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2 January, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Rajshahi University

Academic activities badly hampered by inadequate infrastructure

RU Correspondent

The academic activities of Rajshahi University (RU) are being badly hampered by inadequate numbers of classrooms, teachers’ chambers, seminar rooms, laboratory rooms and washrooms. Again, most classrooms in the university are not large enough to accommodate all the students of a class. The students usually gather at the teachers’ rooms, and the teachers ask them  where they would like to attend the class. The students search for a free room, which accordingly serves as the classroom. Sources said the academic activities of the university are also being badly hampered as new subjects are started every year without ensuring adequate infrastructural arrangements. Besides, the books required by several departments are not available in the country.

The physical education and sports sciences (PESS) department started from the 2015–16 academic session with seven part-time teachers and 30 students. But now it has more than 80 students. A further 30 students will be added from the 2017–18 session to the department on January 21.

It has no permanent classroom, no permanent teacher, and lacks a seminar hall, a library, washrooms, a laboratory room, research facilities and practical materials. Relevant books are not available in the country. As a result, its academic activities are being badly affected.

It was found that in the absence of an academic room, students primarily take shelter inside three rooms at the university stadium. There is only a single permanent teacher while 15 other guest teachers from several departments of the campus are currently taking classes and holding examinations. These guest teachers include two from the sociology department, two from political science, three from physical education, two from psychology, one from Bangla, three from physics and one from botany.

A single washroom is currently being used by the teachers, officials, employees and even male and female students of the department.

While one of the rooms is being used for its chairman, teachers, officials and staffers, the other two rooms are being used for academic activities. These are too small and narrow to accommodate the huge numbers of students.

Students alleged that they attend classes and appear for exams under the open sky, and have no elements on which they can practice.

Md Sumon, a first-year student of the department, said he took admission here with a dream to became a national-level cricket player but his dream was shattered when he saw the myriad problems besetting this department.

Prof. Dr Shahidul Islam, one of the professors of the university, said he was trying his best to collect the books prescribed in the syllabus from abroad as none of these books is available in the country. He has requested the university authorities to allocate rooms, but they have not paid any heed yet.

The major problems here are the funds crunch, the shortage of permanent teachers and shoddy infrastructural facilities, he pointed out.

Yet, last year, the university authorities added 50 seats to the newly opened law and land administration department, 30 seats in the physical education and sports science department, 50 seats in the BBA programme of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), 25 seats for clinical physiology, 30 for electrical and electronics engineering, 45 seats in the printing and oriental  mural painting department, 30 seats of pottery and sculpture, and 45 seats for crafts and art history.  Besides, 56 seats had been added to banking and insurance and 34 seats to international relations in the previous academic session.

Sources said that the fine arts department had become a faculty in 2015, with three new wings.

A top-ranking official of the administration said: “A few new departments will be opened by 2018 as demand for these subjects is rising in the job market.” However, he refused to divulge the names of the subjects.

University pro vice-chancellor Prof Dr Ananda Kumar Saha admitted to all these crises, saying they are trying to solve the problems. “But these problems will take time to solve,” he added.

He, however, denied that new departments would be opened, adding that the authorities concerned would try and recruit more teachers and officials as soon as possible in accordance with university rules and regulations.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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