The High Court has upheld the Dhaka University's decision to not allow students to sit for admission tests more than once.
An HC bench comprising Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Md Ejarul Haque Akondo on Wednesday rejected a writ petition that challenged the decision of DU authorities.
As per the order, the students who have passed HSC examinations will not get the second chance to appear at the DU admission tests, Advocate ASM Mejbah Uddin, lawyer of DU, said.
Only those who will pass this year's Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exams will be eligible for the university's admission test for 2015-16 academic year. Earlier, those who pass HSC used to get two chances to get admitted to the University.
The petitioners' lawyer Subrata Chowdhury said that they are frustrated with the verdict of the High Court Division and vowed to move the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court challenging the decision.
Several of the petitioners, present in court, broke down in tears when the judges upheld the university's decision.
Mesbah Uddin, the counsel of DU, said that the HC decision will serve a greater interest. "Seats are left vacant when candidates are allowed second chances ? we've been noticing this since 2009. It's a national loss," he said.
On October14, 2014, the DU authorities decided to allow only fresh successful HSC examinees to appear at its admission tests in a single year from the 2015-16 academic session, aiming to create an equal opportunity for all the aspirants.
A total of 16 guardians filed the writ petition with the HC earlier in the day challenging the legality of the decision. On March 16, the HC issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why the decision not to allow students to sit for the DU admission test for the second time would not be declared illegal.
Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique, after a meeting with the admission committee last year, had said, allowing second chances to old students could 'deprive' first time entry seekers.
The move would also help eliminate 'fraudulent practices' around admission, he said. Admission seekers in despair over the university's decision held demonstrations on campus for days.