The University Grant Commission (UGC) on Thursday decided to introduce a unified entry test in all public universities in the country from the next academic year.
The UGC is going to take the initiative to cut the sufferings of students and reduce the cost of their admission process. The decision came out at a view exchange meeting between the Vice-Chancellors of public universities and UGC with the commission chairman Professor Dr Kazi Shahidullah in the chair.UGC member Prof Dil Afroza Begum presented a concept paper on the unified admission test at the meeting.
UGC chairman Prof Shahidullah said “President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the VCs of all public universities to introduce a unified admission system at the universities. The VCs of the universities agreed finally.”
“If we can introduce the unified admission test at the higher educational institutes, the country and the nation will greet us,” he said.
According to the proposed system, all the students who passed their Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations will be eligible to admit in public universities appearing in a single admission test.
Earlier, in 2010, the education ministry decided in principle to introduce a uniform admission procedure for the country’s public universities to cut down the exam-holding costs, reduce burden on students and check the influence of coaching centres.
But the single entry system could not be implemented due to opposition from a few reputed universities.