The Government of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) has signed an agreement with the Education Testing Council (ETC), HEC whereby the Council will conduct the screening tests for recruitment in the departments of GB Government.

The signing ceremony held at HEC Secretariat was attended by Chief Secretary GB, Mr Mohiyuddin Wani, Executive Director HEC, Dr Shaista Sohail and CEO ETC Mr Iftekhar Mahmood.

Honorable guests expressed the hope that the agreement would help bring standardized testing to the process of recruitment in the public sector of GB enabling enforcement of across-the-board merit and transparency.

Mr Wani stressed that the process of testing needed to be undertaken expeditiously to help initiate the long-awaited process of recruitment. Mr Iftekhar Mahmood reiterated the commitment from ETC to conduct requisite tests through an accelerated effort.

HEC Pakistan has established ETC under the mandate of its Ordinance and as directed by the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan. It is an autonomous institution with oversight by its Board of Governors (BoG). The BoG consists of experienced and accomplished professionals including federal and provincial secretaries, Executive Director HEC, Vice Chancellors both from the public and private sector universities with representation from the four provinces, and eminent personalities.

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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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