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36 PU departments hold entry tests

LAHORE, Aug 27: Thirty-six of the sixty-four Punjab University (PU) departments conducted their entry tests for post-graduate studies for 2007 on Sunday.

The departments conducted their own entry tests according to a decision of the PU administration to allow every departmental head to design his or her department's admission policy. However, six departments - including the departments of physics, economics and library and information sciences, Institute of Administrative Sciences, Institute of Business and Information Technology and Human Resource Development Centre - have decided to rely on National Testing Service (NTS) clearance certificates instead of their own entry tests.

PU registrar Dr Naeem Khan said that all PU departments had been directed to complete their entry test processes within the next week. He said PU would give advertisements for admissions on September 2 and admission applications would be accepted from September 3 to September 11. The first merit list will be displayed on September 18, the second on September 22, the third on September 26 and the final on September 28, said Khan, adding the classes for the next academic year would start from October 1.

He said only those students securing at least 45 percent marks in the entry test would be eligible to apply for admission. He said the merit lists would be based on the previous academic record (having 70 percent weightage) and the entry test/NTS test score (having 30 percent weightage) of a candidate.

Khan said PU would enroll three thousand more students this year compared to the last year, increasing the size of the student body to 28 thousand.

A PU teacher, seeking anonymity, said that a total of 75,000 candidates had applied for the entry tests and approximately 95 percent of the applicants for each department had appeared in the entry test. He said the number of candidates this year was way more than it was last year and that 70 percent of the candidates were girls.

It was observed that majority of the candidates were satisfied with the format of the entry tests.

Fatima, a candidate for the social work Department, said the test was based on national and international issues, most of which were discussed in under-graduate and intermediate classes. "I am quite satisfied with the test format," she added.

Tahir, another candidate for the social work department, said the current affairs, general knowledge and essay writing sections in the test were especially easy for students having knowledge of politics and were in the habit of reading newspapers or watching news on TV.

Zaibunnisa, a candidate for the Institute of Communication Studies, said the difficulty level of the test was higher than that suitable for graduates, adding that some of the abbreviations she was asked to explain had never been heard by her before.

The PU registrar said that all the departments had been instructed to keep their entry tests relevant to their areas of study. Daily times
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