The pre-entry test for admissions to the Master’s degree programmes in various 57 departments for the academic year 2018 was held at the University of Sindh Jamshoro and its four campuses on Sunday.
As many as 2522 candidates including 874 females tried their luck to seek placement in the courses of their choice in the Master Degree programmes at the entrance test at Sindh University Jamshoro and its campuses in Dadu, Larkana, Thatta and Mirpurkhas.
Sindh University Testing Centre (SUTC) conducted the test in a conducive, efficient and welcoming environment.
As per details provided by the Director Admissions, a total number of 1513 candidates including 842 females appeared in the test at Allama I. I Kazi Campus Jamshoro. The examination blocks were set up at Arts Faculty Building, Institute of Media & Communication Studies and Institute of English Language & Literature. Separate blocks were established for female candidates in order to provide them hassle-free milieu to attempt their multiple choice question paper.
Speaking to the journalists on the occasion, SU vice-chancellor Prof Dr Fateh Muhammad Burfat said that it was a historic day as Sindh University was conducting a pre-entry test for admissions to Masters Programmes in a befitting environment one more time.
He informed that a total number of 2513 candidates appeared in the test for admissions in some 57 departments, which he termed reflective of the growing public trust and confidence in the University of Sindh.
He added that the university evaluated test arrangements every year to learn from the experiences; dilating that on the basis of past experience, special new arrangements had been made this year to further facilitate the candidates and their accompanying kith & kin at the campus, he said.
Dr. Burfat said that public sector universities often served as last resort and a haven for candidates failing to seek placement in prestigious professional higher education institutions.
He said he was always more than open to constructive criticism on the University of Sindh aimed at reform and betterment of the varsity; however, he said, those who evaluated the performance of public sector universities must also bear in mind that these varsities operated under acute resource constraints facing five-fold student enrolment because of being economically affordable option and financially feasible priority.
He said that the University of Sindh hardly ever increased fees and even its current fee structure was not higher than the fees charged by some leading private schools.
Dr. Burfat said that public sector universities always served as the institution that added tremendous value to the human capital from the humblest social strata that would otherwise not even be able to obtain higher education due to monetary obstacles.
He observed that he himself and several others like him who had attained privileged and prestigious positions at the advanced stage of their careers were the best examples of the finest products of the public sector universities of the country.
He said SU was the only hope of poor and downtrodden people of the province as the ratio of admission fees was lesser that all the varsities in the country.
Special arrangements were made to provide security to the candidates and a heavy contingent of police and Rangers was deployed to avoid any untoward incident.
The details of the candidates appearing at the other SU campuses is as ahead: Larkana campus 61 including 17 females, Mirpurkhas campus 22 candidates including 5 females, Dadu campus 43 candidates including 6 females and Thatta campus 22 candidates including 4 females.