Mohibul suggests enhancing capacity of newly-established universities

DHAKA, Newly appointed Education Minister Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury today suggested enhancing capacity of the newly established universities by emphasizing constructing infrastructures, introducing laboratory facilities and appointing skilled manpower. He gave the suggestion when a five-member delegation of University Grants Commission (UGC) led by its chairman Professor Muhammad Alamgir paid a courtesy call on the new minister at his Secretariat office here. UGC members Professor Md Sajjad Hossain, Professor Bishwajit Chanda and Professor Hasina Khan, its secretary Dr Ferdous Jaman were in the delegation. Mohibul Hassan suggested setting up new departments on the basis of the demand of time and reality. He urged the UGC to take up effective measures for ensuring quality education and research in the country.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

PM develops madrasah education thru various steps: Sadhan

NAOGAON, Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken various steps to streamline and develop the madrasah education system.

He said this while addressing the inauguration programme of the four-storey academic building of Niamatpur Islamia Alim Madrasah in the district as the chief guest, an official release said.

“The Awami League (AL)-led government has established model mosques and cultural centers in each upazila. The importance of the promotion and spread of Islam is very significant. There is no mosque where government grants have not reached,” he said.

Addressing the madrasah teachers, he said apart from the education of patriotism, they should be educated in ethics to become a real patriotic individuals as well as the worthy citizens.

“Islamic values should be taught along with modern education,” he added.

Recalling the role of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for Islam, he mentioned that Bangabandhu had established the Islamic Foundation for the spread of Islam in Bangladesh.

Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Imtiaz Morshed, Upazila Parishad Chairman Farid Ahmed, Upazila Awami League President Alhaj Abul Kalam Azad, General Secretary Zahid Hasan Biplab and District Awami League’s Agricultural Affairs Secretary Abed Hossain Milon were present, among others, on the occasion with Niamatpur Islamia Alim Madrasha Managing Committee President Sarkar Kamal Uddin in the chair.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

RU holds freshers’ reception ceremony

RAJSHAHI, Rajshahi University (RU) authority held a freshers’ orientation for the newly-admitted first-year (honours) students under 2022-2023 academic session amid festivity and fanfare today.

The orientation for the new students of different departments and institutions was held at Kazi Nazrul Islam Auditorium of the university.

Vice-chancellor (VC) Professor Golam Sabbir Sattar welcomed the students with flower sticks wishing them every success at the campus.

Pro-VCs Prof Sultan-Ul-Islam and Prof Humayun Kabir, Treasurer Prof Obayedur Rahman Pramanik, Students Adviser Prof Jahangir Alam Saud and Proctor Prof Asabul Haque also spoke on the occasion.

Inspiring the students, the VC urged them to take pleasure in the student life with a bit of care. “The purpose of education is to acquire knowledge from reality and to utilize it for mankind,” he added.

He also urged them to remain on the right track as it’s very much important to acquire knowledge properly.

Prof Golam Sabbir also reminded them to be part of building a smart Bangladesh envisioned by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who has been working relentlessly to this end.

Terming the students as the leaders of the future Bangladesh, he also urged them to be equipped with modern knowledge properly.

This year, around 4,000 students were admitted to 59 Departments under 12 faculties and two institutions of the university.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

JS passes Thakurgaon University Bill, 2023

SANGSAD BHABAN, Thakurgaon University Bill, 2023 was passed today in the Jatiya Sangsad in an attempt to create and enhance opportunities of modern knowledge practice and studies in different phases and attaining equality with the advance world in different spheres of higher education.

Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni moved the bill which was passed by voice votes in the House with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.

Piloting the bill, the minister said the establishment of the university is necessary and reasonable in view of developing education, research, training and extension programme at the graduate and post-graduate levels.

With this new university, the number of public universities will reach 51. The country now has 108 private universities as well.

The move to set up a public university in Thakurgaon is in line with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s promise to establish full-fledged public universities in all the districts.

Earlier, the cabinet approved the draft of ‘Thakurgaon University Act, 2022’ in principle on February 28, this year.

Similar to other public universities, the President will act as the Chancellor and will appoint Vice-Chancellors for a term of four years.

The university will have a vice-chancellor and a treasurer, according to the new act.

He also said that the draft law set out the rules and regulations for conducting the activities and curriculum of the university.

The number of universities, both public and private, is increasing in the country every year, but many of them are unable to provide quality education as per world standard.

Participating in the discussion on the bill, Jatiya Party lawmaker Rustam Ali Farazi said the government should pay more attention to ensuring quality education in the existing universities to cope with rising world standards.

As per the Strategic Plan for Higher Education (SPHE) in Bangladesh: 2017-2030, new universities will be set up as enrolment in the universities would increase. SPHE 2006 projected that between 1,84,548 and 3,69,095 students would be enrolled in the public universities by 2026.

In view of a fast growing number of graduates, it was proposed that the higher education participation rate of 20 per cent in contrast to the existing 4.04 per cent would be the target to be achieved by the year 2026.

Calling the government to raise allocation for research in different universities, another opposition lawmaker Pir Fazlur Rahman said” the government must have to concentrate that those universities never would become a center for taking preparations for the exams administered by Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC).”

Other opposition lawmakers Fakhrul Imam,Begum Rawshan Ara Mannan, Barrister Shamim Haider Patwary and Hafizuddin Ahmed also spoke on the bill.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

RSS with lawmaker: Shahi calls for electoral reforms, intervention in education system

Kathmandu: Nepali Congress lawmaker Ain Bahadur Shahi Thakuri represents Mugu 1 in the House of Representatives (HoR). He believes that lawmakers bear the responsibility of voicing the concerns of people from respective constituents in parliament.

The 53-year-old legislator acknowledged that he is still learning about legislative duties, as this is his first experience in the federal parliament. In view of Shahi, the primary responsibility of lawmakers is to contribute to legislative affairs, but again he says that they cannot overlook the development and other needs of the people. He stated, “People, especially those from Mugu, are in urgent need of development.”

“The people in the district urgently require compensation for natural disasters and fire, rehabilitation, health, education, drinking water, road infrastructure, and irrigation facilities,” he said, adding that he prioritizes public concerns based on their needs and strives to draw the government’s attention to these issues through parliamentary proceedings.

Shahi, who began his political career through the Nepal Student Union in 2043 BS, has served twice as the NC district president for Mugu. He also has five years of teaching experience. He acknowledged that people’s representatives have sometimes failed to meet public aspirations due to their unnecessarily engagements in issues unrelated to their primary legislative duties.

But lawmakers are often compelled to assist people with even minor development projects and healthcare access as the federal governance system is yet to be implemented in a true sense, according to the lawmaker.

Shahi said lawmakers are aware of their legislative roles and responsibilities but also they believe that facilitating citizens in addressing their development needs is part of their responsibilities. According to Shahi, the existing electoral system is costly and requires significant reforms.

He assessed that citizens have yet to experience good governance and are frustrated by the prevalence of corruption. He is also worried to see youths leaving home for abroad in pursuit of jobs, study and career opportunities. He believed that youths would be discouraged from going abroad if adequate job opportunities could be ensured within the country.

According to him, the cost of education not only in medicine and engineering education but also all streams is becoming prohibitive for the citizens, especially disadvantaged communities, and requires prompt interventions.

Source: National News Agency RSS

Nepal Sanskrit University, Maharishi Int’l University to sign agreement for study, research of Vastu Shastra

Kathmandu, Oct 6: The Nepal Sanskrit University and Maharishi International University, America, are to sign agreement on the issue of study and research of Vastu Shastra (architectural science).

The agreement is going to be signed between the two universities on Saturday in Kathmandu, on the occasion of concluding of the six-week workshop organised in Nepal, said Chairperson of Nepal Maharishi Vedic Foundation and former state minister, Deepak Prakash Banskota. Scholars of both countries are participating in the workshop.

The six-week workshop was organised with the aim of promoting study of Vastu Shastra. Both universities are signing the agreement after scholars laid emphasis that knowledge and applications of architect is indispensable for peace and prosperity.

Architecture is one of the 12 areas of Vedic knowledge that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi propagated across the world.

Such type of programme was held for the first time in Nepal, according to the Foundation. A total of 24 architect engineer of 14 countries of Asia, Europe, North and South and Australia continents are participating in the programme.

Source: National News Agency RSS

RU holds freshers’ orientation ceremony

Rajshahi University (RU) authority held a

freshers’ orientation for the newly-admitted first-year (honours) students

under 2022-2023 academic session amid festivity and fanfare today (Monday).

The orientation for the students of different departments and institutions

was held today (first day).

Vice-chancellor (VC) Professor Golam Sabbir Sattar welcomed the students with

flower sticks wishing their every success at the campus.

Pro-VCs Prof Sultan-Ul-Islam and Prof Humayun Kabir, Treasurer Prof Obayedur

Rahman Pramanik, Registrar Prof Abdus Salam, Proctor Prof Asabul Islam and

Students Adviser Prof Tareque Nur also spoke on the occasion.

Inspiring the students, the VC urged them to take pleasure in the student

life with a bit of care. “The purpose of education is to acquire knowledge

from reality and to utilize it for mankind,” he added.

He also urged them to remain on the right track as it’s very much important

to acquire knowledge properly.

Prof Sabbir also reminded them to be part of building a smart Bangladesh

envisioned by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who has been working relentlessly

to this end.

This year, around 4,000 students were admitted in 59 Departments under 12

faculties and two institutions of the university.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Much preparation needed before introducing School Education Bill

The government introduced the School Education Bill without consulting enough with the stakeholders concerned, it is said.

In a meeting of the Sustainable Development and Good Governance, National Assembly today, Committee President Prakash Panth was of the opinion that the government and the authorities concerned are expected to remain alert to the need to enhance quality of education and implement the citizen’s fundamental rights ensured by the Constitution. As he said, broader discussions with stakeholders concerned was essential before introducing the Bill.

He advised the government to ensure sufficient preparations before working on the draft of any law.

Committee member Narayan Prasad Dahal said teachers took to street against the draft of the Bill as it was brought without addressing various agreement reached between the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and Nepal Teachers’ Federation at different times. “It seems that the government is ready to sign the agreement, but it hesitates to enforce them.”

In some cases, the line Minister remains unaware of full contents of the Bill. It is a structural shortcoming, he added.

Lawmaker Anita Dahal stressed the need to bring the bill capable addressing the issues in education sector.

PABSON President DK Dhungana who attended the meeting as an invitee said the private sector have contributed to the promotion of quality education and the State is not expected to interfere in guardians’ choice for schools.

Community School Management Committee Federation central president Gunaraj Moktan urged the government to involve the Federation as a partner in the policy and decision-making level.

Guardian’s Association, Nepal president Keshab Puri was of the view that if the State failed to ensure a total free education, community schools should be allowed to charge certain fees.

Nepal National Guardians’ Association’s Ram Prasad Neuapne proposed that State’s high-ranking people and government employees shall be mandated to send their children to community-schools.

Higher Secondary School Teachers Union Nepal (HISTUN) president Tika Prasad Neupane demanded the government fix teachers ‘ quotas for higher- secondary level education.

It may be noted that the registration of the Bill in the House of Representatives on September 13 sparked teacher’s Kathmandu-centered intense demonstration from September 20-22 at the call of Nepal Teachers’ Federation. The protest ended with the signing of the six-point agreement between the government and the agitating side on September 22.

However, teachers who are eligible for contribution-based pension and those appointed on the relief quota continue to protest at the local Maitighar citing that the agreement failed to address their concerns about professional rights and job security.

Source: National News Agency RSS