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Private Universities

No rules left to be broken

Imagine universities being run with no vice-chancellor (VC), pro-VC or treasurer. Or think about students obtaining graduation and post-graduation degrees from universities that do not have enough qualified teachers, properly equipped libraries and laboratories, do not publish research journals and have no campus of their own.  It is shocking but true that there are many such private universities in the country, according to a report of the University Grants Commission (UGC). The statutory apex body for higher education sent the report outlining the overall situation and problem of the universities and...

Anomalies in Pvt Universities

Nahid asks TIB to prove its findings

Nahid asks TIB to prove its findings

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday asked Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) to produce proof to substantiate its recent survey report on private universities, otherwise withdraw it and offer apology to the nation. According to the report titled "Private universities: challenges of good governance and way out", a section of officials at the education ministry, University Grants Commission and private universities are involved in illegal money transactions at different stages -- from getting approval to setting up the universities and appointing vice chancellors, pro-vice chancellors and treasurers to  awarding certificates to students. “If you [TIB] can't prove it [the report], you'll have to withdraw it and apologise to the nation," Nahid said...

Protests over Fee hike

RU at fault

RU at fault

Large-scale recruitment of teachers and employees violating rules over the last one decade has created a huge fund deficit at Rajshahi University, forcing the authorities to increase various fees and introduce evening courses to raise funds. The RU runs under the 1973 university act that provides autonomy to the institution, but it has to rely on the government for funds. While auditing the RU budget in March last year, the University Grants Commission (UGC) found it recruited 368 teachers and staff against 208 posts advertised in the 2012-13 academic year. Of them, 344 -- 56 teachers and 288 other staff -- were appointed without the mandatory approval from the UGC, a statutory...

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