Covid prompts change in NED admission policy

Engineering varsity to consider matric results in case inter exams not conducted by July


Our Correspondent May 26, 2021
File photo of NED University in Karachi. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI:

The NED University of Engineering and Technology has decided to open admissions on the basis of matric examinations in case intermediate examinations are not conducted by July.

The decision was taken in light of the limitations caused by the coronavirus. The university reached this decision during a recently held NED University Academic Council session.

The decision of giving admissions into the bachelors program 2021 on the basis of matric examination, in case the intermediate examinations are not conducted in July, has been taken.

However, all the admissions granted under such a situation will be provisional and attestation will be conditional to the results issued by the intermediate board.

The weightage of matric results will be reduced from 50% to 30% for the preparation of merit in admissions. These admissions were made last year on the basis of intermediate part I results.

NED University of Engineering and Technology's VC Dr Sarwish Hashmat Lodhi, while speaking to The Express Tribune, shared that the session approved three different models for admissions.

These models will be implemented in three different ways. In the first situation, the admissions would be given based on intermediate results if the examinations are completed in July. The second involves students submitting applications on the basis of their matric results in case intermediate examinations are not conducted by July.

The third scenario would be in case the Pakistan Engineering Council and Higher Education Commission issue a guideline which can be deliberated upon. The same policy would be applicable to institutions affiliated with NED.

Replying to a question, NED University Pro Dr Muhammad Tufail said 30% weightage would be given to the matric result and 70% to the written test. This would allow a student with poor matric results a chance to gain admission by performing better in the test. These admissions will be granted to 28 departments which have 2,700 seats available.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 26th, 2021.

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