Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan decided to established its own Education Testing Council (ETC) for offering free testing services to students of all public and private sector across Pakistan. The ETC will be operational from spring – 2017, and all public and private sector universities are required to adopt this system in admission processes.
Ashan Iqbal federal minister for planning and reforms, lunches the ETC back in April 2016 at HEC. Dr Mukhtar Ahmed chairman HEC stated;
“ETC would be a standardized entry test for undergraduate admissions for which the representative university would determine weight-age of the test after approval from its governing body. He said initially the council would conduct the test for undergraduate students and later for MS and PhD admissions as well.”
Same like NTS this test is valid for the period of two years. Remember but this is free, the state government will bare the cost, all expenses across the country for conduct test. Federal Minister Eng. Balighur Rahman appreciated the HEC for taking the much-needed step for the standardization of education in all across the country.
NTS CEO Degree scandal.
The rise of scandal, Pro-Rector Haroon Rashid ( Comsats Institute of Information Technology ) – whose PhD thesis was found to be up to 72% plagiarised – has started a new debate over the future of the National Testing Service (NTS), Mr. Haroon Rashid was CEO of NTS at that time.
Mr Haroon was suspended by the Comsats board of governors, and asked to appear before the board on June 17 to explain his position.
The move came after an Islamabad High Court (IHC) order vacating the stay order granted to Mr Hroon Rashid, who had challenged the Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) probe into his allegedly plagiarised doctoral thesis.
Preston University had then cancelled NTS CEO (Mr. Haroon) PhD. Board members contended that Mr Rashid could not remain NTS CEO. Mr Rashid, who left for the United States a day before the board meeting, was not available for comment.
After this It may be mentioned that in the absence of any testing body at the government level, students desiring admission to universities were compelled to appear in the entry test conducted by the National Testing Service – a private commercial entity. However, the Lahore High Court in 2014 declared the NTS as an unapproved body and ruled that recognized universities/institutions were not under any lawful obligation to conduct the test by NTS or bound by its test results.