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Seven agri varsities to hold uniform entry test this year
Students seeking admission in subjects not common among institutions must sit for separate tests
Harun Ur Rashid, Dhaka

Seven agri varsities to hold uniform entry test this year

Seven agricultural universities are going to hold a uniform admission test on similar subjects at the end of this year. This would enable around 40,000 students to sit for the uniform admission test, sources said. The seven universities are Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU), Sylhet Agricultural University, Khulna Agricultural University, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, and Patuakhali Science and Technology University.

However, the students who want to take admission in other subjects in these universities will have to sit for separate tests, sources said. As a result, the uniform admission test is going to be implemented partially this year. But the authorities concerned said the rest of the dissimilarities among the agricultural universities would be removed next year to achieve a single system.

Sources in the agricultural universities said they wanted to begin the process of a common admission test for the ease of students, who have to suffer due to appearing for separate tests.

However, several issues like the quota system, form fee, formulation of a common policy and required marks for sitting in the uniform admission test are still pending. These are likely to be settled at the meeting of these institutions with the University Grants Commission (UGC) on July 29, sources said.

Meanwhile, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU) could not join the uniform admission system because of many dissimilar subjects with the other agriculture universities.

Sources said only five subjects in HSTU were similar, while 18 other departments were different from the other universities.

Bangladesh Agriculture University (BAU) vice-chancellor Professor Dr Lutful Hassan told The Independent: “The main message is that we want to start the process of uniform admission test despite having some dissimilarity. Other universities can also follow our

model of uniform admission test for the science-based subjects.” He said: “Many things have been settled regarding the holding of the uniform admission test.

The rest of the issues would be settled in the next meeting on July 29. We would also hold some other meetings for finalising all aspects of the common test.”

Regarding the quota system, Hassan said, “We would follow the government’s existing quota system. But if any university has its own quota system, it would be free to follow it. But it has not been fixed yet. We hope it will be done in the next meeting.”

On the eligibility for the admission test, he informed, “The candidates need a Gross Point Average (GPA) of 7 out of the results of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exams. But it has not been fixed as yet and more discussions are necessary.”

On the common admission test, sources said the candidates will have to attend an examination of 200 marks. Of these, there would be a 100-mark exam on multiple choice questions. And the rest of the 100 marks would come from 40 marks from SSC and 60 marks HSC results.

The questions would be in Bengali and English, sources said.

The BAU VC also said that there would be auto-migration system based on the students’ marks.

“The students would be able to select any of the seven universities from where he/she want to sit for the uniform admission test,” he said.

Hassan said the authorities of the seven varsities would publish a policy regarding the uniform system. The admission form fee would likely be Tk 1,000, but the admission fees would be different. He said they have also prepared a website for conducting the uniform admission test. “Right now, we are carrying out the server test of the website regularly,” he added.

Asked about how many students would be able to sit for the admission test, the BAU VC replied, “The matter has not been fixed yet, but we have a proposal that 10 fold students against the total number of seats would be able to give the test.”

As per the UGC annual report 2017, BAU has 1,200 seats, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University has 310 seats, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University has 588 seats, Sylhet Agricultural University has 405 seats, Khulna Agricultural University has 150 seats, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University has 245 seats, and Patuakhali Science and Technology University has 846 seats.

Hassan said, “We would conduct the exam this year. We have that capacity. Next year, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University may conduct the admission test. It will be rotation based each year.”

He further informed that they were already working to constitute the admission committee for conducting the examination.

Generally, the agricultural universities hold admission tests in between October and November. But this time, it might be held between November and December.

“So far, all the seven agricultural universities have agreed to hold a uniform system of admission this year. Recently, all the other public universities have agreed to start it from next year,” SAU vice-chancellor Prof. Kamal Uddin Ahmed said.

Ahmed said it was necessary considering the interests of the students who suffer immensely for moving from one place to another to appear for the separate tests.