HEC stops universities from employing NTS for admission tests

Higher Education Commission (HEC) has now asked all the universities to stop using National Testing Service (NTS) for their admission tests. They have ordered the universities to arrange their own entrance GAT (Graduation Assessment Test) rather than relying on NTS.

HEC has also categorically stated that it never asked the students of different private universities to pass GAT conducted by NTS. Previously, many students from various universities claimed that HEC was asking their universities to hold GAT conducted by NTS. Back in March 2014, Lahore High Court ordered the HEC to ensure that no admission test would be carried out by any private until any proper legislation is done in this regard. The verdict was given following the petition of a student Syeda Anam Ilyas alleging NTS as an illegal entity.

NTS has earned billions of rupees in revenue through its services. The students from Riphah International and other such universities have reported that they had already passed the intra-university test which is mandatory for the qualification of M.Phil degree. But later on, HEC directed the universities to go through the process all over again.

Many students from various universities has condemned and opposed the HEC’s decision. They have warned to launch protests against it. They have also warned of going in to courts as this decision will endanger the future of students.

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Post Author: Taha Munir