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PU honours students don't need MSc entry tests: LHC

LAHORE, Aug 31: A division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) has directed the Punjab University (PU) to give admission to all its BA/BSc Honours graduates in MA/MSc without making them take the entry tests conducted by the National Testing System (NTS). In two separate petitions filed by BA/BSc Honours students of the PU's botany and zoology departments, the LHC ruled that it was discrimination that some PU departments had enrolled their BA/BSc Honours students into masters degree programmes without taking their NTS entry tests.

The petitioners' counsel, Malik Abdul Wahid, submitted that the PU had told the petitioners in 2006 that they would be enrolled in MSc without taking the entry tests if they secured 2.5 GPA. He said they had passed the BSc exams and fulfilled the criteria for admission in the MSc, but the PU's Faculty of Botany dean was forcing them to take the NTS entry tests before allowing them admission in MSc. Wahid said that the chairmen of the departments had ordered to give the petitioners admissions in MSc, but the deans of the departments were creating hurdles in their admissions. They said many other departments including chemistry and environmental sciences had enrolled their BSc graduates in master degree classes without taking their NTS tests. They requested the court to order the university to give them admissions without compelling them to appear in NTS tests. Daily times
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