Generally the honors admission process of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) begins before Dhaka University (DU). Though DU and some other public universities have already announced honors admission test dates for the academic session 2012-13, however BUET’s honors admission process has fallen into uncertainty for the current BUET crisis.
Moreover, the deadlock between the anti-VC agitators and the administration might plunge BUET into a severe session jam causing irreparable loss to the academic lives of around 10,000 students.
The 2011-12 academic year students, who began their classes in May are supposed to take their first-term final examination in the third week of September. But their exams are likely to end in December.
“In the other engineering universities, students of the same session have already completed their first semester.” – Students said.
The students said, they have already been caught in session jam due to an unscheduled closure for 34 days following a clash in June 2010 and subsequent movement against Chhatra League in 2011.
Also, over a week’s class boycotts by teachers early this year for extension of their retirement age to 65 years and a 28-day work abstention from April 7 also hampered academic activities of the leading engineering university. Now the 44-day closure means further session jam for six months to one year.
The university was supposed to be closed from August 11 to August 24, according to the academic calendar. And after the vacation, there was supposed to be a two-week preparatory leave.
The students of 2007-2008 academic year are the worst sufferers. They started their classes on January 19, 2008 and their graduation was supposed to be completed this year.
The students of 2008-2009 Session are now doing their second semester of third year although they are supposed to be in the first semester of fourth year.
Currently, there are two batches in the second year. The 2009-1010 session students, now in the second semester of second year, were supposed to be in the third year’s first semester. The 2010-2011 students, now in the first semester of second year, were supposed to be in the second semester of second year.
Already lagging behind by three to six months mainly due to unscheduled closures, students say another six months to one year of their academic calendar will be wasted if the situation remains unchanged. At present, BUET has five batches although there should have been four, claimed BUET students.