The University Grant Commission (UGC) will take an initiative in order to upgrade the quality of education given at public universities and hence promote the position of ranking in the international ratings. Professor Kazi Shahidullah, Chairman of UGC, came up with the statement at a meeting of Annual Performance Agreement programme concerning 46 public universities in the city on Thursday.
Among the Asia's 500 best universities, University of Dhaka is now ranked at the 127th position, while Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) is on the 175th position, according to the QS Asia University Ranking 2019, published on October 24 last year. The rating so far behind in the list have frustrated the country’s top academicians who expressed grave concerns with regard to bright students to seek quality education.
“UGC’s main task is to ensure quality of education in the academic institutions (public). However, it is noticed that the quality of education is gradually decreasing. We are now working on to improve the education system and so seek cooperation from all,” the UGC Chairman said. He said once the country’s public universities had better reputation among the Asian universities as they were ranked far better than what they show now.
“It is very unfortunate that we don’t have any position or ranking in the 1000 universities across the globe,” the UGC Chairman said. “There is no alternative but to ensuring quality education at public universities. Besides, if we want to become transparent and accountable at our respective work place, we do still believe it is possible for us to bring back our past glory in the public university education,” he said.