LAHORE: The University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore has announced September 19 as the date for the combined engineering colleges admission test (ECAT) 2010. The UET estimates 35,978 of its enrolled students would appear in the examination for the 2,000 seats of the 26 different engineering programmes offered, an official told The Express Tribune.
Earlier the UET had announced August 8 as the examination date but Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had directed the university to extend this date because of the floods devastation in the province.
The UET’s coordinator of ECAT 2010 Prof Salim Abid Tabassum told The Express Tribune that the UET would hold the exam on September 19 at 10 am.
He said that the UET would not allow more students to submit forms.
He said that the closing date for submission of forms was July 28 in the Punjab and August 3 for Quetta.
He said that out of 35,978 students, 769 students who passed A-level examination have submitted their forms for ECAT 2010, while 269 students who have the equivalence diplomas of FSc are slated to sit for the exam.
The UET has set up 9 stations for the exam throughout the country.
Out of the 35,978 students, 1,700 students have submitted form for taking the test in Bahawalpur, 3,050 in Faisalabad, 1,300 in Gujrat, 150 in Karachi, 14,500 in Lahore, 6,100 in Multan, 1,000 in Peshawar, 3,800 in Rawalpindi and 3,315 in Taxila.
Dr Tabassum said that last year 25,000 students appeared in the test and all the applicants regardless of their native language or any foreign examination system they were used to took the same examination and applied themselves to the same question papers. He said that last year out of 25,000 applicants around 2,500 candidates with A-level certificates appeared in the ECAT.
He said that the candidates will have to solve four question papers and each paper will carry 100 marks. He said that UET has not set any passing marks threshold. So every student should solve question papers without undue tension.
He said that while making the overall merits of the 26 engineering programmes, UET would count 30 percent marks from the students’ marks in the ECAT and 70 percent marks from their FSc or A-level.
Dr Tabassum said that he had informed the concerned authorities to make arrangements for the day.
He said that the UET would provide internal security and staff to conduct the test at the UET centre.
Last year the ‘open merit’ stood between 83 per cent and 72 per cent, he said. He said that the open merit at UET’s campuses at Kala Shah Kaku was 81 percent, at Faisalabad 75 per cent and at Rachna College of Engineering and Technology 75.5 per cent.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 2010.