The University Grants Commission is going to sit with the vice-chancellors of various universities on October 15
Shortly after the government’s decision to cancel the Annual Higher Certificate (HSC) and equivalent tests due to the Covid-19 epidemic, the relevant authorities are now facing a number of challenges in terms of university admissions. The HSC results will be published in December and the university admission process will begin in January next year, according to Education Minister Dipu Moni.
The result will be assessed based on the Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Secondary School Certificate (SSC) results and their average, he said on October 7. The Department of Education has, however, set up a committee to monitor the results.
Meanwhile, those seeking to access social media have urged the authorities that university admission tests be conducted without calculating the HGC and SSC CGPA. Under these circumstances, the University Grants Commission (UGC), which is the executive council of higher education, will sit with the vice-chancellors of various universities on October 15 to discuss how the admission procedures can be implemented.
Although the commission has called for a meeting to review and discuss online classes and their university problems, they will also discuss student admission procedures to reduce congestion, officials said. In February, the UGC decided to implement a system of screening for the introduction of the collection in the 2020-21 academic year, even after the top five public universities refused to accept the program.
The universities are – Dhaka University, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Jahangirnagar University, Chittagong University, and Rajshahi University. Earlier, the UGC took successful group tests at all agricultural universities on November 30, 2019.
UGC member Prof Muhammed Alamgir said the universities would decide on examination methods – group or alternative – after the HSC result in December. The commission, however, would prefer to use cluster testing procedures, he said. According to the UGC, there will be six full-time examinations – three science, human and commercial groups in general universities, one each university in engineering, science and technology, and agriculture.
Asked about the agenda for the meeting on October 15, Professor Alamgir said they might discuss that if a university wants to hold tests based on the MCQ [multiple choice questions], they should give the opportunity to as many as possible to be accepted. Besides, if they want to do written tests, they can choose those who want to be tested according to their qualifications, he said.
However, engineering-based universities will be prioritizing the marks obtained mainly in basic science-related subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Maths, and English. BUET Teachers’ Union president Dr. AKM Masud said they would make a final decision on the admissions test after publishing the HSC results.
UGC member Professor Dil Afroza Begum said universities would have to hold physical entrance exams instead of online entrance exams, otherwise, it would not be acceptable. Asked how the process would be handled in the midst of such a pandemic, he said the three admission tests would be conducted by academics with experience in three subjects – humanities, science, and business studies – on different days.
UGC chairman Professor Kazi Shahidullah said they would make the final decision after consultation with the universities. 64,000 seats in public universities. The government’s decision to abolish HSC and equivalent exams paved the way for 1,365,689 students to pass the exams.
And, at the same time, it has raised the issue of whether large numbers of students will be able to enroll in universities. According to a recent UGC report, there are more than 2.1 million vacancies in all public and engineering universities, private universities, colleges under the National University, medical colleges and technical institutions.
However, students have to contend with intense competition to secure a place at public universities and engineering colleges, and medical colleges, where there are only about 64,000 seats.