Shahjalal University of Science & Technology, Bangladesh has introduced an SMS based automated registration system for admission tests. Candidates are required to send in their HSC information from any Teletalk prepaid mobile phone. Their information is then processed and verified by the Education Board. After this is completed successfully, the eligible candidates are sent a confirmation message on their mobiles instantly.Finally, the application fee for the admission test is deducted from the candidate’s prepaid mobile account and a notification is sent, again through the SMS channel. All the candidates also receive the admission test seat number via SMS. On the day of the test, the students only need to bring along two attested photographs. The result of the test could again be known using a mobile phone and the students could easily find out their position in merit list.
This SMS-based admission system is indeed an innovative solution to the large logistical problem that every university faces before and after the admission process is conducted every year.
It usefulness to the students is undoubted as it simplifies the whole process, makes it less time-consuming and eradicates unnecessary delays. It makes the university’s task easier by eliminating all chances of fraudulent practices and issues such as non-receipt of admission test roll numbers.
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The key advantages of adopting such a system, however, lie in the huge amounts of savings made by cutting of travel costs and the environmental benefit derived from reducing the amount of paper used. Its advantage to the girl students is especially important as they are often restricted by the difficult process of applying to a university which involves travelling across the country and staying in an unknown city for several days.
Too long delays in admission processes, too high travel costs for students and a discriminative selection about the sex...
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