Islamabad - National Testing Service (NTS) has disbursed Rs 48 million among the needy university students during 2014-15, NTS Chief Operating Officer (COO) Dr Sherzada Khan said yesterday.

As many as 334 students of different universities had taken benefit to pay off tuition fee, besides getting Rs 5,000 stipend per month, he said while talking to APP. Dr Sherzada said the NTS was playing a vital role in improving higher education through its testing and assessment system.

The Service had the aim to improve the quality rather than earning money. No one could breach its foolproof examination system, he added.

The NTS official said they had planned to disburse over Rs 150 million scholarships among the needy students of various universities next year.

The NTS, he said, had already launched an initiative for improvement of higher education in Balochistan through Inter-University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences (IUCPSS) and support of the provincial government.

He said the NTS was also conducting TOEFL test for the students who wanted to study abroad. The NTS English learning test was acceptable to all international universities.

A student studying in 13th and 14th standard of public sector college was eligible for taking TOEFL ITP test, he added. He said in 2014, out of the total surplus of Rs 272 million earned by the NTS, some Rs 136 million was reserved for the Need-Based Scholarship Programme.