University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan told UNB that President Abdul Hamid, also the chancellor of all universities, will meet separately with vice chancellors of public and private universities.
“The president has told me he will convene meetings with the vice-chancellors to discuss how to hold the unified admission test. The President has already directed the Education Ministry in this regard,” Prof Mannan said.
The meetings will be held at the convenience of the President, most likely in December or in January 2017.
The announcement followed a prior suggestion made by the president for centralised and regional public university entrance exams at a UGC programme on November 2.
The president said: “It is our moral duty to create a scope for students who are interested in pursuing higher studies.”
He continued that those seeking admission, especially aspiring science and technology students, often had to travel long distances to different cities to sit for their admission exams.
“This creates numerous problems for students and their guardians regarding accommodation, food and transport, not to mention that many are strained financially,” the president added.
Currently, there are 37 public universities in the country, which are spread out across 19 cities or districts. Nine universities are situated in Dhaka, four each in Chittagong and Gazipur, two each in Mymensingh, Khulna and Rajshahi and one each in Gopalganj, Barisal, Rangpur, Comilla, Dinajpur, Kushtia, Jessore, Tangail, Noakhali, Patuakhali and Rangamati.
Currently, medical admission tests in both public and private universities are the only ones held centrally.