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Uniform entry test in public universities from next session

  • Published at 05:23 pm January 23rd, 2020
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File photo: Dhaka University Vice-chancellor Professor Akhtaruzzaman visits a exam venue during the admission test of the university on Friday, September 14, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

Another meeting will be held soon regarding the process of the test and legislative issues

Public University admission test will be held under a uniform procedure across the country from the 2020-21 academic session.

The decision came at a meeting between the vice chancellors of the public universities and University Grants Commission (UGC) in Dhaka on Thursday.   

"The uniform admission test will be a great blessing for the students and guardians as hassles and sufferings might be reduced," UGC Chairman Prof Kazi Shahidullah said. 

“The vice chancellors agreed to a combined admission test for all public universities from 2020-21 session,” said Prof Muhammad Alamgir, a member of the UGC.

However, the process of test and other legislative issues will be finalized soon, he said adding: “Legislative issues will not be a barrier, if the academic council of the respective universities will agree to run an uniform admission test." 

When contacted, Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Prof Akhtaruzzaman said: “Policy and rules regarding the process should be developed prior to the execution of the decision. So before getting the policies it will not be clear from when the new system will be executed.”

In the meeting, UGC member Prof Dil Afroza Begum explained the concept note of the uniform admissions test.

According to the concept note, the question paper for the admission test will be developed following the curriculum of higher secondary level, considering the contents from the disciplines of humanity, business studies, and science.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed her concern over the admission tests for avoiding hassle and expenditure of the students and guardians in different forums. 

The education ministry in 2010 decided in principle to introduce the cluster system for hassle-free examinations.

Under the system, admission seekers would be enrolled at public universities based on merit from one single test.

At present, medical colleges and the national university have a uniform entrance exam.

The UGC had held a uniform admission test on November 30 last year, also known as “cluster admission,” for enrollment in seven public universities, to reduce the hassle for admission seekers.

The universities were: Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU), Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Sylhet Agricultural University, Khulna Agricultural University, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, and Patuakhali Science and Technology University