According to the University Grants Commission (UGC) Annual Report 2016, 86 private universities in Bangladesh have placed more emphasis on research than before, resulting in a rise in research expenditure.
Although the report has not been published yet, the information was made available via UGC sources.
UGC Chairman Professor Abdul Mannan believes that this is a positive development as universities are paying more attention to research, something that will lift the academic standards.
“It is positive that there has been an increase in expenditure in this sector. As more budget is being allocated [for research], more is spent,” he told the Bangla Tribune.
According to the commission sources, back in 2015, only 57 private universities had more or less allocated budget and conducted research. This changed in 2016 when academic institutions became more focused on research. As a result, the number of universities in the study increased to 64.
The UGC Annual Report 2015 detailed that 57 universities had spent Tk80.81 as research expenditure, with an average of Tk1.52 crore. During that period, Brac University had spent the most in this regard, with their expenditure being Tk26.98 crore.
Meanwhile, UGC sources have said that 64 institutions have increased their research expenditure in 2016.
In the year 2016, the expenditure had gone up to Tk93.36 crore, with an average spending of Tk1.45 crore. Yet again, Brac University had spent the most, with an amount of Tk45.85 crore. //NOTE: BRAC HAS SPENT NEARLY AS MUCH AS ALL THE OTHERS PUT TOGETHER? PLEASE CHECK THE FIGURES.//
The increased funding of research has been tagged as positive reinforcement in the 2016 UCG report. The report states that since private universities have begun paying more attention to research, there has been an increase in allocation for research in 2016, compared to 2015.
It is expected that universities would do even better if they continued leaning towards research, the report said.
This article was first published on Bangla Tribune