UGC Chair Talks About Pvt Varsities
Bangladesh University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman Professor Dr. AK Azad Chowdhury said many of the private universities have failed to provide quality education.
UGC Chairman Professor Azad stated these while inaugurating the academic activities of Barendra University at Rajshahi Medical College Auditorium on September 26, 2012 evening as the chief guest.
Professor Azad, who holds the rank and status of a state minister however, said the UGC has taken legal actions against the universities. But unfortunately, he said many of those after taking stay order from the high court are operating their institutional and commercial activities in the name of education.
Besides, those are being operated amidst various illegal and immoral activities like as commercial institutions, which is a serious threat to the country's overall educational system, he observed.
With Trust Chairman of Barendra University Hafizur Rahman Khan in the chair, Professor Zinatun Nessa Talukder, MP, UGC Member Professor Dr. Atful Hye Shibly, Vice-chancellor of Rajshahi University Prof Abdus Sobhan, VC of Barendra University Professor Osman Ghani Talukder and Administrator of Zila Parishad Mahbub Zaman Bhulu also spoke on the occasion.
Professor Azad reminded that the obtained degrees of such varsities will not be valid in both and abroad and such situation will never be brought any welfare for the nation.
He also said the present government is very much positive towards educational expansion and its modernization. He realized that numerical enhancement instead of qualitative improvement of education will not be able to yield desired result.
For this reason, the UGC is committed to maintain level of competence in terms of recommending private university, he added.
He termed the provision of tax exemption in the field of contribution to the education as a time-fitting step.
Professor Azad said significant achievements have been attained in the higher education sector in the country. At present, there are around 20 lakh students in the higher educational institutions, which is fourth position in the world and Bangladesh stays after China, India and Indonesia.
"If we can ensure qualitative and standard learning for the huge students, Bangladesh will be able to familiarize itself as prospective nation in the global arena," Dr. Azad opined.
He told the audience that Bangladesh government has an agreement of Taka 661-crore with World Bank. The pact extends support towards improvement of education in the public and private universities.