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Private universities


THE University Grants Commission (UGC) once again came down heavily on a section of private universities. The UGC found that there are universities, which do not have classrooms, no full time teachers and no library.
Nearly 20 years ago private universities emerged with great promises. Over the years they have grown only numerically having very little positive impact on higher education.
A few months ago the UGC found that many of the private universities failed to meet the basic conditions. Some universities were served notices urging them to acquire their own campus and carry out overall improvement in infrastructure and performance. But nothing further was heard in the matter. In the mean time, some more universities have entered the field.
Universities are growing in numbers phenomenally. But unfortunately the institutions have failed to uphold the dignity of higher education by reducing themselves to mere moneymaking projects. We do not understand how the persons behind these can think of running universities depending on part-timers from public universities.
Their academic programmes are also very narrow. Only a few so-called market-based subjects are taught. But for departments, these universities do not keep regular teachers.
We believe, there are some universities, which are maintaining real standard. They are running their business with quality intakes and quality teachers. Some have links with foreign universities where students are enjoying credit transfer facilities. And their students are doing well in the job market.
But for the defaulters, the good institutions are also suffering. The UGC should be careful in giving permission to new private universities. Too many universities in apartment buildings in pure residential areas have created a jungle. The UGC should not only identify problems, but also take actions against offenders.
Rahim Uddin Ahmed
Jigatola, Dhaka