Beginning with the admission test of University of Dhaka on Friday, several other public universities are also scheduled to hold admission tests, subsequently in October.HS
This has come as a huge relief for the universities and admission seekers as the tests, supposed to be conducted a year ago, are finally knocking at the door.
All the university authorities couldn’t but had these admission exams postponed for the long closure of educational institutions, starting from March 17, 2020 due to Coronavirus outbreak.
However, schools and colleges reopened on September 12 and universities are preparing to do so. Subsequently, universities are ready to welcome freshers through the admission tests.
Abrar Arham Bin Harun, an examinee of the DU A units’ admission test who was a student of Jhangirnagar University College expressed his excitement to Bangladesh Post saying, “As a Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinee of 2020 I couldn’t take part in examination for the surge in Corona (auto pass). I thought I would have to face the same fate in the university admission test. But now I am happy that I am about to take part in an admission test.”
“My preparation has been interrupted for a couple of times as the schedules were changed several times,” he added.
The wait is finally over. Public universities have announced admission test schedules as the surge in corona transmission has declined to a satisfactory level after more than a year. In the meantime, Bangladesh University of Professionals and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University have already conducted the admission tests this month. But, the remaining admissions in other public universities are yet to be held, proposed in October and November.
For DU, according to the schedule, the admission test will be held on October 1 for the 'A' unit of the Faculty of Science, October 2 for the 'B' unit of the Arts Faculty, October 22 for the 'C' unit of the Faculty of Business Administration and October 23 for the 'D' unit of the Department of Social Sciences.
In all, a total of 3,24,340 students have applied for 7,148 seats in five units of the university. It is taking admission test in eight divisional cities outside the campus for the first time due to Corona pandemic.
DU authorities have said after a long wait this admission window is felt like a festival. They have been struggling to deal with the academic jam and admission of the new batch for the closure of the campus.
Professor A S M Amanullah, of the department of Sociology at DU welcomes the admission test as telling Bangladesh Post, “There has been uncertainty and now it is going to be over. We have a couple of batches still waiting to finish their year final examination. But as the admission test is here, the academic window will be wide open. We are hoping to fix all the irregularities in the next three months.”
On the other hand, for the first time in the country, 20 public universities are going hold admission tests in cluster system. This bunch of admission tests will start with the admission tests of ‘A’ unit on October 17, followed by the test of ‘B’ unit on October 24 and ‘C’ unit on November 1.
Pre-selection examination of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) will be held on October 20 and 21. The final examination of group 'A' and 'B' will be held on November 6 with the students selected from that examination.
Meanwhile, the integrated admission test of Chittagong, Khulna and Rajshahi universities of engineering and technology was scheduled to be held on August 12. But the tests could not be taken on that date due to surge in Corona. Along with ‘A’ and ‘B’ group exams, the ‘Free Hand Drawing’ exam is scheduled on November 13 of the above mentioned science and technology universities.
Admission tests in Chittagong University are scheduled on October 27 to 31 and Rajshahi University are scheduled on October 4 to 6.
The admission test of 10 units of Jahangirnagar University is planned to be held between November 7 and November 18. However, it has not been finalized yet.