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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
"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
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
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
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.
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 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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