Karachi - Sindh government on Saturday cancelled the results of entry test for admissions in public sector medical colleges and universities conducted by the National Testing Services (NTS) on October 22 after an inquiry committee found irregularities in the test procedure.

According to a notification issued by Secretary Health Dr Fazlullah Pechuhu, the decision to annul the test results was taken on the recommendations of the inquiry committee, constituted by the health department, to ascertain whether any irregularities occurred during the NTS test for admissions in public sector medical colleges and universities.

It is pertinent to mention here that the students had staged protest against the NTS for allegedly leaking the paper to some of the students and also preparing forged results. Taking notice of protests from the students the Sindh chief minister constituted a five-member committee to dig out the facts.

The committee consisted of Special Secretary (Admin), Health Department Aijaz Ahmed Mahesar as its chairman and Health Services, Hyderabad Director General Dr Muhammad Akhlaq Khan, Sindh Government’s Lyari General Hospital MS Dr Khalil Ahmed Pathan, Health Department Additional Director Development Mohsin Shaikh, as its members while Dr Nadeem Akhtar Shaikh as Convener.

The committee was tasked with ascertaining the veracity of allegations appearing in print and social media that question papers were leaked to candidates prior to holding of tests on receiving illegal gratification; probing into the process involved for Medical College Entry Test conducted through NTS for admissions in public sector medical colleges/universities of the province; recording and probing statements of stakeholders, including students and parents.

It was asked to submit the findings along with recommendations within 10 days.  The committee submitted the report to the health department, recommending holding the entry test again due to some misappropriations.

According to the notification issued on Saturday, the test would be re-conducted within 15 days through Dow University of Health Sciences.

It is pertinent to mention here that FIA had also informed the Sindh High Court that the questionnaire prepared for the entry test for medical colleges and universities in Sindh, conducted by the NTS, was leaked using a social networking website. It was informed during the hearing of a petition submitted in SHC, seeking a restraining order against the announcement.