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12:00 AM, October 16, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:33 AM, October 16, 2020

University Admission: Decision soon on whether to hold any tests

VCs to meet tomorrow

Vice-chancellors of all public universities will hold further discussions on whether this year's HSC exam results will be given no or less weight in the university admission process.

VCs will hold the discussion at the meeting of Bangladesh Bishwabidyalaya Parishad, an association of public university vice-chancellors, on October 17.

It will also hold a discussion on whether any admission tests for public universities will be held this year.

"There will be a discussion on admission exams -- how it will be held, whether it will be in-person or online -- at the meeting on Saturday," a vice-chancellor of a university in the capital said after attending a virtual meeting between the University Grants Commission and vice chancellors of public universities yesterday.

He also said that the topic of whether this year's HSC exam results will be given any weight in the university admission tests was discussed in the meeting and it was proposed that further discussions will be held at the meeting.

At the meeting, some VCs said that it would be up to each university to decide how they would arrange the admission tests.

UGC member Muhammed Alamgir said it was decided that VCs will discuss the first-year admission test process at the Bishwabidyalaya Parishad meeting.

"They will discuss a range of issues, including the use of HSC exam GPAs in the university admission tests… and after that we will analyse the matter," Alamgir said.

Debate about the weightage of HSC GPAs in the university admission process for the upcoming academic session emerged after the government decided to award grades to candidates of HSC and equivalent exams without holding the public exams amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead of the exams, candidates' evaluation would be based on their results in the Junior School Certificate, Secondary School Certificate and equivalent tests.

HSC and equivalent exams were cancelled out of fear that they would increase risk of coronavirus transmission. More than 13.65 lakh students were expected to sit for the exams.

The government postponed the exams following the closure of all educational institutions on March 17. They are to stay closed until at least October 30.

Usually, universities took the GPA of SSC and HSC exams into account, alongside admission tests, while holding the entry exams at public universities.

Alamgir said that at yesterday's meeting they also urged all public universities to strengthen their online education process and take steps so that students can continue their education  in that manner.

He said UGC informed the VCs that they are keeping contact with the government, seeking grants or soft loans for students who would need to buy digital devices to attend online classes.

UGC in a statement after the meeting said that Bangladesh Bishwabidyalaya Parishad, from its meeting on October 17, will made a decision in principle regarding the admission tests.

"But UGC wants that no question arises regarding the tests," the statement said.

UGC Chairman Prof Kazi Shahidullah at the meeting said that the nation wants a specific guideline from the VCs regarding the admission tests.

UGC said that it would not be wise to reopen the universities amid the pandemic as many VCs opined that it would be a suicidal decision.


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