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Even after public notice, SUST is unable to attract students

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জানুয়ারি ২১, ২০২৩ ১১:৪৫ অপরাহ্ণ
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Shahjalal University of Science and Technology Admission Committee is not getting students in the first year of graduation despite calling 4,176 to 8,000 waiting students with a “Public Notice”. Even after calling a total of eight times including the public notice, 108 seats are still vacant in various departments, said Professor Md. Masum, the director of the computer information center of the university.

He said that till now 8000 students have been called to Science Faculty, 559 to Commerce Faculty, and 1319 to the Humanities faculty. Despite this, a total of 108 seats remain vacant, including 102 seats in the Faculty of Science, four in the Faculty of Commerce, and two in the Faculty of Humanities.

It is widely recognised that Shahjalal University is the country’s first science and technology university. This university is unique in numerous ways. The university is ranked first in the cluster admission test system’s list of universities. Despite this, a number of senior teachers who wished to remain anonymous stated that the quality of education at the university is declining in comparison to the past. Teachers and students of the institution have moved away from the past research, innovations, and successes of students. Consequently, the university is not accepting international students. Aside from this, given the cost of admission has nearly doubled, it is uncertain how many students will be able to finish the admissions process.

“Country’s top universities and engineering and technology universities completed the admission process before the cluster admission test system is completed. As a result, talented students got admission to those universities. Apart from this, almost one semester has ended in universities outside the cluster system, but our admission process is not over yet,” said Professor Mohibul Alam of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Polymer Science of the university.

“The cluster committee has taken five thousand taka during the initial admission earlier. At that time it was said that the money would be adjusted during the final admission. But now the fee has been increased to 15 thousand taka. Last time it was 8 thousand 100 taka, now it has doubled in one jump. Which is a kind of oppression to us,” said Alok Sutradhar, a student yet to get admitted to the Department of Statistics.
After several attempted phone calls to Vice-Chancellor Professor Farid Uddin Ahmed’s cellphone, there was no response from him.

Last year, the students had to deposit 8 thousand 100 taka to complete the admission in the 2020-21 session. However, this year, students have to pay almost twice as much. The Samajtantrik Chhatra Front SUST branch has already protested against the increase in admission fees. Apart from this, students protested through various social media.