The Association of Universities of Bangladesh on Saturday decided that public universities would hold admission tests after the publication of results of Higher Secondary Certificate and equivalent examinations based on the students’ two previous public examinations.
‘We initiated our discussion on how the admission tests will be held — online or with students’ presence at the centres. No decision was taken at the meeting,’ said association president professor Mohammad Rafiqul Alam, also Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology vice-chancellor, after a meeting of the AUB.
He told New Age that the association had taken the decision to hold admission tests as the results of HSC and equivalent exams would be published in the last week of December, he said.
He said that they also discussed whether the public universities would hold admission tests as per the ‘cluster system’. But no decision was taken on the issue either, he said.
The government on October 7 announced cancellation of this year’s HSC and equivalent examinations due to the COVID-19 situation and decided that the candidates would be evaluated by December based on their Secondary School Certificate and equivalent exams and Junior School Certificate exams results.
AUB leaders on Saturday joined virtually in the first meeting on admission tests.
Rafiqul Alam said that they were discussing about the possibilities of holding tests ‘online’ or ‘offline’ methods.
‘If other countries can hold examinations online, why cannot we?’ he asked, adding that different mobile operators were also offering different data packages for students.
Rafiqul Alam said that some universities held admission tests following cluster-based system last year and they would continue discussion on the method for this year.
Earlier on Thursday, the vice-chancellors of 46 public universities joined a virtual opinion sharing meeting on online academic activities, organised by the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh.
UGC chairman professor Kazi Shahidullah in the meeting said that people wanted specific directions for admissions in universities and it was necessary to come to a final decision in this regard.
The commission also told the university authorities that the admission tests should be held in such an arrangement so that no question would be raised later.
A of total 13,65,789 students — 10,79,171 regular and 2,66,501 irregular — under 11 education boards had registered to seat in this year’s HSC and equivalent examinations which was scheduled to begin on April 1.
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