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5 December, 2017 00:00 00 AM
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No VC in 17 universities

No VC in 17 universities

The finding is rather shocking – seventeen private run universities do not have VCs. There is more: fifty-six are without pro-VC’s and forty have vacant posts for treasurers. The picture is a telling reminder of the aberrations affecting a large section of tertiary education. There is cause for worry because it appears these institutions in question are flouting the rules set out clearly by the UGC (University Grants Commission) with cavalier indifference.

Obviously, the concern is more for the rising number of students entering university level education with the sole purpose of getting a degree from a socially accredited institution. Understandably, when an institution does not have the right people at the top places, its social acceptability plus the credibility of the certificate it provides, suffer.

The ultimate losers are the young men and women, who find later in life, for no fault of their own, that the academic credentials of his/her alma mater are deemed dubious.

But having empty vital posts is not the only anomaly afflicting many private run universities. For starters, there is the issue of a proper campus. Some institutions are simply hired out apartment buildings with living spaces converted to class rooms; others have scattered buildings right in the heart of a bustling city.

On top of this, in recent times, several well-known private universities have created unsavoury news for teacher-administration rifts over non-payment and irregular payment of wages.  In one such case, when a respected teacher was assaulted by the administration of a university, students took to the streets to protest.  Reportedly, in the end, the teacher left the institution to save his dignity.

From time to time, there have been reports that while private run universities are prompt in taking the fees from students, there is a marked lethargy in paying teachers. While in other cases, the amount paid is derisory.

To look into other disturbing trends, some institutions have been proved to be fertile grounds for fomenting divisive social rhetoric, leading to destructive behaviour.

It’s an undeniable fact that the private university phenomenon, which began in the early 1990s as a way to provide top class education to the upper middle segment of society, has in many cases morphed into a crass money making enterprise, steeped in problems.

Their niche allure of the enviable early years is frayed and unless the latest issue regarding vacant lead posts is addressed, the overall reputation will slide further. Let us be forewarned: the sufferers will the nation and countless young people whose university degrees will be looked with askance.

 

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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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