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12:00 AM, July 19, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 19, 2010

No educational instt to be allowed to run without govt approval

Says education minister

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said no educational institution or university without government's approval will be allowed to continue their operation in the country.
"The universities which are not approved by the government will not be allowed to do anything in the name of imparting education. Even they will also not be allowed to publish any advertisement," he said.
The minister made the remarks while talking to the newsmen after the inaugural session of the sixth two-day meeting of the heads of University Grants Commission (UGC) or equivalent bodies of the SAARC member countries at a city hotel.
University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (UGC) organised the two-day meeting.
Asked about snubbing the move to empower the UGC to fix tuition fees of private universities, Nahid said the government let the private university authorities to fix the tuition fees with the hope that they would be considerate enough.
"We hope that they would not put us in trouble," he said.
The minister, however, warned that the government would not allow anyone to do business in education sector.
"We are firmly committed that we will not let education turn into a business firm," he said.
Asked about the tuition fees in the private universities, he said the government in the private university act asked them to fix the fees according to the country's socio-economic condition and keep it within the reach of general people.
"We gave the thing onto the conscience of the governing bodies of the private universities. We must look into it if they don't follow the directives," he added.
He said the main aim of enacting the “Private University Act” is to ensure the quality education in every universities as well as making them successful.
Speaking at the function, Nahid said the new education policy which is in the process of implementation would bring qualitative changes in the country's education sector.
Speaking as guest of honour, National Professor Kabir Chowdhury said the government of all the countries in the world should allocate adequate funds for higher education.
Chaired by UGC Chairman Prof Nazrul Islam, the meeting was also addressed by RD Rajapakse, director of SAARC secretariat, Kathmandu and UGC member Dr Atful Hye Shibly.

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