Admission test for MBBS course in the country's government and private medical colleges for the academic year 2020-21 will be held on April 2.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque came up with the statement while speaking at a meeting at the ministry conference room on Wednesday.“Now coronavirus infection cases have been increasing in the country. On the other hand, if the admission test of MBBS admission seekers is not held, their future academic life may be pushed into uncertainty. Considering these aspects, the admission tests in country’s medical colleges will be held on April 2 maintaining proper health guidelines,” he said.
The government’s all units concerned including police administration, intelligence unit, education department, and electricity department will work together for holding the test transparently following proper health guidelines, the minister said.
The number of examinees of the MBBS admission test has doubled this year. The number of examinees was 72 lakh last year while the number this year is 1, 22,874. The test will be held at 55 venues of 19 centres, he said.
Special surveillance will be arranged to maintain the health guidelines of guardians who will remain waiting outside the admission test centres. The photocopier machines, coaching centres will remain closed and others activities outside the centres will remain under surveillance, the ministers said.
Examinees will sit three-feet away from each other. They have to wear face mask. Sanitizers will be kept at the examination centres, he said.
Monitoring cell will be set up there. Magistrates will monitor everything at the examination centres, he also said.However, the health minister reassured that question papers will not be leaked this year.
Chaired by medical education division secretary Md Ali Noor, the meeting was attended among others by Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) president Dr Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin, medical education directorate director general Prof Dr AHM Enayet Hussain and representatives from electricity department, home ministry, police force and intelligence unit.
Health ministry sources said the number of seats in 47 government medical colleges of the country is 4,350 this year. Another 8,340 students will get admitted in 70 private medical colleges.
Meanwhile, the High Court on Wednesday cleared the way of holding the MBBS admission test on the scheduled date as the court rejected a writ petition that sought its directive on the authorities concerned to defer the date of holding the admission test scheduled for April 2 due to surge in Covid-19.
The health ministry sources said the admission test for BDS courses of dental colleges and units is also scheduled to be held on April 30.