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Strike piles misery on admission seekers

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 6 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Strike piles misery on admission seekers

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The honours 1st year entry test of ‘Commerce’ unit of seven colleges affiliated to Dhaka University (DU) was held on Friday amid countrywide transport strike.

The admission test under 2020-21 academic session was held from 10 am to 11 am at seven centres in the capital.

A total of 24,071 candidates vied for 5,310 seats of the unit. Many of the participants said that they struggled a lot to reach examination center.

They also said they had to wait a long time to get a transport in the morning as there was no bus. Admission seekers had to go to the center by rented motorbike, battery-run auto rickshaw and rickshaw. Many could not reach on time even after spending more fare.

DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman along with other top officials of DU and seven colleges visited examination center at Dhaka College in the morning.

While admission seekers expressed displeasure over the decision of the authorities to continue the examination knowing that there would be a problem for admission seekers, DU VC said that the strike ‘did not have much effect’ on attendance of the students despite their sufferings.

Praising their ‘strength and courage’, Prof Akhtaruzzaman said, “I have realised today that our students have the strength and courage to overcome obstacles in achieving the target.”

Meanwhile, a group of admission seekers blocked the Dhaka-Aricha highway and staged demonstration against the transport strike called by transport owners and workers as they failed to get transport to reach admission test center. Candidates of recruitment test for the post of senior officer in seven state-owned banks also joined the sudden agitation programme.