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Fee hike at SM Law College of Sindh reduces admissions from 600 to 150

KARACHI: An increase in the fees at the SM Law College has slashed the number of admissions from 600 to 150 students annually, Daily Times learnt. The annual fee of LLB degree has almost been doubled from Rs 12,000 to Rs 21,000 this year while the annual fee of LLM has been raised from Rs 20,000 to Rs 35,000. Due to this unprecedented rise, the number of students in LLB has dropped from 600 admissions to 150 admissions while for the LLM degree from over 300 to a 100 admissions. Similarly, the price of a one-page admission form of the college has been doubled this year from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 in one go. Despite assurances of cut in the annual fees by Sindh Law Minister Mohammad Ayaz Soomro, the fees have been increased. Last year, the minister himself admitted how it was becoming difficult for parents to afford the rising college fees therefore it will be good to reduce them immediately. It may be pointed out that the SM Law College has dual registration, one with the University of Karachi (KU) for its normal degree programme and another with the University of London for its external program. According to the students, the college administration neither follows the rules of KU nor the provincial government. “Under the KU rules, the college affiliated with it can raise the fees only up to 10 percent of the total fee in a year,” M Atiq, a final year student told Daily Times. “However, the SM Law College has doubled the fee which is a clear violation of the university’s rules.” He demanded the provincial law minister to take notice of the unjust fee raise and asked the college administration to withdraw its decision. A senior lecturer at the college was of the view that the Pakistan People’s Party government should take note of the sharp decrease in the admissions in the college. This institute should be considered very important for the PPP government because Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had delivered lectures here, he added. farhan zafar
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