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4 December, 2017 00:00 00 AM
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17 private varsities still without VCs

HARUN UR RASHID
17 private varsities still without VCs

At least 17 private universities do not have vice-chancellors (VCs) appointed by the President, though the post is vital for ensuring transparency and accountability of the university, University Grants Commission (UGC) sources said. Eleven private universities out of the total 95 have recently taken the move to send a three-member panel's proposals to the education ministry for appointment of the VCs. Besides, eight universities—the International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT), Gono Biswabidyala, Sylhet International University, ZH Sikdar University of Science and Technology, Exim Bank Agriculture University, Britania University, NPI University of Bangladesh and the University of Creative Technology—have no VC, pro-VC or treasurer. On the other hand, the post of treasurer of 40 private universities is lying vacant for a long time and the authorities have no way to fulfil the vacancy, the UGC sources said.

In addition, the scenario of the pro-VC post is extremely bleak, as 56 private universities out of 95 have not taken any initiative to appoint pro-VCs for a long time.

As per the latest information of UGC, such a situationhas been found about vacancy of posts of VC, pro-VC and treasurer.

These three posts are extremely vital, and appointments are made by the President, who is also the Chancellor of the universities, after he gets the three-member panel's proposal for each post.

UGC sources said they have been urging private universities to send panel proposals since September last year for appointment of VC and pro-VC and Treasurer, but some of them are not paying heed to the call. This is violation of the Private University Act 2010.

The UGC sources said they would recommend to the education ministry to take necessary action against these universities for not

abiding by rules and regulations. Universities like IUBAT, Gono Biswabidyalay, BGC Trust University Bangladesh, Sylhet International University, Eastern University, United International University, Victoria University of Bangladesh, First Capital University of Bangladesh, ZH Sikdar University of Science and Technology, Exim Bank Agriculture University, Britania University, Bangladesh University of Health and Science, German University Bangladesh, University of Creative Technology have not taken any initiative to appoint VCs.

On the other hand, Women’s University, American International University, Asian University of Bangladesh, Manarat International University, South East University, State University of Bangladesh, Royal University of Dhaka, Feni University, North Bengal International University, Cox’s Bazar International University, Canadian University have sent panel proposals for appointment of VCs. Premier University and IBAIS University have conflict in the board of trustees, and litigation is going on in the court over the ownership of the universities.

The registrar of the BGC Trust University Bangladesh, ASM Akteruzzaman Kaisar, told The Independent that the tenure of their VC ended this month and they have sent the panel proposal to the  education ministry.

“The name of the current VC is in the panel proposal along with two other names,” he said. The registrar, however, said they do not have a pro-VC since the inception of their university and have not taken any decision yet in this regard.

Asked about the vacancy in the post of VC and treasurer as per the UGC data, the registrar of the Bangladesh University of Health and Science, Prof. Rowshan Ara, said: “We have a VC and treasurer appointed by the President. It might be communication gap. We will talk to the UGC.”  

“Some universities don’t feel the necessity for appointing VC, pro-VC and treasurer to carry out academic and administrative activities with proper accountability and transparency,” UGC chairman Prof. Abdul Mannan said yedterday.

“Universities not following the Act properly are playing with the lives of the young generation. We are giving advertisements regularly to make students and guardians aware before they take a decision on getting admitted to private universities,” he added.

 

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