The government has decided to arrange combined admission test at all public universities from next academic year for reducing pressure on the students and their parents who need to go to different universities across the country to take entrance examinations.
University Grants Commission chairman Kazi Shahidullah following a meeting with the representatives of the 46 public universities in his office in Dhaka on Thursday told New Age that most of the representatives agreed to the decision to begin combined admission test from the academic year of 2020-21.
The commission would shortly form a committee to implement the decision, he said adding that the committee would be led by a UGC member and would comprise representatives from different universities, including the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka University, Jahangirnagar University, Rajshahi University and Chittagong University.
‘The committee will finalise the methods of the test,’ he added.
UGC member Professor Dil Aara Afroza Begum, who presented the concept paper on combined admission test in the meeting, said that the students from science, arts and commerce backgrounds would take exams on two fixed days.
Three categories of question papers would be designed to assess the thorough knowledge of the students on their textbooks, she further said.
Students on the basis of their merit and choices would be allowed in the universities, she said adding that combined admission test was introduced successfully in the last academic year 2019-20 at all agricultural universities in the country.
Bangladesh University Parishad, a platform of public university vicechancellors, also agreed to the decision, she claimed.
The Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka University, Jahangirnagar University, Rajshahi University and Chittagong University authorities, however, did not show interest in introducing combined admission test, UGC officers said.
The universities earn a lot of money by selling admission forms every year and the amount is distributed among the teachers, which held them back from agreeing with the decision, complained the officers.
Dil Afroza said that the commission would soon talk with the authorities of BUET and Dhaka University separately.
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