4 engineering varsities divided over uniform admission test

Staff Correspondent

31 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Four public engineering universities decided to hold uniform admission test but differences in opinion surfaced over forming admission committee and exam centre.

University Grants Commission (UGC) in a statement said that the four engineering universities are yet to take the final decision on cluster admission test.

“There is difference of opinion on formation of admission test committee and exam centres,” said the university regulatory body.

UGC came up with the information after holding a virtual meeting led by its chairman Prof Kazi Shahidullah with the top officials of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Chattogram University of Engineering and Technology (CUET), Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) and Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET).

The top officials of universities at the meeting said that academic council of their respective universities agreed on joining the uniform admission test titled “Central Admission Test”.

UGC sources said authorities of BUET proposed they will be chairman of the admission committee always and centre of the admission exam will be only on their campus.

But the authorities of three other universities differed with the BUET proposal, saying that chairmanship of admission committee should be by rotation and test centres should be at all four universities.

UGC Member Muhammed Alamgir, who moderated the virtual meeting, said that there is difference of opinion among the four universities.

He also said: “We have asked three universities other than BUET to give clear opinion to the commission so that there can be concrete decision regarding formation of the cluster.”

BUET earlier expressed reservations about joining centralised admission test but in a letter to UGC in late November it has shown interest to join the cluster of engineering universities for the entry test.

Most of the public universities agreed to hold a uniform admission test in several clusters in the 2020-2021 academic year to cut suffering of the admission seekers.