President Abdul Hamid has directed the University Grants Commission (UGC) to play an active role to ensure the accountability of all the universities as well as the quality of education.
The President made the call on Tuesday at the ‘UGC Gold Medal’ distribution ceremony at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka on Tuesday.
“Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman took the breakthrough decision of establishing the Commission to promote higher education across the country. The number of public and private universities in the country has now reached 150 with more than 39 lakh students enrolled there. Considering the number of students at the university level, Bangladesh has now achieved fourth place in the world after China, India and Indonesia,” the President said, adding that this is a huge achievement.
He praised the government initiatives for education and said the time-befitting education policy with far-reaching plans and their implementation made this possible.
“However, we have to put more emphasis the quality of the higher education, not in numbers so that our students can progress successfully in the global competition,” he said.
The President stressed on strict evaluation and supervision at every level of higher education.
“The role of the private universities for increasing the sphere of higher education is really praiseworthy. But commercialization in name of education will not be accepted,” the President mentioned.
Stressing on the extracurricular activities, the President said the education system must produce creative minds who will be able to promote the ideals of liberation war and patriotism.
A total of thirty-five academics received the ‘UGC Gold Medal’ for their fundamental research works and publications.
Among them, 18 teachers were given the award for the year 2016 and 17 for 2017. Each of the selected teachers got Tk 50,000 for their books and Tk 30,000 for their articles as honorarium along with a certificate and a gold medal.
University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh Chairman, Professor Abdul Mannan, presided over the ceremony with UGC Member Professor Dr Dil Afroza Begum delivering the address of welcome.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and Secretary of Secondary and Higher Education Division, Ministry of Education, Sohrab Hossain were present as the special guests.
Earlier in August 2018, the UGC changed the name of the UGC Award as UGC Gold Medal.