CTS will assess candidates for STFS under PSF

Candidate’s Testing Service (CTS) will assess the applicants of 5th batch of the innovative Science Talent Farming Scheme (STFS) of Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) by conducting tests and interviews

CTS will assess candidates for STFS under PSFPrincipal Scientific Officer of PSF, Syeda Rehana Batool told media that CTS was responsible to assess the applicants of STFS for selection of 300 outstanding potential students who would be given opportunity to study science at the best institutions of the country.

She said that “we have received around 10,000 applications from the students belonging to different cities of the country, who will be evaluated by CTS through conducting Science Aptitude Test which is a paper-based IQ test, a presentation and final interview soon”.

The senior official informed that around 26 educational boards would also nominate one best student (topper) for participating in this scheme.

Rehana Batool said the talented students passionate towards obtaining Science education and choosing scientific career were selected under this scheme and prepared to become future eminent scientists.

She said the scheme offering scholarships for talented science students after completion of Secondary school Certificate, had so far benefited around 1200 students during four of its batches while the fifth batch would accommodate 300 students.

This scheme is helping majority of students from government schools, since its inception, by providing them an chance to get science education at Higher Secondary School level in the top universities and colleges of the country.

The selection process of the final candidates qualified to participate in the program will be completed till end of March so that their Names can be announced officially.

She publicized about the criteria of selection for participation in this program that the students from government sector institutions and having 60 percent overall marks and 70 percent in science subjects were qualified to apply in this scheme.

She informed that students were selected through following a Federal quota system and they were given monthly stipend of Rs10,000 and an opportunity to visit science and technology organizations, universities and labs.

The students are also given chance to exhibition their innovative creations at the science fairs arranged at nine selected universities and they are given consolation prizes and incentives for encouragement and motivation.

This scheme was earlier restricted to few provinces, however the students from FATA and Balochistan were included in this program from the last year.