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A group of students seeking admission under the 2020-21 academic session have staged a demonstration demanding the previous required grade point average (GPA) system for Dhaka University's admission test.

They came up with the demand on Monday from a protest rally at the TSC area of the university campus under the banner of "General students seeking admission under 2020-21 academic session," reports UNB.

They gave a 48-hour ultimatum to reinstate the previous required GPA system. Otherwise, they warned of launching a tougher movement like a hunger strike.

DU authorities have decided to increase the combined required GPA for this year only to sit for the entrance test.

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Students applying from the science group are required to have a minimum SSC and HSC combined GPA of 8.5 this year. Applicants from the arts and business studies groups require a combined GPA of 8, while those applying for fine arts will need a combined GPA of 7 for this year's admission test.

Previously, DU used to allow students from science faculty with a minimum SSC and HSC combined GPA of 8 while applicants from Business Studies and Arts faculties with a combined GPA of 7.5 and 7 respectively.

Due to automatic promotion due to coronavirus this year, a total of 1,61,807 students got GPA 5 in Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent results for 2020.

Later, protesting admission seekers approached the vice-chancellor and proctor of DU for placing a memorandum in this regard, but they failed to meet any of them.

Abu Huraira Tanjim, a student from Govt Tolaram College Narayanganj who joined the protest, said: "The decision of changing required GPA system is completely inhumane. We have already finished our preparations. The university administration should inform us about this change at least six months earlier."

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