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LHC summons HEC chief

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has summoned the chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC) for not implementing a judgment against National Testing Service (NTS).

Abdul Rauf through his counsel filed a petition and stated that the respondent chairman had not got published the judgment of the court passed on Jan 23, 2014 against the NTS.

The court had ordered the HEC to ensure that the gist of judgment be advertised so as to dispel the impression that NTS was a duly approved national testing body of the commission.

Furthermore, the HEC was directed to intimate all the recognised universities and academic institutions that admissions/scholarships would not be dependent on the test conducted by NTS after May 30, 2014 and HEC would also display this order on its website for the facilitation of the public.

The petitioner said the HEC had wilfully disobeyed the above direction while several months had already elapsed, as it had not yet advertised the gist of the order so as to dispel the impression that NTS was a duly approved national testing body of HEC.

Consequently, he said, a large number of advertisements continued pouring in the press for recruitment by government as well as semi-government organisations through NTS due to lack of proper publicity.

The petitioner pleaded that the HEC chairman committed gross contempt of court and was therefore liable to be proceeded against according to law.

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah adjourned hearing till Jan 23, 2015 and directed the HEC chairman to appear in person and explain his position.

Published in Dawn, December 7th, 2014