'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
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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