The exam was planned while defying UGC, govt orders
The Faculty of Business Studies of Dhaka University (DU) was set to hold an admission test for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) evening program on Friday, ignoring the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) call to all public universities to discontinue evening courses in December.
The exam was eventually suspended just three hours before the scheduled start time of 11am.
DU Vice Chancellor Prof Akhtaruzzaman confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune and said he had been unaware that the test had been scheduled
"I have asked the dean [of the Faculty of Business Studies] to suspend the exam and formulate a guideline regarding the evening MBA courses," the VC added.
When contacted, DU Dean of the Faculty of Business Studies Prof Abdul Moin also said the exam had been suspended, but made no further comment on the matter.
The government has decided to keep academic activities at all educational institutions closed till December 19 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier on Thursday night, DU VC Akhtaruzzaman and Pro-VC Muhammad Samad said they were not informed about the exam scheduled for Friday.
The VC also said no guidelines had been formulated regarding the evening MBA courses.
The university authorities on February 24 suspended the enrolment and issuing circulars for evening courses for the next 5 weeks.
Evening courses at Dhaka University came into the limelight after 34 former and incumbent leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student front of the ruling party, were enrolled into a postgraduate course in gross violation of university rules .
While the news of the admission test sparked protests among students and some teachers on the campus, the dean of the faculty concerned claimed their admission process was “fair.”
Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have occasionally criticized “money-spinning” evening courses.