Session jam returning to higher education: 41 lakh students lost their way

Prior to 2009, there was a one-and-a-half year session jam in the public universities of the country. But by 2012, it had disappeared from all universities. Even the National University, which is at the top of the session jam, eliminates the session jam through the crash program. But this year, with the advent of Kovid-19, higher education is once again falling into the trap of that session jit.

Due to the coronavirus, the universities have been closed for several months and the dormitories have been vacated, leaving all the students in their homes. Although online classes started last August, hundreds of exams have been stuck. The Vice-Chancellors are worried. Concerned deans say that now that the university has reopened and students have started taking exams, they will have to study for at least one year. The infection of kovid-19 has caused session jam for the first time in the private universities of the country. Extreme uncertainty has arisen as to when the stuck tests can be started. Speaking to Samakal, some vice-chancellors said the government has taken one initiative after another to normalize and streamline the primary and secondary education system in the Corona-affected country. Similarly, special attention should be paid to higher education.
According to the University Grants Commission (UGC), there are 46 government and 108 private universities in the country. As these universities are closed, the students are in trouble. The total number of students in higher education in the country is over 41 lakh. Of these, three lakh are studying in government universities, four lakh in private universities, 26 lakh in national universities, five lakh in open universities, and another one lakh in Islamic Arabic universities and other institutions. In Corona, the semester, in-course, and final examinations of different years have been postponed. The crisis is especially high for fourth-year students. When the exams were over, they would have entered the job market by now. But kovid has become a lifelong traitor.

Although online classes have been started in the universities on the instructions of the government, at least 55% of the students in remote areas do not have any internet facility. 6 percent of students are reluctant to take classes online. 26 lakh students of the National University are also out of school. Although some of the colleges affiliated with this university run nominal online classes, the involvement of students are very low. The students of open and Arabic universities are falling further behind.

All types of educational institutions in the country have been closed since March 16. The closure has been announced till October 30. However, Corona’s recent film suggests that it will not be possible to open higher education institutions in November. Meanwhile, the issue of admission of new students in the university has also come to the fore. At a recent online meeting of the UGC, the vice-chancellors said that the seniors should be given a chance to leave the university after completing the academic examinations. Otherwise, the crisis will intensify with the admission of new students. Fearing session jams in the universities, the vice-chancellors discussed taking online academic exams at a meeting of the university council on October 16. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Digital University Vice-Chancellor to take the exam online. They also discussed a software developed under the leadership of Minaj Ahmed Noor.

However, after talking to the students, it has been learned that they have various doubts about giving academic exams online. They are concerned about poor internet speed, lack of electricity, lack of smartphones for all students. Incidentally, the UGC conducted a survey last May. There, 40,000 teachers and students answered 72 questions. 6.7 percent of the students who took part in the survey have smartphones. 55 percent have laptops. On the other hand, all teachers have laptops. But they reported a number of problems with the cost of the test, including a weak network.

Private Universities: According to the information given by the students of private universities, online classes have started in private universities from last May. However, with the exception of a few universities, the rest are taking paired online classes. Basically, several institutions are running online classes to collect semester and tuition fees.
Most private universities have three semesters a year. Spring from January to April, Summer from May to August, and Fall Semester from September to December. The coronation period begins in the middle of the spring semester. As a result, they complete the rest of the course online and also take the exam. Universities have promoted all of them to the next semester, whether they take classes or not or whatever they learn. This has raised questions and doubts about the quality of higher education.

The figure of Government University: On average, it has been seen that only examinations of various courses in 48 government universities of the country have been postponed due to Kovid. The academic crisis has also arisen in the national universities which are responsible for the higher education of more than two thousand college students across the country. The final examination of the fourth year was supposed to end last March. The students also gave most of the exams. Tests on two to five subjects are stuck due to corona. From then on, they rolled up their sleeves. The degree pass course of this university was to be held between the second and third year and the Masters final in April. However, these tests were also postponed due to corona infection. The degree pass course was supposed to have 34 exams each year. Masters Preliminary till last August, Honors first year exams were also to be held. There were examinations in 31 subjects in each year. Because of Corona, this whole test schedule has become random. University students are suffering due to passing the working age.

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What the Vice-Chancellors said: Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Md. Akhtaruzzaman said the global crisis must be accepted. The day cannot be spent in despair. A crisis can be easily overcome if there is a vision to share the hardships of adversity. Stuck tests are also being considered.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Digital University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Munaj Ahmed Noor said, “Education bubble” can be done for the universities. The whole situation of higher education can be brought under control through the Education Bubble. He said they have already formulated an outline of their university path in the post-Kovid period.
National University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Haroon Aur Rashid said, “I will tell the students to study at home.” This is because we will continue to take one test after another after overcoming this disaster. As we have done overcoming the crash program before, the same method has to be applied here.

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