RAWALPINDI (APP) - Lack of colleges in the city has cast a dark shadow over the future career prospects of boys seeking admission in government run institutions as the high fees of private institutions becomes out of their reach. The city's population has reached 2.3 million and not a single boys' college was set up in the last many years due to which male students have been facing enormous difficulties in getting college admissions after their matriculation. The problem has deprived a large number of male students this year from getting admission for intermediate level classes in the city's colleges owing to limited seats in government institutions and exorbitant fee structure of private institutes. Around 23 percent of total male students who applied in the four city colleges including Government Asghar Mall College, Government College Satellite Town, Government Hashmat Ali College and Government Gordon College were able to acquire admission by making it to the merit lists. The students who could not get admissions are facing a murky future. Last year, only 18 percent students were able to get admissions while the remaining students were forced to seek admission in private institutes or were compelled to leave their studies. "I earn my livelihood by stitching clothes. My son has passed his matriculation but failed to get admission in any of the government colleges," a concerned mother lamented. "I cannot pay high fees of private colleges so my son was relying on a seat in public sector institutions but now it seems like a distant dream," she worryingly added. During the tenure of former federal minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, 16 girls' colleges were set up in the city but no one paid any attention toward establishing boys colleges in the city. People have made a persistent demand to the government to set up more boys colleges in the city to meet the growing needs of the students, who could not afford studies at private institutions. It is an undeniable fact that the private sector while sharing burden of the government has been contributing a lot for the promotion of education sector. But the expenditures required to undertake studies in these colleges at intermediate level costs Rs 1,000 to 5,000 per month. Whereas the whole intermediate level programme at public sector college costs only a few thousand rupees. Although several projects in education sector were launched like 'Parha Likha Punjab' to enhance enrolment in schools but the serious problem of shortage of institutions for boys aspiring to get college education remains unresolved.