Judicial body to be formed to probe edn graft under 4-party govt
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said in parliament that a process is underway to form a judicial enquiry committee to detect graft occurred in the education sector during the past four-party alliance regime.
Meanwhile the parliamentary standing committee on agriculture ministry yesterday decided to form a probe body in principle to investigate the anomalies in recruitment and procurement in the agriculture sector during last seven years.
In response to a query of Awami League (AL) lawmaker Nasimul Alam Chowdhury, the education minister said everybody is aware of mass corruption and plunders of public money in education sector during the BNP-led alliance government.
“We hope it will be possible to take legal actions against the corrupt by identifying them,” Nahid said informing the House about the ongoing process to form the judicial inquiry commission.
He said the current government has taken measures to abolish corruption from education sector and will show zero tolerance for corruption.
In reply to a query of AL lawmaker AKM Rahmatullah, the education minister said the government has identified the people involved behind the crisis in textbook printing and distribution. Actions are being taken against them.
Responding to AL lawmaker Suranjit Sengupta's proposal, Nahid said the rhetoric speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on historic March 7, 1971, would be incorporated in class-VIII textbook.
He said the historic proclamation of country's independence would also be included in the school textbooks.
The education minister said disorder prevails in the organogram and management of educational institutions since the ordinance on them ceased effectiveness.
POLLS TO STUDENT UNIONS
In response to a query of Workers Party lawmaker Rashed Khan Menon, the education minister disclosed a list on the status of elections to student unions of public universities.
As per the list, students' union elections of major public universities were not held for over decades.
According to the list, elections to central student union and hall union of Dhaka University were not held since 1990, Rajshahi University since 1989, Jahangirnagar University since 1993, Chittagong University since 1989, Bangladesh Agriculture University since 1998, Islamic University in Kushtia since 1985, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agriculture University since 2006, Sher-e-Bangla Agriculture University since 2001, Jagannath University since 2008, Sylhet Agriculture University since its inception, Comilla University since its inception, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Science University since its inception, Dhaka Engineering and Technology University since its inception, Patuakhali Science and Technology University since 2001, Hazi Danesh Science and Technology University since 2002, Rajshahi Engineering and Technology University since 2002, Chittagong Engineering and Technology University since 2007, Maulana Bhasani Science and Technology University Tangail since its inception, Shahjalal Science and Technology University, Sylhet since 1998, Khulna Engineering and Technology University since 2003 and Bangladesh Engineering University, Dhaka since its inception.
The education minister, however, said each of the public universities could hold students' union elections considering the atmosphere on the campuses.