I-8/3 College unable to pay affiliation fee
ISLAMABAD, Dec 2: The Islamabad Model College for Girls in sector I-8/3 was inaugurated in 2009, but three years on its degree class students are shocked to know that it is not affiliated with the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU).
As per policy of the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD), all colleges of Islamabad have to be affiliated with QAU.
Apparently, I-8/3 College’s management does not have Rs380,000, which is required for all steps of affiliation, including the annual fund and registration. As a result, examination forms of 168 students of degree classes, who will appear in the final exams in 2013, have been sent through different colleges of the federal capital, Dawn has learnt.
A faculty member of the H-8 College requesting anonymity said Hamida Metlo, the principal of the college, had approached all relevant channels and even requested sister institutions to lend her money for the time being to get affiliation with the QAU but her request was not honoured by any institute.
Its students have not been enrolled in other colleges in the capital.
“The college administration called me and told me that our principal has requested F-7/2 College (which is affiliated with the QAU) to register me with their students. I will be considered a student from F-7/2 College and will take my exams there,” said NS, a student.
An officer of the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) said the I-8/3 College was the only higher education institute meant for lower middle class families living in Khana Pul, Sohan, Margalla Town and I-10, I-9, I-8 sectors of the capital.
“The college was launched in 2009 but is still running with insufficient staff borrowed from other colleges. Not a single penny is allocated in the budgetary heads of the college. The inauguration of this college without teaching and non-teaching staff was just like a soldier who had been sent to the front without arms,” he said.
“The colleges in the federal capital were affiliated with the Punjab University till early this year when they were brought under the QAU. The annual examinations 2013 in these institutions will be held under the QAU.
The FDE official opined that the motive behind inauguration of the I-8/3 college was only self-projection and political point scoring.
“The persons who were interested in its inauguration have gone and the college principal and teachers are left to face the criticism of the parents and students,” he added.
A female teacher at the college said there are 26 teachers for 700 students and only one borrowed watchman who is on a 24-hour duty in the college.
“There is also an unresolved dispute with the Capital Development Authority (CDA) who promised to allot six acres of land for the college but handed over only four acres. In 2010, the CDA acknowledged this fact and agreed for compensation but that hasn’t materialised,” she said.
Shahid Nazir, a father who has been informed that his daughter’s examination centre will be in F-7/2 College, complained: “It is impossible for me to arrange transport for my daughter to and from there. High-ups of CAD should look into this inconvenience.”
When contacted, Secretary CAD Rifat Shaheen Qazi told Dawn that though she was on medical leave, she would talk to the relevant department to resolve the issue. “I was not aware of this otherwise I would have done something. I will still try my best to get the college affiliated with the QAU,” she said.