The University of Sindh on Sunday conducted the phased pre-entry test for admissions to 57 bachelor degree programs for the academic year 2022 in which a total of 8377 candidates including 1647 females participated.

SU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro visited various examination centers setup on the campus during the test and reviewed the test process.

According to the SU spokesman, the entrance test started at 10.30 am and lasted for 90 minutes, during which as many as 6540 male and 1647 female candidates took part in order to try their luck for admissions to Pakistan’s first university established on April 4, 1947.

According to the spokesman, 190 candidates who could not appear in the pre entry test in the 1st phase were also given a chance to appear in the 2nd and the last phase as they had submitted their applications to the directorate of admissions requesting the authorities to provide them with the opportunity to take the test.

Test centers were set up at the Institute of Microbiology, Institute of Biochemistry, Institute of Biotechnology, Institute of English Language & Literature, Department of Media and Communication Studies, Arts Faculty Building, Faculty of Engineering & Technology and the Institute of Physics, where the candidates took the test in a serene environment.

Candidates were provided with water bottles and ball pens as well while they were called district-wise for appearing in the entrance test in both the phases so that they may accompany one another and diminish their expenses.

The transport department of the university also plied point buses for the candidates from Kotri, Hyderabad and Jamshoro, through which they were provided pick-and-drop facility.

The entrance test was conducted in a professional manner by the Sindh University Testing Center (SUTC), while the results of 8377 candidates appeared in the exam were announced in just 2 hours due to the availability of modern tools, contemporary machinery and advanced technology.

The presence of modern machines and tools in the testing center ensured transparency and immediate issuance of test results as usual.

On the other hand, the role of the admission cell was also constructive during the test as it had released the lists of candidates in a short span of time, as a result of which the work of seating arrangement by the hall management committee was completed in a very cheerful manner.

PVC, Focal Persons, Deans, Heads of Departments, Head Invigilators and Invigilators played a significant role in making the pre-entry test gossamer, transparent, see-through and professional. However, the officers and employees also gave excellent results as per expectations.

The transport session of the University of Sindh also extended its all-out cooperation and played an active role for the smooth conduct of the entrance test, enabling the candidates to reach campus in due course of time.

The heads of coordination and hall management committees Prof. Dr. Arfana Begum Mallah and Dr. Farida Shaikh as well as their vibrant teams ensured the conduct of the test in the best possible way. Everyone worked hard day and night with utmost interest and sense of ownership which resulted in smooth conduct of the entrance test in its 2nd phase.

In both the phases of the entrance test, the security of the University of Sindh and the police as well as law enforcement agencies also extended their full cooperation and support, which helped improve the security arrangements on the campus. As a result, the pre-entry test of thousands of candidates was completed peacefully.

Special tables and chairs were arranged for the special/ disabled candidates so that they may not fall on evil times and face any difficulty during the entrance test.

Instead of spending millions of rupees on sound systems like past practices, WhatsApp groups were created this time under the vision of the Vice-Chancellor using the technology, through which the instructions were passed regarding the start and end of the entrance test.

The best thing of the phased test was that this time, no class or study of the on-roll students was affected as the test was conducted on Saturday and Sunday in the 1st phase, and Sunday in the 2nd phase.

Due to the academic vision of the Vice-Chancellor Prof. (Meritorious) Dr. Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro, the classes were commenced as usual till November 5, 2021 and the test was taken just after a day i.e. Sunday, while the classes will also take place as per schedule on Monday (today).

The sanitary staff was also present at the offices, which completed the sanitation work after the conclusion of the test, so that the classes might run as usual on Monday (today).

On the other hand, as many as 100 students studying in the university were volunteered, who provided proper guidance to the candidates and did their job flawlessly.

The role of the Information Technology Services Center (ITSC) has been very active and on the go, providing full support to the Directorate of Admissions and the Sindh University Testing Center (SUTC), which benefited in usage of technology.

An ambulance service was provided by the management of Sindh University to deal with the emergency and a route plan was also issued two days ago.

Earlier, hundreds of male candidates were given special permission to stay in the Boys’ Hostel while many female candidates were allowed dwelling in the Marvi Girls’ Hostel so that they may not face any inconvenience.

Talking to media, the SU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro said that the SUTC was so advanced in terms of technology that the directorate of admissions had kept e-portal open for submission of online forms for admissions till November 5, 2021. Within a day, he said the test arrangements were finalized with the help of the Information Technology Services Center.

He said there was no truth in the impression that 60% of the candidates were failed in the test conducted last week in 1st phase by the testing centre adding that the cut-off line was fixed 40% of the total 100 marks, but the final decision in this regard was yet to be taken in the meeting of the admission committee.

Showing gratitude to the police and law enforcement agencies for providing adequate security, he said that the security agencies had done their best to maintain law and order on the campus during the entrance test, for which he was offering accolades to them.

Dr. Kalhoro further said that the infrastructure of Sindh University Testing Center was spacious and the university also covered a large area, therefore, he said SUTC could take the test from thousands of candidates at a time without getting on the nerves.

In reply to a question, he reiterated that the concept of failing in the entrance test was wrong and the candidates had shown excellent performance in both parts of the test, therefore, he said the aspirants needed not to be disappointed.

The 2nd phase of the entry test ended successfully. The Sindh University Testing Center has succeeded to announce the results of the test of 8377 candidates in the short span of just two hours and maintained its record of releasing the results in a very short time.

It is pertinent to note that the candidates who applied for admissions to the other campuses of Sindh University including Elsa Kazi Campus Hyderabad, Laar Campus Badin, Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Sindh University Campus Dadu, Larkana, Thatta, Mirpurkhas and Naushahro Feroze Campuses were provided with an opportunity to take the test at the Allama I.I Kazi campus/ Main campus Jamshoro

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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