The vice-chancellors of the country’s 19 general and science and technology public universities on Tuesday decided to hold admission tests for 2020-21 academic year in a single cluster.
At a meeting with the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh, there were decisions that tests on humanities, commerce and science subjects would be held on three separate days and question papers would be prepared based on the syllabus of higher secondary level.
The admission seekers would have to sit for the examinations at the centres.
The decisions were taken at the opinion sharing meeting held at UGC Bhaban in the capital where the vice-chancellors of the universities and the commission officials were present.
Earlier on February 26, UGC decided to hold admission tests in four clusters — agriculture, science and technology, engineering and general — at the public universities in the academic year 2020-21, reviewing its previous decision in favour of a centralised admission test system for all public universities in the country.
For the decisions on cluster-based admission test, a meeting of the authorities of seven agricultural and three engineering universities would be held soon to clear their positions, said a UGC press release published on Tuesday.
The 19 general and science and technology public universities are Islamic University, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Khulna University, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, Noakhali Science and Technology University, Jagannath University, Comilla University, Jatiya Kabi Nazrul Islam University, Jashore University of Science and Technology, Begum Rokeya University, Pabna University of Science and Technology, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University, University of Barisal, Rangamati Science And Technology University, Rabindra University, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Digital University, Sheikh Hasina University and Bangamata Sheikh Fojilatunnesa Mujib Science and Technology University.
Earlier in February, the authorities of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka University, Jahangirnagar University, Chittagong University and Rajshahi University decided not to participate in the centralised admission test.
In 2019-20 academic year for the first time in Bangladesh seven agricultural universities held admission test under the cluster method.
According to the commission, currently there are a total of 46 universities in the country out of which in 34 admission tests were held.
Professor Mijanur Rahman, Jagannath University vice-chancellor and general and science and technology university cluster joint convener, told New Age that admission tests for 19 universities would be held on three different days on three subjects and the students would have to come to the centres for the tests.
‘Earlier we analysed the plan for holding online admission tests but it did not seem viable,’ he said and added that the central admission test committee would fix the method for the cluster system.
He further said that the committee would also give a score to the students after taking tests and the universities would admit students based on the scores.
No separate admission tests would be taken before admission, he said and added that the universities would publish advertisements on newspapers for admission tests based on own conditions and demands.
Mijanur Rahman said that they would hold the tests when the COVID-19 situation would improve as it was not possible to maintain social distancing during the tests.
On December 19, a meeting would be held at Jagannath University in this regard, he added.
UGC chairman professor Kazi Shahidullah joined the meeting virtually while he urged the authorities of the universities to organise admission tests on direct and easy ways to facilitate the students and their guardians.
He also said that the authorities of the universities had no opportunities to back out from holding tests under the cluster method.
The meeting was attended among others by UGC member professor Sazzad Hossain, professor Muhammed Alamgir, professor Biswajit Chandra and professor Md Abu Taher.
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