'Universities free to decide on NTS'

LAHORE, July 11: Public sector universities were free to decide whether they wanted to test applicants with the controversial National Testing Service (NTS) in the upcoming academic year, said special secretary of Higher Education Syed Mubashir Raza on Tuesday.

Earlier, a meeting was held and chaired by governor Lt Gen (r) Khalid Maqbool, who is also the chancellor of government universities. In the meeting it was decided that government universities could either apply their own testing criteria or could use the NTS.

The secretary said that vice chancellors of universities would decide which test would be conducted. He said it would be the responsibility of the Vice Chancellors (VC) of the public sector universities to decide their admissions policy regarding NTS and same criteria would be implement in Punjab University (PU) regarding admission in master and BA honor classes, he added.

The NTS is an independent body that works with the Higher Education Commission. It was initially established to test prospective students of COMSATS, however the controversy began when it was made compulsory to be conducted by government universities. The purpose of NTS was to have uniformity of testing for student induction, but public sector universities resisted the application of the NTS. The Punjab Law Department also opposed the idea. Daily times

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