UGC urges VCs to enhance quality of edn

The University Grant Commission (UGC) on Tuesday urged the vice-chancellors (VC) of all public and private universities to appoint eligible teachers in a bid to ensure quality education.

“There will be no qualitative change in higher education without hiring qualified teachers,” said Prof Kazi Shahidullah, Chairman of UGC. He made the comment while addressing a workshop on current status and future of ‘Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC)’ at UGC Bhaban in Agargoan.

He said, “The quality of education in public and private universities is gradually declining. Besides, the teaching quality of teachers is also decreasing.”

“In many public and private universities’ recruitment process, the qualification of the teachers is not give due priority. If right person is not recruited at the universities, then it is not possible to overcome this situation with technology only,” he added.

The UGC Chairman said, “The higher education of the can only reach its target if we recruit those persons in teaching whom are responsible and qualified. The quality of education cannot be enhanced only by increasing the facilities of teachers. The lost image of our higher education must be restored with the concerted effort.”

Warning the private universities, UGC Chairman said, “Private university authorities will not be given ground if they engage in irregularities. They must follow the rules and regulations to introduce new subject and admit students.”

Three private universities have been penalised for admitting additional number of students, Shahidullah informed.  

He said that if the irregularities could not be achieved by the private universities, the UGC would have to comply with the UGC's permission and rules to introduce the subject and admit students. 

UGC Member, Professor Muhammad Alamgir presided over the workshop.

Vice-Chancellors from 42 private universities, UGC member Professor Dil Afroza Begum, UGC Member Professor Md Sajjad Hossain and Bangladesh Accreditation Council Member Professor Sanjay Kumar Odhikari, UGC and IQAC directors were present at the workshop. 

At the workshop, Professor Alamgir said, “UGC does not differentiate between public and private universities in the country. Those who will ensure quality education in future, people will accept them and those universities will be rewarded.”

About IQAC, he said, “It will add a new dimension to ensure the quality of education in university level. IQAC will play a leading role to progress the country’s universities in world ranking.”

He also said that there is no alternative to ensuring quality education in higher educational institutions for implementing Vision 2041 of the government. 

In future, the higher education programs in the country will be conducted based on outcome of education, he added.