Federal Minister for science and technology Rana Tanveer Hussain chaired a meeting regarding National testing service (NTS) issues here at Islamabad
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Federal Secretary MoST Mrs Yasmin Masood and Senior management of NTS was present in the meeting.
Chief operating officer, NTS Sherzada Khan briefed the Minister regarding prevailing issues and corrective measures the management has taken to streamline the company's affairs.
The Minister was informed that NTS has paid maximum of it's due liabilities/Taxes and rest of the amount will be paid within next few days After reconciliation of the actual outstanding amount with the FBR authorities. The chair was informed that NTS has established it's own Internal Audit and procurement departments to ensure implementation of PEPRA rules. NTS has also established it's own IT wing and all receipts of project Wise expenditures are being maintained appropriately. The company has also acquired it's own printing facility to avert the apprehension of leakage of question papers.
NTS authorities apprised the Minister that the company had been working as a recruitment agency of many well reputed public sector organizations including NAB, since last many years. Few negative elements has started a smear campaign in the media to defame the company, out of sheer jealousy.
The Minister directed the MoST to constitute a committee to analyze the issues of NTS as per rules. The committee will also submit the recommendations to make this organization more effective and efficient. It is also pertinent to mention that the NTS was launched as a project of COMSATS, a subsidiary of ministry of science and technology, during the Musharraf era as non-profit organization registered with the Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan and rector COMSATs heads it's Board of Directors.