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15 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 14 March, 2019 10:48:12 PM
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Private universities must maintain standard

Private universities must maintain standard

Education at the tertiary level has seen a revolutionary change in the last two decades with private academic institutions opening up to millions of students passing the HSC level. Once the country’s higher level education was limited to public universities and colleges though that changed in the early 90s with the private university emerging with the sole aim of providing quality education within a stipulated time, offering state of the art learning facilities.

When the private university phenomenon began, it was mainly for the socially established families who could afford the high fees, though with many universities coming to the scene over time, the ensuing competition created a relatively reasonable tuition fees in most institutions.

However, in recent times, the cachet of private university education has diminished somewhat due to falling education standard, appointment of unskilled people, absence of proper creativity building activities and an unfortunate degradation of widely publicised top class education into a dubious one.

There have been allegations that many universities operate only to give a certificate while the students hardly learn anything. On the other hand, universities are also accused of not paying enough to retain qualified teachers with incidents of teachers protesting for higher pay not uncommon.  In these circumstances, it’s imperative that the private universities discard their lackadaisical approach to education and make their programmes cohesive, comprehensive and heuristic.

Many universities do not have campuses, sporting engagements or extra-curricular activities. These areas need to be given special attention and universities must bring overseas experts and specialists to interact with students. When the private universities started, bringing foreign teachers for short lectures or courses was common practice which enhanced the reputation of the institution and gave the students a chance to have sessions with well-known foreign teachers.

This practice has to be revived and the universities should also seek out experts in different fields as teachers and not just people solely from academic background. Many public universities follow this rule, and offer specialized courses for students taught by professionals.

 In Bangladesh the reality is that unless a student has a degree from a public university or one of the top few private ones, interview calls become rare. This is because a general perception of dissatisfaction persists around private university education. To ensure this attitude does not become the belief, private universities have to offer all-encompassing education and not just certificates.  

 

 

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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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