Dhaka, Bangladesh
Uniform admission system

Uniform admission system

The government should introduce uniform admission system for all public universities in view of sufferings of thousands admission seekers and their parents. Over two lakh students who have passed HSC examinations have to travel different parts of the country for admission tests. This put increased burden on the students and their parents. Medical colleges of the country have introduced uniform admission system. Agriculture universities have introduced uniform admission system from this year Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid in recent times asked the authorities concerned, including the vice-chancellors, of public universities to adopt a cluster-wise easy admission system to mitigate the sufferings of admission-seekers. “A cluster-wise easy admission test system at universities could help reduce the sufferings of admission-seekers as well as their guardians,” the president told a views-exchange meeting with the vice-chancellors of the public universities at Bangabhaban in recent times. He also directed the authorities concerned of all public universities to introduce a time-befitting curriculum and syllabus to ensure world-standard quality education at the universities. Describing teachers as the prime architect of building students as world-worthy citizens, the President underscored the need for ensuring quality research alongside the traditional education system. He also urged the vice-chancellors to ensure transparency and accountability in appointing teachers, officers and employees in universities with proper evaluation of their merit. Hamid also asked the vice-chancellors to consider the demand of the time while opening any new department in their universities. Referring to the teacher-student relations, he called upon all vice-chancellors to reduce the gap between the teachers and students and also maintain utmost morality of teachers at all aspects. The President was apprised by the vice-chancellors of the overall activities of their universities, including recent infrastructural development, academic activities, different problems and future plan. Meanwhile, Education Minister Dipu Moni in recent times hoped that all public universities would introduce a uniform admission test system by next year. Seven public agricultural universities are going to introduce the uniform admission test this year. And the test will be held on November 30, she informed the parliament. “Work on implementation of the uniform admission system is continuing. It is hoped that all public universities will introduce the system by 2020,” the minister said while replying to a starred question of BNP MP Harunur Rashid. The government has been trying to introduce a uniform admission test for public universities since last nine years, to ease the hassle of admission seekers and their guardians. The education ministry in 2010 decided in principle to introduce the cluster system to relieve admission seekers from hassles and the pressure they face while preparing for separate tests for separate universities. Officials said that Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Sylhet Agricultural University, Khulna Agricultural University, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University and Patuakhali Science and Technology University would introduce the cluster admission system this year. Under the system, admission seekers would be enrolled at public universities based on the merit list prepared from one single test. For example, students would take one test for a place in any of the science and technology universities and another test for a place in any of the agriculture universities. That would relieve admission seekers from the wasted time, costs and travels required to take separate admission tests for different public universities. At present, only medical colleges have a uniform entrance test. There are 45 public universities in the country. The other 38 public universities will hold separate admission tests like in the past, said officials of the education ministry and the University Grants Commission (UGC). President Abdul Hamid, also chancellor of all public universities, in February last year asked all universities to form a uniform admission system. But the decision has not yet been implemented fully. Education ministry officials said that some public universities have been opposing the idea of the “cluster system” from the beginning, as its implementation would cut the income of the universities as well as teachers from the sale of admission forms and from invigilation and checking answer scripts. Masroor Mawla and Farhana Rahman Dhanmondi, Dhaka

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