A group of admission seekers under the 2020-21 academic session today demanded to reinstate previous Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements for Dhaka University’s (DU) entrance test.
They also demanded to cancel the primary selection system for uniform university admission test at a press conference held at Dhaka University Journalists’ Association (DUJA) this noon.
While reading out a written statement Sanwar Hossain, a student of Madan Mohan College Sylhet, said, “We did not get the opportunity to sit for the HSC exam this year due to the pandemic situation and thus the result was unexpected for many students.”
“The decision of increasing GPA requirements is completely inhumane. We hope the DU authority must reconsider the decision,” he added.
DU authorities have increased the minimum requirement for applying in all the units.
Students applying from the science group are required to have a minimum SSC and HSC combined GPA of 8.5 compared to a combined GPA of 8 in previous years.
Applicants from the arts and business studies groups require a combined GPA of 8, compared to 7 and 7.5 respectively in previous years while the Fine Arts faculty has also seen a jump from SSC and HSC combined GPA 6.5 to 7.
From the press conference, they announced to stage a human-chain at the foot of Raju Memorial Sculpture tomorrow around 12pm to press home their demand.
Among others, Merin Ahmed Manisha of Azimpur Girls College, Rasel Ahmed of Brindaban Government College of Habiganj, Arohe Anamika of Kushtia Government Girls College and Md Tanjim of Govt Tolaram College were present at the press conference.