Buet introduces preliminary tests for admission
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) has decided to hold a preliminary entrance test for the 2020-21 honours academic session. This will be held before aspirants sit for the final admission test.
Compared to last year, the introduction of the preliminary exam will pave they way for almost double the students to sit for the test this year.
According to a press release by the university authorities, admission seekers will be required to sit for preliminary selection exams, from which candidates will be selected for the final exam, scheduled to be held on June 10.
The preliminary test will be held over four shifts across two days.
The country's most coveted destination for engineering and technology education took the unusual decision as the Higher Secondary Certificate exam was not held this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
According to university sources, 12,000 examinees sat for last year's admission tests, in line with the universities strict requirements for SSC and HSC exam results. But after the new decision, almost 24,000 students will get a chance to sit for the preliminary test.
Talking to The Daily Star, Prof Dr Khandaker Shabbir Ahmed, chairperson of Buet's admission test committee and also dean of architecture and planning department, said, "As the HSC exam was not held this year, students will be given the opportunity to participate in our admission tests on the basis of their SSC exam results."
"Since a lot of students scored a GPA 5 in SSC, this means more students will get the chance to appear for the admission tests than before. We have therefore decided to introduce the preliminary testing system," Prof Shabbir said.
"From the preliminary tests, 6,000 top students will be allowed to participate in the final admission test," he explained.
On Saturday, the university authorities also decided to extend the deadline of the application process due to the lockdown situation. Originally marked for this Saturday, the deadline is now set for 3pm of May 3.
Schedule for the test will remain unchanged unless the ongoing lockdown is extended, Vice Chancellor Prof Satya Prasad Majumder told The Daily Star.
Additionally, seating arrangement for the tests will follow health guidelines, with each student being allocated one bench.
The eligibility list for the preliminary admission test, scheduled to be held on May 31 and June 1, will be published on May 5. The eligibility list for the final exam will be released on June 5.
The list of selected candidates and the waiting list will be published on July 1.