KARACHI - This is the first time that Karachi University (KU) is going to take the services of the National Testing System (NTS) for conducting an Entry Test to induct students in the University in Honours and Masters Programmes to remove the expected political pressure from the ruling parties after the approval of the Sindh Universities Laws Amendment Bill 2013, The Nation has learned.

A source in the KU Administration said that the University is not interested to compromise on merit at any cost in the on going admission procedures for BS/Honours and Masters Programmes, starting from November 11, 2013, as political elements and the government higher up used to influence in the KU admission procedures to get their relatives admitted in the University.  

Few years back, sports quota was largely misused in the admission procedures that caused around 500 excess admissions to largest University of the country. This time KU declared an entry test obligatory for almost 16 very important departments, where students rush to get admissions. When Director Admission Committee Prof Khalid Iraqi was contacted by The Nation on Saturday, he said that during the last few years the University has controlled the grant of surplus or fake admissions, following the policies of KU Academic Council.

“Admissions to 17 departments will be granted on pre-requisite examination after qualifying the entry test, conducted by NTS, with minimum of 50 per cent marks; while for admission in the pharmacy department students will be required to have at least 60 per cent marks in the test.  The names of 16 departments included applied physics, biotechnology, business administration, chemical engineering, commerce, computer science, economics, education, English, environmental studies, food science and technology, international relations, mass communication, microbiology, public administration, special education, teacher education,” he said.