*One lakh GPA-5 scorers won’t get chance at public varsities, medical colleges
*1,367,377 aspirants against 1,320,000 seats*No seat for 47,377 candidates
A large number of students with brilliant results in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations will get no chance to be admitted to their first-choice public universities and medical colleges due to a shortage of seats.
The aspirants are waiting for a tough competition for enrolment at these public institutions that include Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka University (DU), Rajshahi University (RU), Jahangirnagar University (JU), Chittagong University (CU) and Jagannath University (JnU).
According to the results of the alternative evaluation of the candidates for HSC and equivalent examinations that were published on Saturday, all 1,367,377 students came out successful as the government could not hold the exams due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Of the successful students, a total of 161,807 achieved GPA-5 which is 11.83 per cent of the total. But the number of GPA-5 achievers was only 47,286 in 2019 and 29,262 in 2018.
Usually, the first choice of the GPA-5 scorers will be public universities, and public medical and dental colleges. But the number of seats at the 39 public universities and 36 public medical and dental colleges across the country is only 64,350.Besides, some students who passed the HSC and equivalent examinations last year will also vie for the enrolment. Except DU, all the public universities will allow students to give admissions test for the second time.
So, at least 97,457 GPA-5 achievers cannot get scope to enrol in their first-choice top educational institutions this year for lack of enough seats.
The reputed public universities can enrol only a small number of admission-seekers and it is seen that 40-50 admission-seekers vie for a single seat.
“I’m worried about my university admissions because the number of GPA-5 achievers is over three times higher than previous year while all students passed this time,” Fatema Akhtar who passed the HSC examination from Comilla Women’s College told the Daily Sun expressing her frustration.
She urged the government to increase the number of seats at the public universities.
Among the public universities, DU has 7,514 seats for Honours first year while there are 4,169 seats in RU, 3,000 in Bangladesh Agricultural University, 1,060 in Buet, 8,500 in CU, 1,889 in JU, 2,500 in Islamic University, 1,703 in Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, 1,204 in Khulna University, 2,765 in JnU, 1,135 in Cumilla University, 1,060 in Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, 1,315 in Begum Rokeya University, 815 in Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, 3,025 in Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, 1,425 in Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, 890 in Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology, 1,231 in Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology, 686 in Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology, 1,833 in Noakhali Science and Technology University, 910 in Jashore University of Science and Technology, 942 in Pabna Science and Technology University, 2,290 in Bangladesh University of Professionals, 2,750 in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University in Gopalganj, 600 in Bangladesh University of Textiles and 1,460 in Barishal University.
The authorities have no plan to increase the number of seats.
According to the University Grants Commission (UGC), there are 1,320,000 seats for Honours first year, degree (Pass) and equivalent courses in the country.
Of the seats, around 60,000 are in 39 public universities, 203,675 in 95 private universities, 872,815 in colleges affiliated with the National University, 60,000 under Islamic Arabic University, 77,756 in Open University, 440 in two international universities, 10,690 in public and private medical and dental colleges, 23,330 in seven colleges affiliated with Dhaka University, 720 in four engineering colleges, 720 in six textile colleges, 5,600 in government and private nursing and midwifery institutions, 654 in 14 marine and aeronautical colleges, 3,500 in few institutions affiliated with Dhaka University and Rajshahi University and there are 290 seats in institutions affiliated with Chittagong University.
So, a total of 47,377 students who passed the HSC and equivalent exams will not get the scope of getting admitted anywhere.
Meanwhile, UGC Member Dr Mohammad Alamgir told the Daily Sun that all the students will get the scope of higher education as there is no crisis of seats.
He, however, admitted that there will be a tough competition among the students to get desired university or subject this year.
Students, who are economically solvent, will be able to choose noted private universities as an alternative but poor students will be compelled to get enrolled in colleges if they fail to ensure admissions at the public universities.
About the admissions, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni on Saturday said the opportunities of higher education will be available like previous years. “It’s not sure that all GPA-5 achievers will get admissions in reputed universities. The students will have to create their own place at the universities through admissions test and their merit,” she said.