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Public universities decide to have admission tests amid pandemic

  • Published at 07:05 pm October 17th, 2020
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File photo:The admission test for the first year honours courses under the Ka-unit of Dhaka University (DU) for 2018-2019 academic year held on Friday; September 28, 2018 Focus Bangla

The VCs will discuss with the UGC and Education Ministry soon on how the test will take place

The Association of Universities of Bangladesh (AUB) has initially decided to hold university admission tests for the academic year 2020-21 amid the Covid-19 pandemic following the cancellation of HSC and equivalent examinations this year.

The decision was taken at a meeting of AUB, the organization of vice-chancellors (VC), at a virtual meeting on Saturday, AUB President and Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) VC Prof Md Rafiqul Alam told Dhaka Tribune.

At the meeting, the VCs of all public universities discussed the possibility of holding the admission tests online.

However, no final decision was taken on how the examinations would be taken or when they would take place. The final decision in this regard will be taken after a meeting of the AUB with the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Ministry of Education.

“We will soon sit with the UGC and the Ministry of Education to take a final decision in this regard,” said Prof Harun-or Rashid, VC of National University.

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Meanwhile, Dhaka University (DU) is preparing to conduct admission tests on its own.

DU VC Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman told Dhaka Tribune that the university would decide on its own admission test procedure after discussing the matter with the academic council.

Earlier, the UGC decided to use a cluster admission test system for the 2020-2021 academic year, but the top five public universities declined to accept the system.

The universities are  Dhaka University, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), Jahangirnagar University, Chittagong University and Rajshahi University.

Software for online tests

At the meeting, the VCs also discussed using a software developed by a team led by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Digital University (BDU) VC Prof Munaz Ahmed Noor to have examinations conducted online. 

The VCs showed interest in the software and asked the authorities to scrutinize the feasibility of conducting admission tests by using this software online. 

The software will be presented to the representatives of the UGC and Ministry of Education.

Prof Munaz Ahmed Noor said: “A software has been developed to keep online exams valid and transparent. A student can sit for an exam offline but in the first and last ten minutes he must stay online for verification. During the rest of the exam time, the student’s device will take pictures that will be connected to the main server.” 

“By using the software, a student can participate online or offline at an admission test from remote areas. In this case, the students must have a smartphone,” he added.

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