MM Jasim : University Grants Commission (UGC) termed the existing admission system in public universities as problematic and questionable. “Existing admission system in public universities is not appropriate. It is problematic and its quality is questionable. It is also expensive. The students who obtain GPA-5 could not enter the public universities. It is one kind of injustice. It should be reformed.” The UGC said this in its annual report published recently. UGC Chairman Professor AK Azad Chowdhury handed the annual report with few recommendations to President Abdul Hamid to take initiative to flourish the higher education system. The UGC said in its annual report that the students are used to appear at many admission tests in different universities. They have to spend huge time and money for this. Side by side, the students feel mental pressure. That is why they lose their creativity. So, the existing admission test should be changed, it said. “The students face many problems in the existing admission test. It can be reduced if the authorities take the combined admission test. The combined admission test will be held in three patterns as public universities, Engineering universities and Agricultural universities,” the report said. “In the recent time, the standard of admission test has become questionable. Mistake in question paper and leakage of question hamper the system tremendously. In the process, the talent students could not get themselves admitted in reputed universities. So, it is high time to change the system,” the report added. UGC sources said that the UGC recommended and asked the university authorities to find a consensus to take combined admission test. But the authorities are yet to respond to the UGC’s recommendations. A official of UGC told The New Nation seeking anonymity that most of the universities were against change the admission system for fear of losing extra income. UGC Chairman Professor AK Azad Chowdhury told this correspondent that combined admission system is the best system. The dates of admission tests have been postponed many times due to political turmoil. Some of the admission tests are yet to come. So, the UGC recommended in its annual report to change the prevailing system as it is problematic and questionable, he said. He also hoped that the Vice-Chancellors of the public universities would respond to with our recommendations. The combined admission system may be introduced from next session, he said.