A group of students seeking admission to medical and dental colleges in 2020-21 academic year have demanded deferral of undergraduate entry tests and arrangement of the tests after Eid-ul-Fitr.
On Thursday, they formed a human chain at Antiterrorism Raju Memorial on the Dhaka University campus to press home their demand.
Citing the COVID-19 situation, the speakers at the event expressed fear of contracting the disease if the MBBS admission tests were held on April 2 as per schedule of the Directorate General of Health Education.
They also said that if the admission test was held on April 2 violating consistency with other public universities, they would face troubles sitting for admission tests at all universities and colleges within a short span of time.
In a notification on February 7, the health education department announced the schedule for enrollment for MBBS programmes at public and private medical colleges for 2020-21.
The admission tests for medical colleges has been scheduled for April 2 and the tests for the dental colleges for April 30.
Over 72,000 students sat for the medical admission tests in 2019-2020 academic year, according to the health education department.
Normally, the admission process for medical and dental colleges starts in October and ends in November after the HSC results are published every year.
However, due to the COVID-19 crisis, Higher Secondary Certificate and equivalent examinations were cancelled in 2020. The government evaluated the 2020 HSC candidates based on their Junior School Certificate and Secondary School Certificate results and published the coordinated results on January 30 this year.
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