The admission procedure was supposed to start from Wednesday
The application process for admission for the 2019-20 undergraduate academic session of Begum Rokeya University (BRU) has been postponed, following an altercation between admission committee members.
The altercation occurred when a faction of teachers in the committee wanted Onno Rokom Software Ltd, a private software organization to coordinate the admission procedures online, instead of Teletalk.
The procedure was supposed to start from Wednesday. However, the altercation, which took place on Tuesday, resulted in the delay of the admission process, leaving thousands of admission seekers in distress.
The argument began on Tuesday during the admission committee meeting, presided over by the Vice-Chancellor Dr Najmul Ahsan Kalimullah.
At one point in the meeting, when the subject of online application process came up, the committee became divided into two factions.
One faction of teachers wanted the task of coordinating the admission procedure be given to Teletalk, a state run mobile operator, but another faction – supported by the vice-chancellor – wanted private software company Onno Rokom Software Ltd to undertake the task.
When the situation started to become tense, the vice-chancellor postponed the meeting and left the room, according to sources.
Meanwhile, seeking anonymity, a few members of the admission committee said like many other universities, Begum Rokeya University's admission procedures are also coordinated by Teletalk every year.
They claimed a syndicate was attempting to embezzle money by handing over the task to a private company.
When contacted, Vice-Chancellor Dr Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah said: ''There was no altercation. We will have a meeting on September 26 again to take a final decision about the application process.''