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Brac University seeks name change to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed University

The proposal specified the new name as Sir Fazle Hasan Abed University, with the abbreviated name Abed University

Update : 10 Jul 2023, 10:39 PM

The Board of Trustees (BoT) of Brac University wishes to change the name of the university to pay tribute to late Brac founder Sir Fazle Hasan Abed.

The decision to rename the university as Sir Fazle Hasan Abed University was taken at the 31st meeting of the BoT on October 31, 2019, when Sir Abed was still alive. He died on December 20 the same year.

The meeting was chaired by BoT Chairperson Tamara Hasan Abed with nine other members present.

Three years after the decision, the Brac University authorities began the official process of changing the name by seeking permission from the Secondary and Higher Education Division under the Ministry of Education on May 28.

The proposal specified the new name as Sir Fazle Hasan Abed University, with the abbreviated name Abed University.

The Secondary and Higher Education Division has written to the University Grants Commission (UGC) for its opinion on the name change.

Why change the name?

According to BoT sources who attended the meeting, BRAC University Vice-Chancellor and President Vincent Chang placed a proposal to rename the university. Both the academic council and the university syndicate endorsed the proposal to rename the university as a recognition of the contribution of Brac's visionary founder. 

BoT Chairperson Tamara Abed asked the trustees individually if they were in favour of the name change, and all of them were in favour.

BoT member AMR Chowdhury said: “There could not be a better way to honour Fazle's unique legacy.” 

Later, Brac University Registrar Dr David Dowland sent the proposal to the Ministry of Education.

Bureaucratic hurdles

After seeking the opinion of the Ministry of Education regarding the name change, the UGC authorities sent the application to the law cell of the UGC for opinion.

According to sources at the UGC law cell, changing the renaming of the university could take some time, as the Private Universities Act 2010 does not allow for a university to change its name while educational programs are ongoing.

Some students and alumni members have expressed concerns that the name change may create complications with documentation, but others were happy with the name change to honour the Brac founder.

Brac University Registrar Dr David Dowland has assured the Education Ministry that the university will take appropriate measures to support any former students who need academic certificates, degrees, or confirmation letters reissued.

Brac University was established in 2001 and currently has around 8,000 students studying in it.

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