BNP MP demands amendment to university ordinances

Staff Correspondent | Published at 12:42am on February 14, 2020

Bangladesh Nationalist Party member of parliament Harunur Rashid on Thursday demanded that the government should amend the university ordinance 1973 to force the four leading public universities to join the combined entrance examination system from this year.

Speaking on point of order in parliament session, the MP also urged speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury to issue a rule so that the government took steps to start combined entrance examinations from this year ignoring all barriers.

‘The vicechancellors of 28 public universities sat in a meeting on last Tuesday. It’s a matter of concern that some VCs of the major universities, including Dhaka University and BUET, talked about the 1973 ordinance and showed their unwillingness to accept the exam system,’ he added.

As per the 1973 ordinance, the authorities of the leading university can make decision about their academic activities on their own.

According to media reports, four leading universities — Dhaka University, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Jahangirnagar University and Chittagong University — are unwilling to adopt the system.

Harun said that thousands of students and their guardians experience serious suffering during the entrance examinations at different universities.

Earlier on January 23, the UGC announced that it would start combined entrance examinations for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Bangladesh Bishwabidyalay Parishad, an association of vicechancellors of public universities, decided at a meeting on Tuesday that all public universities would have CEE this year. However, the VCs of the DU, BUET, and the JU did not attend the meeting.