ETC to be func­tional from 2017: Dr Mukhtar

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES -

IS­LAM­ABAD—The Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion (HEC) through coun­try’s first govern­ment test­ing body “Ed­u­ca­tion Test­ing Coun­cil” (ETC) will con­duct free, stan­dard­ized tests for univer­sity ad­mis­sions, said Chair­man HEC Dr Mukhtar Ah­mad on Monday. He told APP that ini­tially, HEC will con­duct tests for undergraduate and sub­se­quently for MS and PhD ad­mis­sions which will be valid for a pe­riod of two years.

The coun­cil, Dr Mukhtar said, will be a self-gov­erned body, which will be op­er­a­tional from Jan­uary (spring) 2017, adding, that govern­ment will bear the cost of this test, which will be held twice a year.

He said that “the test will be free for all stu­dents de­sirous of tak­ing ad­mis­sion in pub­lic and pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties.

Chair­man HEC said, “The es­tab­lish­ment of Coun­cil is part of Govern­ment’s ef­forts to achieve tar­gets of Vision 2025, which is a roadmap for coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment in all spheres.

ETC will prove to be a cred­i­ble and trans­par­ent en­tity to adopt a test­ing mech­a­nism of in­ter­na­tional stan­dard and the body will have ex­perts from both pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, he added. Dr Mukhtar de­scribed the ini­tia­tive as an im­por­tant step to­ward build­ing the knowl­edge econ­omy, adding that the in­cum­bent Govern­ment is pro­vid­ing all pos­si­ble re­sources for the up­lift of ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try.

He also said that it was a much-needed step for stan­dard­iza­tion of ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try.—APP

Po­lice of­fi­cials on their way on bi­cy­cle with­out wear­ing safety hel­met, sheer vi­o­la­tion of traf­fic rules.

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