The University Grants Commission today allowed public universities to hold exams online, keeping in mind that it would benefit students and also reduce session jams.
"We have taken the decision to allow public universities to hold their exams online, maintaining quality and international standards," UGC Chairman Professor Kazi Shahidullah told The Daily Star after holding a meeting with vice chancellors of all public universities to discuss the process of holding online exams.
The universities will be able to take exams online after consulting with their academic councils or other bodies concerned, he added.
UGC Chairman Kazi Shahidullah and Shahjalal University of Science and Technology VC Professor Farid Uddin Ahmed said all the universities agreed to hold exams online.
Education Ministry formed the committee to prepare a draft guideline on how to take exams online. The committee presented their guideline at the meeting.
One of the committee members and UGC member Prof Muhammed Alamgir said they would send the recommendations to the Education Ministry soon.
Public universities have been holding online classes as they could not take in-person classes since March 17 last year when the government closed all educational institutions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The closure has been extended till May 23 this year in phases.
According to UGC statistics, there are 49 public universities in the country. About 3 lakh students are studying at these universities sans National University, Islamic University and Bangladesh Open University.