University Grants Commission (UGC) held a view exchange meeting with the vice-chancellors of public universities regarding the current situation and other issues related to universities at UGC auditorium on Monday, 18 July. UGC chairman Professor Abdul Mannan presided over the meeting.
The meeting began with the observance of one minute silence in paying homage to the victims of the terrorist attacks in Gulshan and Sholakia. UGC chairman welcomed the vice-chancellors at the meeting. Vehemently condemning the militant activities at university level, the vice-chancellors said that university authorities will extend all kinds of help and assistance to the government to root out militancy and extremism. The vice-chancellors urged the UGC to play a pro-active role in solving the various problems of the universities and sought cooperation and assistance of the government about the overall security of the universities.
Vice-chancellors informed the UGC chairman of various professional demands of the teachers. Assuring the vice-chancellors regarding the demands, the chairman said that the demands are under active consideration of the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh. He informed the meeting that UGC will discuss the matter with the government at a convenient time. The chairman also urged the vice-chancellors to closely monitor militant activities and curb extremism at university levels.
UGC members Professor Dr Dil Afroza Begum, Professor Dr M Shah Nowaz Ali, Professor Dr Md Alauddin, president, Association of University of Bangladesh and Vice-Chancellor, Mowlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, vice-chancellors of different public universities, UGC Secretary Dr Md Khaled and high officials of UGC, among others were present.