Combined entry test for public univs postponed
Twenty general and science and technology universities have postponed holding of uniform admission tests due to Covid-19.
The authorities of the universities made the decision in a virtual meeting yesterday afternoon.
After the meeting, vice-chancellors of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology Prof Farid Uddin Ahmed and Barishal University Prof Sadequl Arefin confirmed the postponement of the admission tests, which were scheduled for June 19, 26 and July 3.
"We will announce the fresh dates for the admission tests observing the Covid-19 situation," said Prof Farid Uddin.
He said primary application process of 20 general, science and technical universities will continue till 11:59pm on June 25.
Earlier, the primary application process began on April 1 and was supposed to continue till April 15. Later, the time was extended for 10 more days after the lockdown ended.
The 20 universities include Jagannath University, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Khulna University, Begum Rokeya University, Islamic University, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, Noakhali Science and Technology University, Cumilla University, Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, Jashore University of Science and Technology, Pabna University of Science and Technology, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University, Barishal University, Rangamati Science and Technology University, Rabindra University, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Digital University, Sheikh Hasina University, and Bangamata Sheikh Fojilatunnesa Mujib Science and Technology University.
On December 1 last year, the 20 public universities finalised that they will enroll students through a centralised admission test for the next academic session to reduce hassles of the admission seekers.
Earlier, the University Grants Commission announced that it would go for a uniform admission test for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Five leading universities -- Dhaka University, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), Rajshahi University, Jahangirnagar University and Chittagong University -- have not taken part in the new system.
Tight competition awaits admission seekers of public universities this year. A record-setting number of students got GPA 5 in the HSC examinations, thanks to the lack of actual exams and the results being reflections of each student's grades in public exams held before.
Last year, for the first time in history, everyone who registered for the HSC cleared the tests as they were not arranged at all due to the pandemic.
Over 1,53,610 students have been awarded GPA-5 under nine general education boards. The number was 41,807 in 2019.
All boards combined, 13,67,377 students -- 7,06,885 boys and 6,60,492 girls -- who registered for the 2020 HSC-level exams from 9,063 institutions have passed the exams.