Public university admission tests will be held



Vice-chancellors of public universities have decided in principle that admission tests for enrolling first year students will be held across the country.

The VCs, after attending a virtual meeting of Bangladesh Bishwabidyalaya Parishad, an association of public university vice-chancellors, however said that the date and method of exams will be announced later.

“We have decided that admission test to enroll students at universities will take place. But it was not decided how the tests will be conducted, whether it will be in-person or online,” Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) VC Prof Mohammad Rafiqul Alam told The Daily Star.

Chittagong University VC Shirin Akhter and CUET VC Rafiqul Alam both said that the Bangladesh Bishwabidyalaya Parishad will sit in another meeting soon to discuss about method of admission.

Confusion about the admission test emerged after the government decided to award grades to candidates of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent exams without holding the public exams amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead of the HSC and equivalent exams, candidates’ evaluation would be based on their results in the Junior School Certificate, Secondary School Certificate and equivalent tests.

HSC and equivalent exams were cancelled out of fear that they would increase risk of coronavirus transmission. More than 13.65 lakh students were expected to sit for the exams.

The government postponed the exams following the closure of all educational institutions on March 17. The institutions are scheduled to remain closed until October 30.

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