The University of Dhaka and the University of Rajshahi have decided not to take part in the uniform admission test proposed by the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (UGC).
Academic councils of both universities took the decision at a meeting yesterday.
Professor Dr Akhtaruzzaman, vice-chancellor of Dhaka University, told The Business Standard that the university would enrol students following its own rules.
"The members of the academic council did not agree to be a part of UGC's central admission test," he said, adding they think that the university would not get the meritorious students it wants through the test.
Dhaka University Teachers' Association's President Professor Dr Maksud Kamal said the university is run as per the the 1973 Ordinance, which gives it full authority to enrol new students independently.
Earlier on February 13, the UGC decided to hold a uniform admission test for all public universities from the academic year of 2020-21 to reduce the sufferings of students and their guardians.
As per the decision, the test will be held at all universities on the same day. Under the existing system, the students need to go to different universities across the country to sit for entrance exams.
But four universities – the Dhaka University, Chittagong University, Jahangirnagar University, and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) – did not confirm their participation in the process.
Buet and Chittagong University have already decided to not join the test.