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23 January, 2020 10:16:54 AM
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RU stops admission despite record number of vacant seats

Jahidul Islam, RU
RU stops admission despite record number of vacant seats

Rajshahi University (RU) authorities have stopped the admission process, even though a record number of seats in undergraduate courses has still remained vacant in this academic session.  This admission process has been stopped after the seventh waiting merit list came out on January 15. Around 128 seats remain vacant in all three units of the 2019–20 honours batches.

Additional chief coordinators of 'A' and 'C' units recently wrote a letter to RU vice-chancellor (VC) Prof M Abdus Sobhan, requesting him to enroll students from the waiting list. But the varsity authorities are yet to pay any heed to such requests. However, RU authorities claim that there was no 'fault' in the process this year. They say only the best students were selected for admission. But the chosen students preferred other universities and some others cancelled their admission, resulting in the number of vacant seats, they explain.

Among the 128 seats. around 70 seats remain vacant in the ‘A’ unit, while ‘B’ unit has three vacant seats.  In total, 27 departments under the Faculties of Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Science, and Law, as well as the Institute of Education and Research, have been incorporated in the 'A' unit. Six departments under the Business Studies Faculty and the Institute of Business Administration have been incorporated in the 'B' unit.  The 'C' unit incorporates 25 departments under the Science, Life and Earth Science, and Agriculture Faculties.

A total of 69,383 students appeared in the test against 4,713 seats. Some 16 students vied for each seat in the two-day long admission tests that were held on October 20–22 last year. RU authorities did not allow any student to write the admission tests for a second time. Only fresh examinees that passed HSC in 2019 were allowed to sit for the tests.

Arts Faculty dean Prof. Fazlul Hoque, who is also additional chief coordinator of the 'A' unit, said: “We have submitted a letter to the VC, requesting him open admission from the waiting list. Vacant seats do not look good when a lot of students are on the waiting list. If we do not accommodate them, they will be deprived of higher education." "Other faculties have also submitted letters to the VC on the same topic. We are waiting for his approval as everything depends on him. Nothing is in our hands," he added.

Public relation administrator Prof. Provash Kumar Karmakar said: "We issued a notice for ethnic minority students to submit admission forms on January 24. I don’t know anything more." Student advisor Prof. Laila Arjumna Banu said: "The authorities will take a decision at the next meeting. I hope students on the waiting list do not get deprived of higher education."

RU pro-VC Prof. Ananda Kumar Saha said: "If additional chief coordinators of two units submit letters to the VC, a meeting is supposed to be called. If VC the calls a meeting, I would request him to give those on the waiting list a chance. But if there is no meeting, it won't be possible for me to do anything and the matter will depend entirely on the VC.’ RU VC Prof. M Abdus Sobhan could not be reached for his reaction.

 

SI

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