Friday, April 19, 2019 | ePaper

We doubt the competence and capacity of UGC to bring quality change in public universities

  • Print

VICE-CHANCELLORS of the country's public universities on Wednesday in a discussion with the University Grants Commission (UGC) opened the Pandora's Box of diverse irregularities of teacher recruitment and promotion. Though reciprocal in nature, the criticism of one VC to another in recruiting less qualified candidates in exchange of money, political affiliation, and/or nepotism, and promotion to higher ranks that pulled down the quality education in higher echelons in absence of uniform guideline exposed incredible sorry saga. Definitely, there were some rules and regulations for recruitment and promotion as per the university statutes, but when Senate, syndicate, and academic council -all are controlled by ruling party men, check and balance system and accountability must be withered away. During the regime, the quality education in university fall due to political intervention and quality compromise that needs around half a century to heal.
News media, quoting the meeting, reported that the common irregularities include appointing more teachers than the posts advertised, recruiting less qualified candidates leaving the deserving ones and promoting teachers even though they don't meet the required criteria are common phenomena in public universities. The VC of Jagannath University, also a post holding member of the ruling party's youth wing, said Dhaka University recruited many teachers who did not even have the minimum qualifications, while many deprived candidates for Jagannath University said the VC recruits only the candidates who have post in Chhatra League, can bribe or hail from Barishal. There are some universities where a teacher has become a professor with only 10 years of teaching experience while VC of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology said anarchy is going on in the public universities over the recruitment and promotion as certain universities follow certain guidelines.
We welcome the initiative --- the meeting for formulating uniform guidelines for mandatory written test for recruiting teachers, incentives to best teachers, strengthening UGC and ensuring accountability. But we are still doubtful about competence and capacity of UGC for making any quality change.

More News For this Category

Power politics in Egypt

A HUGE majority of Egypt's MPs on April 16 approved constitutional amendments to allow President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in power until 2030. The amendments were initially introduced in February, however after

Their sorrows need someone to listen

AFTER road accidents or launch capsize, the High Court usually orders the responsible persons to compensate the victims or victims' families but the court orders have rarely been executed. Even

Target zero fire hazards

Engr. Mahbubur Rahman :The fire incidents are becoming more tragic and more frequent nowadays. We have to be determined to eliminate or, at least to bring them down within a

Sufferings of BD migrant workers in Brunei

RACKETS of brokers have been controlling recruitment of workers from Bangladesh in Brunei, resulting in manpower recruitment in jeopardy. Bangladesh mission officials in Bandar Seri Begawan said brokers take possession

Urgent steps needed to check outbreak of diarrhoea

AT the advent of summer this year, the number of diarrhoea patients has already crossed the recent records. International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, and the other city hospitals

Strategic goals of Israel

Rayhan Ahmed Topader :For more than six months, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have protested along the fence with Israel demanding their right to return to the homes and land

Ilhan Omar faces life threat

Alex Kantrowitz :Twitter left up tweets threatening Rep. Ilhan Omar's life over the weekend so law enforcement could investigate them.Omar on Sunday said that threats on her life have increased

Readers’ Forum

We must stand against hate crimesRecently I have gone through a report which provided a comparative overview of legal and policy responses to 'hate speech' in six EU countries: Austria,

Court order not followed!

INCIDENTS of sexual harassment in educational institutions go unabated across the country as a High Court order issued in 2009 for installing a Complaint Committee at every institution is not

Save the state-owned jute mills

WORKERS of state-owned jute mills across the country withdrew their 96-hours strike last night after the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) agreed to some of their demands. The decision came