The administration of Begum Rokeya University in Rangpur has announced that students will only have 10 to 12 to get Honours admission for the 2017-18 academic year.
This move has raised eyebrows and caused intense dissatisfaction among the students and the guardians.
Many claimed that this unusually short timeframe would prevent many eligible students from getting admission into the university.
According to university sources, the admission tests were held from November 26 to 30 this year, and results were published on December 7.
First phase of admissions based on merit has been completed.
The university set January 2 for interview of the students eligible for the second phase of admissions based on merit, and the results will be published at 10pm.
Students who passed the interview will have the opportunity to get admission into the university on January 3. However, the time-frame for admission is 10am to 2pm, and only for that day.
Students and guardians have only a single question, how is it possible for the eligible students to get admission into a university within this short period?
A number of students and parents, on condition of anonymity said: “Many students got admission in other universities but they might cancel their admission and apply at Begum Rokeya University because of not getting preferred department.
“A student will need at least three to seven days to cancel their admission in another university, get necessary papers, and get admission in the Begum Rokeya University. It is near to impossible to perform these actions within a 12-hour window.”
On the other hand, many students belong to lower income groups, and it will be difficult for them to get the funds necessary for paying the admission fee and other charges.
This decision, taken by the university administration, could result in many students not being able to get admission despite succeeding in the tests. A number of students and teachers have complained that the administration’s decision lack foresight and consideration.
Addressing the issue, Dean of the Faculty of Arts Professor Dr Parimal Chandra Barman told the Dhaka Tribune on Monday: “The admission procedures are being held in this manner for years.
“The decision was taken by the admission committee, and the deadline can be extended if needed next year.”
Vice Chancellor of Begum Rokeya University and also the admission committee convener, Prof Dr Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah could not be reached for comments on the matter.