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Dipu Moni suggests combined public university entrance exam

Most of the universities have already reached a consensus over the matter, says the Education Minister

Update : 02 Nov 2020, 12:51 AM

Education Minister Dipu Moni on Sunday asked the authorities of public universities to hold a combined examination for admissions.

Dr Moni made the call while addressing a virtual meeting on the university admission system.

The Education Ministry and University Grants Commission (UGC) have been trying to convince the universities to take combined admission tests with the aim of reducing the hassles for students and guardians.

Most of the universities have already reached a consensus over the matter, she said.

“If we can take combined intake tests, this would be a great gift for our admission seekers to mark the Mujib Borsho,” said the education minister.

Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury, University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Kazi Shahidullah, Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman, Jahangirnagar University VC Prof Farzana Islam, Rajshahi University VC Prof Abdus Sobhan, Bangladesh University of Engineering VC Satya Prasad Majumdar, were also present at the meeting.

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The university authorities agreed to sit with the UGC to take decisions over the matter after consulting their academic councils.

The initiative to craft a common admission exam for all public universities predates the Covid-19 pandemic.  On January 23, the UGC decided to introduce a uniform entry test in all public universities across the country from the academic year 2020-21.

However, Buet, DU, Chittagong University (CU), RU and JU decided to pass on the opportunity to join the integrated admission system.

On February 10, Dhaka University Central Student Union (Ducsu) suggested the university authorities not to join the combined admission test system.

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