College for Women University and National University of Modern Languages, sell their prospectus for Rs 800.Daily Times.