UGC asks pvt varsities to suspend admission

Staff Correspondent

7 April, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked private universities to immediately suspend new admission process and online examinations in the wake of a countrywide shutdown over the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

The UGC also urged the highest educational institutions to assign students’ grades without holding semester finals exams.

The university regulatory body came up with the call on Monday through a press release signed by UGC Director Dr Shamsul Arefin.

Expressing deep concern over the activities, the UGC said that the commission observed some private universities evaluated their students through online exams and gave marks for their promotion to the next semester without test — it is unethical.

Besides, some private universities are also started admission activities to enroll new students at summer semester — it is unacceptable, it said.

The UGC also said they on March 24 instructed the universities to hold classes online to minimise losses of students during the shutdown, but it did not give any permission to conduct online exams, evaluation and admission activities.

The UGC has also urged the people involved with the higher education sector in the country to follow the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the government to fight the coronavirus crisis.