The residents of the twin cities have demanded of the federal and provincial governments to increase the number of public sector higher education institutions as a large number of students are not able to afford education in private institutions.
“Thousands of students who fail to get admission in government higher education institutions find it difficult to afford education in private institutions that is why most of them are deprived of their right to education envisaged in the constitution,” said Mudassar Mughal, senior teacher in a government institution.
Every year, thousands of students apply for admission but those are very less in number who succeed to get admission in highly competitive environment due to limited number of government universities.
A survey conducted by this scribe showed that universities operating in Rawalpindi usually receive thousands of applications against 40 to 50 seats available in different disciplines.
“When students fail to get admission in government universities they turn to private higher education institutions but then they realise that it is nearly a dream for those belonging to lower or middle class of society to afford fee of these institutions,” said Tahir Dar, a teacher in a private institution.