UGC is going to sit with vice-chancellors of universities before taking a decision
The University Grants Commission (UGC) is set to take a decision on Saturday regarding the upcoming university admission test for the 2020-2021 academic year following the cancellation of HSC and equivalent examinations this year.
UGC is going to hold a meeting on Saturday with the Association of Universities of Bangladesh (AUB) to discuss the procedures of the admission tests before taking the final decision.
“Following the meeting, UGC will sit again with the vice chancellors of various universities to finalize how to accomplish the admission procedures including marks in the admission tests,” Prof Muhammed Alamgir, member of UGC, told Dhaka Tribune on Thursday after meeting with the VCs of the public universities on conducting online classes and problems that are faced.
At the meeting, the VCs of the universities discussed various proposals including admission of students to the universities on the basis of SSC, HSC, and equivalent examination results or online admission test or even not holding any admission examinations.
However, they did not come to an agreement on any of the proposals.
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In this context, a decision will be taken on the admission test at the public universities in the meeting with VC’s on Saturday.
Earlier, the UGC decided to use a cluster admission test system for the 2020-2021 academic year, but the top five public universities refused to accept the system.
The universities are - Dhaka University, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), Jahangirnagar University, Chittagong University, and Rajshahi University.
AUB President Prof Md Rafiqul Alam said all public universities agreed to take admission tests under the cluster system except some universities.
“But we expect that the rest of the universities will agree to participate in a uniform test,” he added.
However, at the meeting the UGC has called on the VCs to expedite the online education in the public universities and involve more students in the curriculum.
UGC will continue to provide free smartphones and free internet bandwidth to students, said UGC Secretary Ferdous Zaman.
The virtual meeting, chaired by UGC chairman Kazi Shahidullah, was attended by UGC members as well as VCs of various universities.
VCs unwilling to reopen universities
Considering the situation of the Covid-19 pandemic, the VCs of the universities have said that it would not be suitable to re-open the universities now.
They also said opening the dormitories would be a suicidal decision. They cited examples of coronavirus transmission after the opening of many universities in the world.