Pakistani Universities to Use Education Testing Council for Admissions Starting This Fall

The first meeting of the Education Testing Council (ETC) was held at Higher Education Commission (HEC) Secretariat here on Saturday. The meeting was chaired by Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali, CEO (Acting)/Executive Director HEC.

Representatives from Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Government of Punjab, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Government of AJ&K, Vice Chancellor, University of the Punjab, Vice Chancellor, Riphah International University, Islamabad, Vice Chancellor, University of Peshawar (Acting), nominees of Sustainable Policy Development Institute Islamabad and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, besides other member of the Council, attended the meeting.

Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC was especially invited to present the preview of the ETC. He highlighted the concept and objectives of ETC launched earlier by HEC in May 2016. He underscored that the initiative has been undertaken on directive of the Government of Pakistan for extending a Free of Cost, uniform, standardized, and transparent testing service for students all across Pakistan for admission to universities and degree awarding institutions.

The Council was apprised that since its inception over 100,000 candidates have been successfully tested for award of scholarships. The council members appreciated the initiative of having a national level public testing entity and the pledge to institute a uniform, standardized and transparent assessment service free of cost across the entire country alleviating students and their parents for undertaking multiple admission tests.

The Council decided that initially the test would be launched for Fall 2017 Admission Session at undergraduate level. The universities would be encouraged to adopt the ETC Test however, gradually all the Universities and Degree Awarding Institutions shall be required to embrace the test. The Council also decided that initially the test will be offered twice annually.

    • I am wondering when you will comment in an positive manner. Most of the time you will comment insane.

  • useless idea! i USA and Europe….every one can take admission-without any tests or merit… if education is forall then each university should give admissions to students with 45% marks….not 60% marks

      • Yeah ACT and SAT are great testing measures, if Pak adopts something like that. Maybe in the future they might even do something like IELTS so students dont have to give multiple tests.

    • very well said, it means the person scoring 96% marks should sit besides the person having 46% and being taught by same teacher. at the end, when student fails, blame the teacher. when the fall-out rate increases, blame the education sector and policy maker

      • 70% student marks wale hote hay jinhe bas bta diya jata hay k basmarks lo and gets job. jab job ni milti then blame government. kabhe lahore karachi, islamabad say bahr nikal kar dekhe dear. But dear we need people for this country jo practically work bhe mehnat say kare. hona chahiye dera ase k agar koii bnda kisi field main without college or school k hunar rakhta hay ya us nay internet say kuch seekha hay agar wo practically prove kare to us ko addmission bhe milna chahiye and degree bhe.

    • agree 100% asa hone k bad hum 1 ache nasal tayar kar skte hay na k sirf hukm krne wae paida kare.

      • aap ye kahna chahtay hain k aik banda internet sy operation daikh daikh k kerna start kr dy, ya aik banda medical store pr 5, 6 saal laga k MBBS ki degree ly ly!!!!!!!!!

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