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Dhaka University

National prof Salahuddin passes away

National prof Salahuddin passes away

National Professor and renowned historian Salahuddin Ahmed passed away yesterday at the age of 92. He was laid to eternal rest at Banani Graveyard with state honour after Maghrib prayers. Earlier, his namaz-e-janaza was held at Dhaka University's central mosque after Asar prayers. Prof Salahuddin, who was awarded the Ekushey Padak and had helped the...

5 DU admission seekers held for demo

5 DU admission seekers held for demo

Police today detained five admission seekers demonstrating for reinstating the provision to appear for Dhaka University entry tests twice. According to pre-announced schedule, the admission seekers tried to stage a demonstration at Teachers-Students Centre (TSC) intersection in Dhaka University this morning, reports our campus correspondent. Confirming the detention, Krishna Pada Roy, a sub-inspector of Shahbagh...

Admission Test

Students protest DU decision

Students protest DU decision

Over a hundred examinees, who took the Dhaka University admission test this year staged demonstration on the campus yesterday protesting the authorities' decision to discontinue the opportunity to sit twice for admission tests. In one and a half hour demonstration, the protesters urged the authorities not to implement the decision form next year, calling...

Students protest DU new admission decision

Students protest DU new admission decision

Several hundred students on Friday staged demonstration on the Dhaka University campus protesting the authorities’ decision not to allow students to sit for the DU admission test twice. Sources said several hundred students under the banner of general students held a rally at the TSC on the campus in the morning demanding cancellation of...

Editorial

Relaxing eligibility criteria of admission

THE English Department at Dhaka University has been compelled to relax its requirements for admission after the shockingly poor performance of applicants hoping to pursue higher education in English. Although this move was necessary to fill the required number of seats and to give aspiring students a chance to study in the esteemed institution, we are concerned that the 'solution' is a band-aid one, addressing only the symptoms rather than the cause of the problem. The admission tests and low...

No tribute for Piash at Shaheed Minar: DU

No tribute for Piash at Shaheed Minar: DU

Dhaka University authorities rejected the application to take Piash Karim’s body to Central Shaheed Minar on Friday for a citizen tribute. “We have rejected the application of Piash Karim’s family to hold a citizen tribute at the Shaheed Minar on Friday as another organisation was allowed earlier to hold its programme there on the same day and Saturday,” Amzad Ali, acting proctor of the university, told The Daily Star this evening. The university received an application from Piash’s family last night that sought permission to take his body at the Shaheed Minar, he said.    But Muktijoddha Sangsad Command, a cultural organisation has been given permission to hold its street plays and...

HONOURS ADMISSION TESTS

DU to allow only fresh HSC graduates

DU to allow only fresh HSC graduates

The Dhaka University authorities today decided to allow only the freshly passed HSC candidates to sit for admission tests from upcoming 2015-16 academic sessions. "Aspirants who fail to enroll at the university in their HSC passing year will not be eligible to apply at Dhaka University the following year," Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique, vice-chancellor...

Language movement hero Matin no more

Language movement hero Matin no more

His courage inspired others to stage an instant protest before the all-powerful politician of Pakistan. On March 24, 1948, Abdul Matin along with other students was present at the special convocation at Dhaka University to receive his degree. Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the governor general of Pakistan, was the convocation speaker. Jinnah in his speech announced that “Urdu and only Urdu shall be the state language of Pakistan”. This infuriated Matin. He was among those who stood up to protest in one voice: "No. No.” It was this protest that created the momentum for the Language Movement in the subsequent years. It also played a significant role in shaping up the then...

Editorial

So many fail in Bangla!

In what has come as a shock to most people, nearly 70 per cent of aspirants hoping to get admission to Dhaka University have failed to pass in Bangla, the mother tongue. This pathetic performance has forced university authorities to reconsider marks so that seats do not go vacant. The question here is whether giving grace marks will not amount to skirting the wider question of poor performance of students in Bangla. That the average student is not serious...

Bangla too difficult!

Students aspiring to enrol at Dhaka University have been persistently performing poorly in Bangla, let alone in English, as results of this year's admission tests give a glaring example of such performance. Around 69 percent of 40,565 students in 'Kha' unit have failed to get pass mark in Bangla. The failure rate in English in this unit under the Arts Faculty is 54 percent. The DU authorities hold a 120-mark admission test for 'Kha' and four other units. The question for...

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