Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu on Tuesday said that taking decisions without consulting stakeholders are in no way acceptable and it is also difficult to implement.
He made the remark on University Grants Commission’s (UGC) recent decision of implementing semester system in all the universities of the country rather trimester method in a view-exchange meeting organised by Association of Private Universities of Bangladesh (APUB) on April 30 in Samson H Chowdhury auditorium of Dhaka Club.
The minister said: “Imposing directives is no solution and it does not result in better outcomes either. The authorities should have thought to what extent the directives are implementable before they had imposed them.”
In the meeting, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and trustee board chairman of Brac University, said: “The primary objectives of trimester system at the undergraduate level are to make it easier for students to fulfill their academic requirements and finish their degrees in time. The trimester system is very conducive for those who are unable to spend much time in studies as they find it financially challenging. Also, the system fits the international higher education standards very well.
He also said that in the semester system students are required to take more credits. In four years, they have to complete 130-150 credits, each consisting of three hours, while there is less credit pressure in the trimester method. On the other hand, students in the dual semester cannot make use of time in a productive way.
Among others, Hasanul Haq Inu, MP, trustee board chairman of Rabindra Maitree University; Shirajul Islam Mollah, MP, trustee board chairman of People’s University; Benajir Ahmed, trustee board chairman of North South University and also general secretary of the APUB; Dr Kazi Anis Ahmed, vice-chairman of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh; Dr Farashuddin, trustee board chairman of East West University and former governor of Bangladesh Bank; Rokeya Afzal Rahman, former advisor to a caretaker government; Sarwar Jahan, founder and chairman of Southern University; Abul Kahir Chowdhury, chairman of Eastern University; Dr Rezaul Alam, chairman of Northern University in Khulna; were present at the programme.