Govt Pressures 45 Pvt Varsities to Get Campus
Thursday, 19 August 2010

The education ministry has given those private universities who have not yet moved to their own campuses three weeks to inform what steps it would take against them.

Although according to the private university law passed on July 11, all universities must move to their own campuses within seven years from their establishment, 45 out of 54 private universities in the country do not have those.

Most of these universities were set up more than seven years ago.

The decision came following a meeting with representatives from those universities at the education ministry on Wednesday.

Minister Nurul Islam Nahid after the meeting told reporters that the responsibility was put upon the universities to inform the ministry about what actions had been taken.

"The ministry will take necessary measures after we get the opinions," he said.

President of the Association of Private Universities of Bangladesh C M Shafi Sami said that since there are some 0.2 million students studying in these universities, "decisions will be taken after discussions."

University Grants Commission chairman professor Nazrul Islam termed the requirement of universities to move to their own campuses as a major one.

"Most of the universities have been set up in rental houses, which hampers quality education," he observed.

Nahid said, "Those who have already been founded for 10-12 years must face legal measures. Moreover, they won't be able to extend departments."

Pointing that students are facing problems as the public university teachers take classes in the private universities, the minister said a new policy will be formulated in this regard. "The UGS chairman has been given the task."

In line with the 1973 ordinance, a public university teacher has to deposit 20 percent of his earning at his own university.

Allegations say, the rule is violated in most of the cases.

The minister also said an accreditation council will be formed in line with the law. The council will rank universities in a bid to determine quality of education provided.

"It will help students to understand the quality of the universities," he added.


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