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5 PU departments require NTS scores for admissions

LAHORE, Aug 8: Five Punjab University (PU) departments have made the National Testing Service (NTS) examination compulsory for admission for candidates on Tuesday.

The Department of Physics, Department of Economics, Institute of Administrative Sciences (IAS), Institute of Business and Information Technology (IBIT), Department of Library and Information Sciences (DLIS) and Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC) are out of 64 departments to take this decision.

The PU admissions committee under the acting Vice Chancellor Dr Arif Butt had decided earlier to give choice to departments to conduct an internal examination or require the NTS scores as admission requirement. Fifty-nine departments had decided to conduct internal tests while five departments preferred the NTS examination as admission requirement. PU physics department chairman Dr Mujahid Kamra said the internal exams would not be conducted because the department administration and faculty members were busy. The department had preferred to require the NTS scores.

PU dean of science Dr Jameel Anwar said there was no pressure on departments to choose between internal exams or NTS tests as admission requirement. He said the deans would supervise concerned departments to provide better admission criteria. Dr Zafar Iqbal Jadoon, dean of economics and management sciences said four departments which had preferred NTS exams for admission were under his deanship. He said most candidates of these departments were students of BA honours and this decision would provide equal opportunity to all candidates for postgraduate programme.

PU registrar Dr Naeem said the departments were free in deciding about admission requirements considering their curriculum and study area. He said some oriental and arts departments would not prefer NTS tests because it was irrelevant to their curriculum. He said the internal entry test would count 30 percent while previous academic records would count 70 percent of the total admission score.

Shaista Sunno Sirajuddin, dean of arts and humanities and chairperson English Department, said all departments under her deanship would conduct internal entry tests because it was more suitable for their curriculum.

Dr Mughees-ud-Din, dean of behavioural and social sciences and chairman of Institute of Communication Studies, said it the competent candidate would get admission through internal test.

The dean of Life Sciences Dr Shahid Husnain said the admission for the masters classes would be through internal test but the test style and scores were not decided yet. Daily times
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