The Sindh government has canceled the results of the entry test conducted for the admissions in the government medical colleges by the NTS (National Testing Services) on October 22nd last month.
The results were annulled on the recommendation of a committee comprising of five members founded by Murad Ali Shah—Chief Minister-Sindh. This committee was formed to look into the allegations of irregularities related to the conducted admission test. The news about the cancellation of the test was announced by the provincial government on Saturday.
As per the directions given to the Dow Medical University of Health Sciences (DUHS) by the provincial government a re-test is to be taken within fifteen days and in transparent ways.
An investigation was initiated after a questionnaire of the admission test was released on October 21, a day prior to the exact test day. This leak was supposedly done with the involvement of NTS staff for some sum of money.
NTS chairperson along with the Higher Education Commission and provincial health authorities have earlier this month received notices from the Sindh High Court.
The petitioner said that the leak of the test papers before the exam day is like the killing of the merit system. He further added that the government has apparently not taken any action against this unlawful conduct of the NTS staff.
The petitioner demanded that the NTS test taken on the October 22nd should be declared illegal as the test paper was leaked. He also pursued the government directives to re-take the admission test via some reputed testing agency for the admissions of MBBS and BDS programs.
The court has restricted the NTS from releasing the final merit list of the October 22nd exam until the final clearance of the petition.