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SUST admission seekers in limbo

Bdnews24.com . Sylhet

Around 50,000 students seeking admission to Shahjalal University of Science and Technology are in a limbo with the university authorities still undecided about the entry test method and the exam date.
The students have expressed their worries over the indecision, but the vice-chancellor said the test date was expected to be announced soon.
VC Md Aminul Haque told the news agency, ‘Examination method and date would be finalised through discussions (with stakeholders).’
The combined admission test, slated for November 30, for SUST and Jessore Science and Technology University was cancelled at an academic council meeting of the former institution on November 26 following objection raised by Sylhet residents.
The VC said another academic council meeting, held on November 27 amid student agitation, decided to proceed with the combined exam method after discussions with the stakeholders.
He said the discussions were now on.
Meanwhile, pro-and anti-combined exam campaigners are out on the streets pressing their demands.
A group under the banner ‘Conscious Sylhetis’ termed the combined test ‘discriminatory’ and, on Sunday, gave the university authorities 30-hours to cancel it.
They threatened to begin a blockade a day before the exams and a strike on the day of it if the authorities persisted with the method.
They argued that Sylhet students would be denied a fair chance in the combined test.
They contended that it should not be held with only one university.
‘Conscious Sylhetis’ convener Rezaul Hasan Lodi said, ‘We don’t want any quota in university admission. We don’t also want combined exams with one university. If they hold combined exams, they have to be with all universities.’
Another group, under the banner of ‘Progressive Students and People’ is pressing for the combined form.
An activist of the group, Hasam Morshed, has termed the ‘Conscious Sylhetis’ movement ‘unexpected intervention’ in the institution’s affairs.
University admission committee convener Professor Zakir Hossain said separate merit lists would be prepared for the two institutions after the exams.
He told the news agency that there was no scope for students of any area to be deprived of a fair chance for admission under the combined exam.
He said the system had been adopted to make things easier for students.
A total of 43,829 students sought entry to SUST and 5,825 to JSTU, while 5,613 students applied to sit for the tests for both the institutions.
Of the students, 6,818 expressed their intent to take the exam at Jessore centres for admission to SUST and 3,203 to sit the test at Sylhet centres for entry to JSTU.
Concerned over the uncertainty over the holding of the test, students want a prompt decision on the choice of system and announcement of the test date.
One candidate, Nasrin Chowdhury, said, ‘We’re being made victims of movements for and against the exam method. It’s still uncertain when the tests will be held. We want the university authorities to the exams promptly.’
Earlier, SUST Professors Muhammed Zafar Iqbal and his wife Yasmeen Haque had announced their resignation from the university following postponement of the combined tests.
They, however, agreed to stay on after the university authorities decided to proceed with the combined method amid demands by the students.




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