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National Testing Service under fire
Karachi, Feb 23: Teachers and students of the Federal Urdu University for Arts,
Science and Technology (FUUAST) have strongly criticised the varsity's decision
for hiring NTS (National Testing Service) to carry out admission tests of
graduates aspiring for MS and PhD programmes, as NTS administration has started
According to complaints of candidates and teachers, "Candidates are facing enormous problems in submitting their
enrolment forms for an entry test for the said programme as NTS allowed only 9
days to applicants for this purpose, which is not sufficient. These 9 days
include four half days and two holidays."
"NTS restricted the candidates to
submit their forms in three banks including UBL, ABL and MCB. However, failure
of online banking for the last four days, according to students, kept them away
from submitting the forms."
It is pertinent to mention here that an
advertisement for the admission was published on January 29 only in one Urdu
newspapers; while the last date for submission of forms was February 7. Before
the last date of submission NTS was charging Rs600 but after February 7 Rs1,000
is being charged which is unfair. However, Rs50 out of Rs1,000 is being charged
by the FUUAST.
It is worth mentioning that the test will be held on February
22 (today) at Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology during morning
hours, while it is expected that 350 to 400 students will be appeared in the
A senior teacher at the varsity said that the reliability of the NTS had already
been exposed at the Karachi University (KU) as MS and PhD programme had yet to
be started due to some serious errors in entrance test conducted by NTS.
alleged that NTS administration was just minting money by charging late fee due
to the short time period allocated by the NTS for submission of the enrolment
forms for the entrance test while more than 100 students had paid additional
"FUUAST has lost the opportunity to earn money from NTS after
designating the Sir Syed University for test centre. A majority of the FUUAST
teachers worried over the administration's decision to allow a private
organisation to carry out admission tests for their graduates willing to get
admission in MS and PhD programmes, as they see it as an attempt to discredit
their institution," he added.
When Registrar FUUAST Prof Dr Qamar-ul-Haq was
contacted, he said that the university was not responsible for the
affairs related to the entrance test announced by the NTS.
"This is purely a
matter of concern for the NTS administration as students have expressed their
concern over the short period of time declared by the NTS for the submission
It is pertinent to mention here that the representatives of Karachi
University Teachers Society (KUTS) have already expressed their serious concern
over the authenticity of the NTS, and said that the organisation had a dubious
record and nobody is aware of its origin. "It is also not clear as to why and
under what conditions the Higher Education Commission (HEC) allowed the NTS to
conduct tests in public-sector universities," they added. The Nation
SPSC forms date
Karachi: The Sindh Public Service Commission on Saturday extended the
date for submission of application forms for the post of Mukhtiarkar (B-16) in
the Revenue Department from Feb 21 to March 3. App
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Karachi University shuttle service to resume from Monday
Karachi: The shuttle service at the University of Karachi (KU),
which had been halted for the past four days after students thrashed a staff
member for rash driving, will resume functioning from Monday. Officials of the
KU Transport Department suspended the shuttle service after a group of students,
angered by the reckless driving of drivers, beat a staff member and forced the
drivers to stop the buses. This step, however, caused problems for thousands of
students who were dependent on the shuttles for transportation. The KU
administration had severely criticized the misbehavior of the students and in
this regard a meeting of the Student Advisory Council was held to discuss the
prevalent situation at the campus. Meanwhile, the KU administration ensured the
workers of the transport department that no such incident will take place in the
future. The university has also asked students to avoid violation of
disciplinary regulations of the university. Daily Times
KU asks students to maintain discipline
Karachi: A meeting of the Student Advisory Council was held on Saturday to
discuss the prevalent situation at the campus.
An announcement to this effect
was made by the Students Adviser of Karachi University. It was resolved that
University Administration is committed to provide peaceful environment for the
promotion of academic activities in the premises of the University of Karachi.
The announcement said that the University being a premier institution of higher
education in Pakistan, it is essential that a continuous and uninterrupted
atmosphere be maintained to provide education.
The teachers and non-teaching
staff, including those working to help the set up function, are involved in the
arduous task for maintaining peace at the campus. However, it has been noticed
that some students have misbehaved with the staff of the transport department
and manhandled drivers to stop point buses forcefully at their will.
behaviour is not only inappropriate but also unethical, especially when it is
shown by students who are the future of our country since University expects
disciplined behaviour according to university regulations, which includes
respect for all particularly respect for teachers and non teaching staff.
is therefore deemed necessary that all students of the university be duly
informed that they should not depict any conduct or behaviour which is
tantamount to violation of disciplinary regulations of the University. If there
are complaints they should be routed through proper channel so that can be dealt
This is in the larger interest of the student community as well
as the University as a whole, the announcement added. The Nation
3 edu projects for girls inaugurated
Karachi: The City District Government
Karachi (CDGK) is constructing technical institutions for girls so that the
female population of the city can acquire education and generate income for
their families in a respectable manner while serving the nation like women in
developed nations around the world.
Kamal said this at the groundbreaking
ceremony of three CDGK projects for girls in North Nazimabad on Sunday. These
projects include the Government Polytechnic Institute for Girls, Vocational
School for Girls and the Government Arts and Science Degree College for Girls.
Talking about the CDGK institutions for girls, Kamal said that the
institutions will be functional within two months. The Government Polytechnic
Institute for Girls will provide diploma courses in telecommunications,
Information Technology (IT) and electronics while the Government Degree College
for Girls will provide education in fields of arts and sciences. Daily Times
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