meeting of the Consultative Committees to review the GRE
Type (GAT-General) test for Pakistani Languages, Arabic and
Islamic Studies was held under the auspices of the Social
Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Pakistan at the
Higher Education Commission (HEC) Secretariat.
Prof. Fateh Muhammad Malik, Chairman, Sub-Committee on
Pakistani Languages chaired the meeting, which was attended
by the faculty members of languages form all over the
country. The main agenda of the meetings was to analyze the
suitability of the GAT-General test for these disciplines
and finalize the recommendations to improve the test as per
requirement of the PhD studies.
The meeting was briefed that the candidates from these
subjects get an average of 65 per cent marks in the verbal
sections of test. A large number of students fall below the
passing marks which reflect a negative skewness in the data.
The quantitative (arithmetic) section provides a supplement
support and candidates obtain marks with an average of 70
while a maximum numbers of candidates fail in the analytical
section of the test.
Dr. Riaz-ul-Haq Tariq, Member (Academics) HEC briefed the
participants about the analysis carried out for verbal,
analytical and quantitative parts of the test and the
problem faced by the candidates of these subjects.
He emphasized over the members to play an active role for
promotion of research and teaching in these disciplines and
to launch four-month pre-doc programme for students aiming
to study MS leading to PhD. He also assured that HEC would
welcome new ideas and suggestions in strengthening Pakistani
Languages in educational institutes in particular.
The Committee members lauded the efforts of Higher Education
Commission for initiating a number of programmes to
strengthen Pakistani Language in general universities of
Pakistan. They also assured their utmost cooperation in this
The Committee showed satisfaction over the current format of
the GAT-General test and declared that test fulfill the
entire requirements for evaluating Gradate Aptitude of a
student. The Committee also emphasized that a uniform policy
regarding HEC’s roadmap for PhD should be followed by all
the universities and GAT-General test should be conducted
for enrolment of the PhD programmes.