Public university campuses came to life on Friday morning with the presence of hundreds of admissions applicants as the University of Dhaka (DU) began hosting admission tests for the 2021-22 academic year.
Classes and in-person exams at public and private universities across the country have been closed for a long time, but thanks to the admission test of the DU ‘Ka’ unit – the scientific group organized yesterday, the DU and seven others public universities in various divisional cities have become vibrant.
The DU admission test was held simultaneously at Chattogram University (CU), Rajshahi University (RU), Khulna University (KU), Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) in Mymensingh , Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) in Sylhet, Barisal University, and Begum Rokeya University in Rangpur.
Besides the applicants for admission, many university students came to their campus with great enthusiasm and met their friends and professors.
The candidates for admission were happy to have been able to take the test as they had been waiting for it for almost a year and a half.
“I dream of studying at Dhaka University. After completing all the preparations to take the admission test, I have been waiting for a long time for the government decision to hold in-person exams. Now I feel good and relaxed, ”Imam Hossain Sohan said. , a candidate who graduated from Motijheel Ideal School and College, told The Business Standard.
“We have been going through uncertainty since the start of the pandemic in the country. I was ready to take the Higher Secondary Certificate exams, but I got the result based on the Junior School Certificate and Secondary School Certificate exams. I also had to wait for the admission test. I thank the authorities of Dhaka University for arranging the admission test before reopening the university, “said Sumaiya Jahan, another admissions applicant.
Meanwhile, AU officials claimed Friday’s admission test went smoothly across the country.
AU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Akhtaruzzaman told TBS their goal is to run the admission test hassle-free and in a peaceful manner. “I am happy today because the admission test was able to be organized, reducing the hassle of time and money for the students and their tutors.”
DU sources said 117,957 midshipmen participated in the admission test for 1,815 seats under the “Ka” unit. Of these, the highest number of 1,64,606 students attended the test in Dhaka while the lowest 7,091 attended Sylhet.
On average, 65 students competed for a place on the exam, which started at 11 a.m. and ended at 12:30 p.m.
No issue of issue leakage or forgery
The admission test went without any incident of question paper leakage or admission forgery, as authorities were very vigilant to prevent such an attempt on the DU and other campuses.
“We took full preparation to check for any kind of irregularities during the admission test,” Akhtaruzzaman said.
SUST Vice-Chancellor Professor Farid Uddin Ahmed told TBS their supervisors were vigilant and that is why no incidents of irregularity were reported at the Sylhet centers.
Up to 77% of aspirants participated in the test in Sylhet, he said.
UK Vice Chancellor Professor Golam Shabbir Sattar said he visited the examination centers and found no abnormal atmosphere.
“We have a reputation for holding admission tests every year. The Dhaka University admission test went smoothly and will also run fairly and peacefully in the coming days,” a- he added.
The health instructions have been strictly observed
The sanitary guidelines issued by the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health were correctly followed. Admission seekers washed their hands before entering exam centers, and each candidate sat on a bench maintaining social distancing. Everyone wore masks and followed other rules.
“We did not allow any students in the centers without a mask. Even we provided masks to the candidates,” said Professor Lutful Hassan, vice-chancellor of the BAU.
Unit test ‘Kha’ today
The admission test for the “Kha” unit (humanities group) will take place today with 47,632 candidates for admission vying for 2,378 seats. This means that 20 students will compete for a place.
The 90 minute exam will start at 11:00 a.m. The total score for the test is 120 with 60 points for the multiple choice questions and 40 for the written test. The remaining 20 points will be calculated based on the SSC and HSC results of the applicants.
The exam for Unit “Cha” will take place on October 9, Unit “Ga” (Commerce Group) on October 22, and Unit “Gha” on October 23.
Admission tests will be administered in four phases. For Engineering, Agricultural and General Universities, the testing will be conducted in three phases, while BUET, Dhaka, Jahangirnagar, Rajshahi and Chattogram Universities will organize the testing separately.
There are now 60,000 places at 39 public universities across the country.