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SUST, JnU must explain quitting cluster admission tests: UGC

Campus 2023-03-16, 11:05pm


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Jehangir Hussain

University Grants Commission (UGC) member Professor Dr Mohammad Alamgir has said if Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) and Jagannath University (JnU) want to leave the cluster admission tests, they have to explain in clear terms the reasons for this. 

He said that SUST and the JnU had taken lead to adopt the cluster admission tests since its inception. Now if they want to leave they have to explain the reasons in clear terms.

Earlier, JnU decided not to participate in the cluster admission tests for 22 universities for the 2022-23 academic year.

 JnU was not invited to adopt the cluster admission test, it took the decision on its own, said the UGC official.

During the last two admission tests, JnU functioned  as the coordinator of the cluster admission tests. Now they want to opt out of the cluster admission tests, he said.

In February, a meeting was held with the Vice Chancellors in this regard under the leadership of the Education Minister.

At that time, he said, JnU even gave no hint of quitting the system.

Asked whether there will be any impact on the cluster tests system if JnU quits, he said, there will be no impact.

In academic year 2020, Vice-Chancellors of 20 public universities decided to adopted the General Science and Technology (GST) system, also known as the cluster system for the academic year 2020-21. 

This method’s complications arose during the last two admission tests.

Even after holding several admission tests  all the seats could not be filled. 

It was in this backdrop that JnU teachers association demanded for quitting the cluster system and enrolling students through separate admission tests, as before.