UGC shuts evening courses at public universities
The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Wednesday directed concerned authorities to stop evening courses at all public universities saying that the courses tarnish the image of the educational institutions.
The UGC in a 13-point directive also said proper execution of vice chancellors' responsibilities, taking UGC's approval before opening a new department and position, follow university rules while giving employment and promotion, reads a letter issued by the UGC.
A letter in this regard, signed by Dr Dil Afroza Begum, member of UGC, has been sent to the vice-chancellors of all public universities.
The letter also reads all should conduct the financial activities as per government financial rules, work unitedly to ensure congenial atmosphere for education, ensure security at all university halls, offices and on the whole campus, take awareness programmes against sexual harassment, ragging, terrorism, drug, and militancy, complete admission, taking exams and publish result within scheduled time, update university websites with all update information about university activities, ensure transparency and accountability in academic, administration and financial activities and universities can get suggestions from the commission about any academic and admisitation activities.
The move came two days after President M Abdul Hamid came down heavily on the evening courses in public universities, saying that a section of teachers had turned universities into a business centre disrupting its overall academic environment.
"Different public universities have opened many departments, evening courses, diploma courses and institutes. Apart from the regular courses, many students are coming out successfully from such 'business course' and a section of teachers are getting cash benefit turning the university into a business institution," he told the 52th Convocation of Dhaka University (DU) on Monday.