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Government colleges yet to come under public universities

  • Published at 01:37 am October 3rd, 2016
Government colleges yet to come under public universities
The process of bringing the government colleges under the authority of public universities, instead of the National University, has been delayed though Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave the order two years back. The matter has not been implemented as the government’s financial assistance has not been settled yet. While visiting the Education Ministry on August 31, 2014, the premier also said that the private colleges would remain under the National University. The colleges – both government and private – were brought under the National University umbrella after it was established in 1992. Nearly two million students are studying at 279 government colleges and 2,154 private colleges. When contacted, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid told the Dhaka Tribune that they were still working on the matter. “It cannot be done overnight. “We have already sent letters to the public universities to prepare themselves for accommodating the colleges. “Dhaka University wants to know how much financial support they will get from the government. So it is clear that we need extra funds to implement the scheme.” The minister added that the public universities would need new infrastructure and additional staff after they incorporate the government colleges. Prof Md Aktaruzzaman, pro-VC of Dhaka University, said that they were ready to take the charge. “If the government wants us to affiliate the government colleges to conduct exams and publish results, we are ready for the job. We are capable to take the charge because we used to do the same before the National University was established,” he told the Dhaka Tribune. “But the process will require financial support from the government,” he added. Last year, when a four-member delegation of the University Grants Commission led by its Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan called on the prime minister at her office, she again asked the officials concerned to reduce pressure on the National university by changing the existing system of higher studies.