Decision on NTS test shortly: Punjab Gov
LAHORE, July 2(Dawn): Punjab Governor Khalid Maqbool has said that a decision
with regard to the holding of a uniform entrance test by the National Testing
Service (NTS) for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate classes in all
public sector universities will be taken shortly.
Talking to reporters
after the first convocation of University of Education on Saturday, the governor
said the universities were autonomous bodies and could also take decision for
the holding of entrance test for admission to their undergraduate and
postgraduate classes independently.
Earlier, the governor had held a
marathon meeting with the public sector universities' vice-chancellors on June
4. However, the meeting remained inconclusive and even the NTS director was told
that he would be informed about the government's decision within two days. The
NTS director, who has collected over 50,000 applications from candidates for the
National Aptitude Test (NAT 2007) scheduled for July 15, is still in the
According to a break-up, the NTS has received around 42,000
applications for NAT examination for admission to undergraduate classes and
about 8,000 for admission to postgraduate classes.
Earlier this year, the
governor had directed all Punjab universities' vice-chancellors to process their
forthcoming admissions after taking a uniform entrance test by the NTS.
Consequently, the NTS had advertised that it would hold a uniform entrance test
for 22 universities in Pakistan simultaneously on July 15.
Punjab law department took notice of the situation that the universities were
going to hold a uniform entrance test on an executive order issued by the Punjab
governor in his capacity as the chancellor of public varsities.
commented that such admissions would be without any legal effect until each
university made requisite amendments to its admission regulations through its
The law department had also asserted that making the
admissions contingent or conditional with the appearance in NTS tests without
incorporating corresponding amendments to admission regulations of the
universities will not be in accordance with laws governing affairs of these
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