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DU running too many evening programmes

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UNB, Dhaka :
What began in 2001 as an evening course under Dhaka University's business studies faculty for developing skills of professionals has witnessed an exponential growth over the past 17 years.
Now DU offers dozens of evening postgraduate, certificate, diploma and other professional courses at times jeopardising its core and regular academic activities.
Currently as many as 40 departments and institutions of the university are running such evening courses while more are in the offing. Such phenomenal growth in mostly short-term evening courses is now testing the capacity of the university as DU is running short of additional human resources to run so many evening programmes.
Noting that large number of evening courses hampering regular academic activities of DU, many studies and teachers fear that unless the situation is brought under control, the university's regular academic curriculum will be compromised.
The authority of Dhaka University (DU) first approved evening master's courses of business faculty in October 2001 while then Vice Chancellor Prof Dr. AK Azad Chowdhury was in the helm of the affairs.
The logic employed to rationalise the move was to spread higher education among professionals to enrich their knowledge and skill.

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