LAHORE – Students are concerned after the Higher Education Commission (HEC) announced on Sunday that it will conduct the Undergraduate Studies Admission Test (USAT) for undergraduate admission in universities across Pakistan.
The HEC advertisement did not specify whether the USAT would be required or not, which contributed to the students’ perplexity, especially because it came at a time when several universities had already opened undergraduate admissions and set their own entry exam schedules. Similarly, for their regular BS degree programs, several colleges have not prepared any form of entrance exam.’
In addition to advertisements, the HEC used its social media channels to make the announcement public, which did not receive a favourable response from students, who labeled USAT as yet another “money-making” move in their critical comments.
As per THE NATION, when they contacted ETC chief executive officer Dr Iftikhar said that Undergraduate Studies Admission Test (USAT) was not mandatory. He said the ETC launched its product (entry test) in the market to compete on a quality basis and it was up to universities whether they wanted to adopt this test or not. To a question, Dr Iftikhar said owing to the paucity of space in the advertisement it could not be made clear that the USAT was not mandatory.