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Low budget affects research work at JnU

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Low budget affects research work at JnU

Jagannath University’s (JnU's) budgetary allocation for research in the last few years has been almost zero, resulting in the lack of much-needed equipment in the laboratories of the different departments of the Science Faculty.  Moreover, there has been no allocation  for the development of the departments, even though additional fees are collected from students for both lab and departmental development. The paucity of lab equipment and chemical products has stagnated the research environment, say insiders.

Teachers and students say they have to travel daily to and from the university in the absence of residential facilities. Owing to frequent back-to-back exams, they often have to forego the afternoon bus on their way home. After a long day, they do not get enough time to prepare for research.

Despite such problems, a teacher of the university, along with his team, in December last year created an innovative method to recycle discarded plastic bags by converting them into liquid fuel oil.  The invesntor, Dr Md Mahmudur Rahman, who is also an assistant professor  of the chemistry department, claims that the output can be separated by means of fractional distillation and sold for Tk. 30 per litre.

Dr Kazi Saifuddin, Dean of the Life and Earth Science Faculty, feels a shortage of professors has emerged as the main hindrance to doing research. Mabia Disha, a final-year student of the geography department, said: “We want to carry out environmental and climatic research. But we don’t have any central laboratory that can inspire us to make something better.”

Mahmudur Rahman, assistant professor of the chemistry department, said: “The amount of money given for research is not enough. In addition, poor content, inadequate equipment, and lack of chemical products lead to unsatisfactory research by students.”

When contacted, VC Mijanur Rahman said: “In the last session, JnU received Tk. 1.46 crore for research. If we can utilise the sum properly for research, we'll get a bigger sum next session.”

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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