BUTF Coordinator and DU physics department teacher Prof Kamrul Hasan Mamun said: 'The guidelines are a blueprint to destroy our higher education system'
The Bangladesh University Teachers' Forum (BUTF) has raised objection to the uniform guidelines for all public and autonomous universities proposed by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
Some 300 teachers from different public universities expressed their resentment over the development at a human chain held under the BUTF banner at TSC intersection in Dhaka University (DU) on Thursday.
They termed the UGC guidelines contradictory to the ideology of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Claiming that only university teachers deserve to formulate such guidelines, BUTF Coordinator and DU physics department teacher Prof Kamrul Hasan Mamun said: “The guidelines are a blueprint to destroy our higher education system.”
“Those supporting the new guidelines have little idea about how a university functions,” he said, demanding that the teacher recruitment process be made tougher, instead of a relaxed one.
“Education Ministry and the UGC are trying to impose their decision for their own interest. A university will finalize what kind of teachers it will recruit and how, which is normal,” he added.
Kamrul recalled that running universities in an autonomous manner was a political and ideological decision of Bangabandhu. “But modifying that decision is a bureaucratic interference.”
According to the guidelines approved by Education Minister Dipu Moni on August 25, all teachers will be recruited and promoted under the homogeneous UGC policy prepared back in 2017.
Including the provision for contractual appointment of Bangladeshi teachers currently working abroad, the guidelines will soon be sent to the Prime Minister's Office for the final go-ahead.