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Punjab University MPhil students NTS requirement

MPhil students not being awarded degrees without clearing NTS
Lahore, July 21, 2008: A large number of MPhil students have not been awarded degrees after completing their studies, because the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan rules state that students must clear the National Testing Service (NTS) examination before receiving their degrees.

The MPhil students said that the test was confusing, and demanded the HEC abolish the NTS at the MPhil level as it had closed the doors to higher education for many students.

Director: NTS Director Dr Haroonur Rasheed said that Pakistani universities had demanded that students should clear the NTS examination to get their MPhil or PhD degrees. He said that they conducted an NTS examination every three months, and 20,000 students appeared in every test. About 25 percent of students clear the test," he said, adding that the service was 'satisfied' with its progress.

HEC Executive Director Dr Sohail H Naqvi said that he did not know if the students were suffering because of the test.

Two years ago, the HEC made it compulsory for affiliated universities to conduct the NTS examination, requiring students to obtain at least 50 percent marks in it for admission to masters, MPhil, and PhD programmes.

Student's organisations and teacher's communities had protested against the NTS, demanding the universities admit students on open merit. Following this, a number of institutes announced to conduct their own entry tests at the bachelors and masters levels. However, the universities affiliated with the HEC did not eliminate the NTS requirement at the MPhil level. The PU advertised admissions for their MPhil programme on July 13, demanding that students had to clear the NTS examination to get MPhil degrees.

NTS: Salman Ahmed, a PU student, said that around 40 departments in the PU were offering MPhil degrees and hundreds of students were doing their MPhil. He said their future was at stake, as the majority of them could not clear the NTS exam. He said that several students could not clear the test even in six or seven attempts. He said most of those students were from the languages and social sciences departments.

PU Institute of Administrative Sciences (IAS) student Chaudhry Ahsan said that the demand of the NTS test at any level of university education was not fair. He said that relying on the NTS test to get degrees showed that Pakistan's educational system did not trust its own standards and needed a foreign body to check the skills of its students. He said that MPhil students were research scholars and NTS exam wasted their time. Ahsan said that universities gave admissions to students in the MPhil programme without the NTS requirement but later demanded that students clear it to get their degree.

LCWU student Farah Komal said that the NTS test also prevented students from obtaining HEC scholarships, as every HEC scholarship demanded that students have to clear their NTS/GRE test before qualifying for the HEC scholarship.

PU Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) Nazim Rana Zahid said that the NTS should be abolished from all departments of the PU.

Dr Sohail Naqvi said that the NTS was not a difficult test as it was a standardised test to check the skills of MPhil students. He said that students doing their MPhil should be able to fulfil the demands of the test. He said that they would, however, hold a meeting to discuss the requirement of NTS for languages and would review the issue.

Your Comments
"If Someone On Mphil Level doing reseraches And Stuff Like that it is a shame for university to take his test because that means others have doubt on university degree. 2ndly The Test is more like a childish like Fill in the blanks maths differnet backgroiund of Peoples cannnot attempt it either to quit Departmental test or To Quit NTS and if they wana take it then take it from Thier Degree Background IT NTS shopuld be done separate Language NTS should b separate ETC."
Name: syed shiraz ALi
Email: shiraz_1981@yahoo.com
City, Country: lahore, Pakistan

"nts test is not fair b/c in general nts no questions is asked by student about its subject."
Name: waheed arshad
Email: waheed.arshad@yahoo.com
City, Country: faisalabad, Pakistan

"I appreciate the NTS testing because it really evaluate the caliber and potential of the students. I also suggest that the only criteria for m.phil should be NTS and not the university own tests."
Name: Mushtaq Ahmad
Email: mushia777@yahoo.com
City, Country: malakand

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PU VC pays surprise visit to PU Examination Centre
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran paid a surprise visit to the PU Examination Centre on Wahdat Road and reviewed the facilities being provided to MA/MSc candidates, according to a press release issued on Saturday.

He talked to the candidates and the examiners on the occasion. Dr Mujahid questioned the candidates about cleanliness and the provision of cold drinking water and electricity in the examination centre and received satisfied responses. He instructed the officials concerned to provide better arrangements of cleanliness and cold drinking water.

Dr Mujahid said that pedestal fans and ceiling fans were being provided in the centre. He said that sitting arrangements had been made for the parents/guardians of the female students who accompanied them to the exam centre and it was ensured that they were provided with cold drinking water. Additional Controller Malik Muhammad Zaheer, Dr Jamil Anwar Chaudhry and Dr Shaukat Ali were also present on the occasion.

The VC also visited canteens and fruit shops. He ordered that measures should be taken to ensure the provision of edible items according to health protection principles. He said that contractors and shopkeepers would be fined or their contracts would be cancelled if they wasted water or went against the varsity's rules. Daily Times

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