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Dhaka Board Results

Institutions outside city show strength

None of the colleges in Dhaka city could keep the first two places under Dhaka Education Board after yesterday's HSC results due mainly to the newly introduced criteria.

Breaking the years long trend, Mymensingh Girls' Cadet College and Mirzapur Cadet College secured the first and second position respectively with 89.6 and 85.36 rank points this year.

According to the data available from the education boards, Notre Dame College, Viqarunnisa Noon College and Dhaka City College dominated the top three positions in the past five years.

Last year three colleges of the capital secured the top three positions as the list was prepared based on highest number of GPA-5 scorers.

Notre Dame College topped the list last year with 1,207 students securing the feat followed by Dhaka City College with 934 and Viqarunnisa Noon College with 531 GPA-5 scorers.

This year Notre Dame College got the sixth place with 81.18 rank points, while Viqarunnisa Noon was placed on the eighth position with 79.85 rank points.

The Ministry of Education has ranked top 20 colleges under each board by academic standards in four categories.

The four criteria were the number of students registered with an institution, percentage of regular students among those registered, percentage of successful students, and numbers of GPA-5 scorers and total examinees.

The ministry set 100 rank points for the four categories.

The new criteria have brought significant changes among the list of top colleges which removed top colleges of Dhaka city from the top two positions, say principals of different colleges.

Principal of Mirzapur Cadet College in Tangail Mohammad Shahidul Islam told The Daily Star that the changes in the top 20 colleges are largely because of the new selection criteria.

He termed the new criteria "perfect", saying with these criteria performance of the colleges is properly evaluated.

ASM Mushfiqur Rahman, principal of Rajuk Uttara Model College, which secured fourth place, told The Daily Star the new selection criteria have brought the two cadet colleges on the top two places.

The new criteria have brought an end to an "unhealthy" competition. Earlier, only the number of GPA-5 was considered to select the top colleges which the institutions wanted to get more students and increase the number of GPA-5 achievers, he observed.

"If the new criteria were not there, our college would have been in a much lower position on the list," Principal Mushfiq said.

He however pointed out some weak points of the new criteria that the colleges with fewer students and fewer dropouts get advantage in the selection race.

Principal of Viqarunnisa College Husne Ara Begum told The Daily Star that the new criteria are one of the causes for the changes on the list.

But there are some other reasons as well, she said.

"There are some colleges which don't have any students in humanities or business studies group, in which securing GPA-5 is a bit tough. As a result, colleges like ours lag behind as we have students from science, humanities and business studies.

DHAKA BOARD'S TOP 20 COLLEGES

Mymensingh Girls' Cadet College secured the first place with 89.6 rank points, Mirzapur Cadet College second with 85.36 points, Holy Cross College third with 83.03, Rajuk Uttara Model College fourth with 81.83, Residential Model College fifth with 81.3, Dhaka City College seventh with 80.93, Bir Shreshtha Noor Mohammad Rifles Public School and College ninth with 70.49, Dhaka College tenth with 77.51, Cambrian College 11th with 76.79, Ideal School and College, Motijheel 12th with 75.92, National Ideal College, Khilgaon 13th with 75.37, Shahid Syed Nazrul Islam College, Mymensingh 14th with 74.16, SOS Hermann Gmeiner College 15th with 73.45, Adamjee Cantonment College, Mirpur 16th with 72.53, Dhaka Commerce College 17th with 71.87, Savar Cantonment College 18th with 71.58, Cantonment Public School and College, Mymensingh 19th with 69.76, and Shamsul Haque Khan School and College, Demra secured the 20th place with 69.4 points.

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The new criteria will certainly make the educational institutions more pro-active giving harmonious attention to every student.Actually some colleges are incessantly faring well in the public exams.But the previous criteria deprived them to be among the tops. Thanks to the Education Ministry.

: MD. Minhazur Rahman
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