Single Admission Test: Evaluation in Paper Instead of Computer, Bengali-English Compulsory

The Ministry of Education and the University Grants Commission (UGC) are planning to introduce a single admission test for public universities under a new system. A draft for the examination evaluation method has been prepared, initially deciding on evaluation through written papers. Additionally, it will be mandatory for students from science, commerce, and humanities streams to answer questions in Bengali and English.

Initially, the idea was to conduct the single admission test through a computer-based test. However, considering the difficulties that students from rural areas might face with this method, the decision has been made to conduct the exam through the traditional written paper method.

Regarding this, the convenor of the main committee related to the single admission test and UGC member (Public Universities) Professor Dr. Hasina Khan told The Daily Campus that work on the evaluation method for the single admission test is ongoing. Preliminary issues have been identified. The committee has a meeting on Tuesday (July 2), and it is expected that the evaluation method will be finalized by July.

A draft of the evaluation method has been prepared, deciding initially to conduct the test through written papers. Students from the science, commerce, and humanities streams will be required to answer questions in both Bengali and English.

In January, the UGC formed a committee to formulate policies for a single admission test. Based on the recommendations of this committee, a four-member sub-committee was formed to determine the evaluation method for the single admission test. This sub-committee has prepared a draft of the evaluation method, and a meeting will be held today to finalize this draft.

According to a source involved in creating the evaluation method, initially, the test will be conducted through traditional written papers, possibly including both MCQs and written sections. Separate tests will be conducted for the three streams: science, humanities, and business education. Questions in Bengali and English will be included in all three tracks to assess language proficiency, making it mandatory for students to answer these.

Despite the mandatory Bengali and English sections, students will also have to answer questions based on their respective streams. For science, there will be more questions on physics, chemistry, and mathematics, alongside Bengali and English.

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Adhikari, a member of the evaluation method committee and former member of the Bangladesh Accreditation Council (BAC), stated that a draft of the evaluation method has been prepared but needs further scrutiny. The committee is working on it, and more work is required before finalizing the method.

It is known that the UGC took the initiative to organize a single admission test for all universities to reduce the hassles faced by students. A draft ordinance was prepared and sent to the Ministry of Education for approval. However, due to the ministry’s disapproval, the initiative was stalled. Now, the commission is taking a new initiative to formulate policies for the single admission test.

Sources indicate that the draft ordinance sent by the UGC did not get approval due to strong objections from the ministry regarding the structure of the central admission test authority, the position of its chairman, and expenditure authority. Now, the commission is preparing new policies according to the ministry’s expectations, including incorporating a representative from the Ministry of Education into the central admission test authority and making some changes to the expenditure authority.

JR Nayan

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