We are heartened to know that 19 public universities have decided to hold admission test under cluster system from the upcoming 2020-2021 academic session. It is undoubtedly a praiseworthy decision as the new system is likely to reduce, to a great extent, the hassles of the admission seekers and their guardians. Both of them had to travel from one city to another for appearing at the tests. At that time, they used to face innumerable hassles regarding accommodation, food and transport. In the old system, many students who intended to get admission in universities even went back to their homes after being sick without appearing in the exams. The hassles were much greater especially for girl students than boys. During political unrest or any natural or manmade calamity, the situation worsened further as the universities used to be compelled to reschedule their exam dates. Apart from this, a large number of guardians could not even afford to send their sons and daughters to different universities, scattered all over the country, to take part in the tests.
President Abdul Hamid, also the chancellor of all universities, first detected the sufferings of the students and their guardians. In a bid to find out a solution, he held meetings with the vice-chancellors of public and private universities as well as with officials of the Ministry of Education at different times. He advised all to hold a unified admission test to lessen the sufferings of the students and their guardians. Finally, the decision of holding admission test under cluster system was officially approved at a meeting held between the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the vice-chancellors of the 19 universities on Tuesday. Intending students will sit for an in-person single test to get enrolled at any of the universities and the questions will be prepared based on the syllabuses of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC). We believe, through the new system, the best of our HSC students will be identified and at the same time it will give them and their guardians less hassle than what they went through earlier.That said, we hope all the public and private universities of the country will gradually come forward to enroll students through cluster or uniform system admission test.