'Kurigram Agricultural University Bill-2021' has been passed in the Jatiya Sangsad (JS), to set up an agricultural university in Kurigram with a view of advancing in the field of agricultural science and for higher education and research in the country.
The bill was passed by voice vote when Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni raised it in the JS on Wednesday. Earlier, Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury disposed of the public opinion polls on the bill, sent them to the selection committee and amended the proposals.
The bill was tabled in JS on June 28. It was later sent to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Education for examining and filing a report within a month.
According to the bill, the university will take necessary steps for teaching and research and training at various undergraduate and postgraduate levels in agricultural sciences. In addition to educational activities, the university will provide exhibitions on sustainable agricultural technology and high-yield agricultural products, the bill said.
Regarding the purpose and reasons of the bill, the Education Minister said it will conduct education, research, training and extension activities at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in various fields of higher education. Moreover, it is very necessary and reasonable to establish ‘Kurigram Agricultural University’ with the aim of creating new entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector at home and abroad through business incubators of this university, expanding employment and transforming the country into a developed one within the stipulated time through economic growth.
Meanwhile, quoting “The educational activities of the university were closed” incorrect Dipu Moni said educational activities were fully ongoing through television and online, even though the classroom was closed for the last 17 months.
She also said universities are conducting tests online and there is no scope to face a session jam.
Mentioning the people's interest in technical education is growing, she further said, “There was nothing to experiment with in PSC and JSC. We are moving to a new curriculum and we will do whatever is up-to-date.”