Software for taking university admission tests not suitable: UGC committee

The expert committee formed by UGC — to check whether the software developed for taking the admission tests of public universities — today said that it will not be wise to conduct the admission tests online, using the software.

They said if the exams were taken online, using the software, it would create more confusion and evaluation might not be correct due to the lack of network and technical reasons.

The eight-member expert committee included Dhaka University’s Computer Science and Engineering Prof Hafiz Md Hasan Babu, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology’s Computer Science and Engineering Prof Mostofa Akbar and Bangladesh Open University’s Prof Mostofa Azad Kamal.

The UGC reviewed the software as many VCs of public universities were hopeful that this year they would be able to hold the admission tests online, as they were looking for alternatives to in-person exams due to coronavirus pandemic.

Prof Munaz Ahmed Noor, vice-chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Digital University developed the software.

At the meeting while making a presentation on the software, Prof Munaz said with the software, universities will be able to hold their internal exams. “At this moment, the software is not suitable for holding admission tests,” he said.

On October 17, vice-chancellors of public universities from a virtual meeting of Bangladesh Bishwabidyalaya Parishad, an association of public university vice-chancellors, decided in principle that admission tests for freshers would be held.

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