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UGC determined to implement cluster admission test system

  • Published at 05:54 pm February 26th, 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

The UGC will also sit with authorities of public universities on the first week of March to discuss the matter further

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to use cluster admission test system for the academic year 2020-21 even after top public universities in the country refused to accept the uniform admission system proposed earlier.

The decision was taken at a meeting between UGC Chairman Kazi Shahidullah and vice-chancellors of 34 public universities, at UGC office in Dhaka on Wednesday. Vice Chancellors of Dhaka University, Jahangirnagar University and Rajshahi University did not take part in the meeting.

It is not clear whether Dhaka University, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Jahangirnagar University, Rajshahi University and Chittagong University would join this cluster admission system because of their previous refusal. 

The UGC will sit with the authorities of public universities on the first week of March to discuss the matter further and will finalize the details of the examination system within the second week.

The commission had moved ahead with the idea of taking uniform admission tests according to the decision taken on January 23, terming the examination as "centralized admission test" for public universities.

The move was initiated after chancellors of public universities and President Abdul Hamid on several occasions expressed desire for holding central admission tests to ease the sufferings of students and their guardians.

Earlier in 2010, the Education Ministry decided to introduce the centralized admission test but it was not materialized due to opposition from several major universities.

Earlier on November 30, UGC arranged a uniform admission test also known as “cluster admission” for enrollment in seven public agriculture universities, to reduce the hassle for admission seekers.

After Wednesday's meeting with the VCs, UGC chairman Kazi Shahidullah said: “We will form a committee led by UGC member Prof Dil Afroz Begum who will sit with all public universities."

“The committee will also contact specialized universities like Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University, Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTEX). If they agree, they might join the cluster system too,” he added.

The UGC chairman also hopes that the five universities—DU, BUET, JU, RU and CU would come under the cluster system.

Responding to a question the chairman claimed that vice-chancellors of all science and technology universities and National University (NU) have agreed to this proposal.

In the process, there will be a total of six tests; three examinations for science, humanities and commerce groups for general universities, one exam each for engineering, science and technology and agriculture universities.

UGC member Prof Muhammad Alamgir and Dil Afroz Begum said a clearer picture will be obtained in March this year.

They claimed they have taken successful cluster examinations in all the agricultural universities.

According to the press conference, a student will also have the opportunity to change groups through this test. For instance, a science student might get admission in any humanities department.