LAHORE – The parents of the students appearing in admission tests in Aitchison College have expressed their apprehensions about the admissions which according to them, the management of the college may grant in violation of merit due to the pressure from influential persons like it happened last year.

After misappropriations exposed in admissions of 58 students in Aitchison College last year, the parents, who are seeking admissions for their children this year, are expressing their concerns. The parents said many deserving children who qualified the admission test were denied admission last year which not only defamed the traditions and prestige of the college but also deprived the students of their right. They said, “The parents spend a lot of time and money in preparing children for the admission test but due to favouritism their efforts may go waste.” They also expressed their hope that the management of the college would not repeat this kind of practice this year and should not come under pressure from anybody and follow the rule of admitting children on merit. A father of a child, who took the admission test this year, also urged the college administration to allocate quota for the children belonging to remote areas especially interior Sindh, Balochistan and FATA etc as they could not compete on open merit. He said the students belonging to remote areas did not have opportunities like the students from urban areas.

It may be mentioned here that reportedly last year Aitchison College admitted 58 students in the college despite the fact that they failed in admission test. According to media reports, last year many students were admitted with the support of political figures mostly from the ruling parties. It is also reported that last year, the college administration not only obliged the candidates who failed in admission test, but also admitted some students despite unavailability of seats in various classes.

Some parents while talking to TheNation said that last year some touts on behalf of some prominent political persons solicited huge amount of money from parents for admissions. “They were asking parents to give them Rs 2 million for admission and those who cleared the written test give Rs 1.5 million for clearance of interview and medical examination to verify age and health condition,” they said.