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20 recommendations of UGC for improving the quality of universities

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recommended concerted efforts to improve the quality of university teachers in the country and to reach the desired level of universities. In addition, it has been recommended to formulate a policy in line with the global ranking determinants of universities.

The UGC makes these recommendations in their ’47th Annual Report-2020′. The country’s universities principal and president. Abdul Hamid was given the report from UGC on 30 December 2021.

The report recommends setting up three institutions at the initiative of UGC as part of the government’s ‘Strategic Plan for Higher Education in Bangladesh: 2018, 2030’. In addition, the University Teachers Training Academy and the Central Research Laboratory for researchers have been recommended for the Foundation Training of University Teachers.

UGC member Prof. Mohammad Alamgir told the media, “We are conducting a feasibility study for the three institutions that have been recommended. Without an autonomous body, these institutions will not be able to function properly. Policy on how to keep researchers in the country, how researchers can benefit; That institution will also work with these. ‘

The UGC recommended that in order to increase and raise the standard of higher education, uniform policies for recruitment and promotion of teachers should be formulated in all public universities of the country.

Other recommendations

  • In order to meet the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, collaboration between universities and industry must be enhanced. To this end, the government may instruct universities to take necessary steps to produce qualified graduates through the introduction of demand-oriented, purpose-oriented and focus-based programs.
  • The allocation in the national budget for higher education should be increased. In addition to allocating funds to increase the infrastructural and laboratory facilities of the universities, results based curriculum can also be formulated.
  • Every university in the country needs to take effective steps to create an integrated university information management platform. Ensure transparency and accountability in the financial management of universities through enterprise resource software.
  • Initiatives can be taken to formulate an ‘Integrated Financial Policy and Manual’ by upholding the autonomy of the university in accordance with the financial regulations of the government in public universities.
  • The government’s allocation for higher education in the country is only 0.6 percent of the national budget. Which is inadequate in any judgment. Therefore, the government can take necessary steps for financing by identifying sectoral allocations for higher education in the national budget.
  • It is necessary to take initiative to allocate 2% of the national budget in the higher education sector by 2022 and 6% by 2030.
  • On the ‘branch campuses’ of non-existent foreign universities, news of student admissions at the Bachelor, Masters, MPhil and even PhD levels is often reported in the media. It is also illegal to establish or operate any private university in Bangladesh without obtaining a temporary permit or certificate. The establishment and operation of branch campuses of reputed foreign universities may be allowed to a limited extent. However, for their supervision, it is necessary to amend the existing rules, ‘Rules of Management of Foreign University or Branch Campus or Study Center, 2014’.
  • Research activities can be started by discussing between the universities and industrial institutes of the country. The university will receive the necessary funds for research from the industry. As a result, product quality can be enhanced and diversified.
  • The incidence of plagiarism is increasing in the research of the universities of the country. As there is no policy in this regard, the issue of theft of research papers cannot be defined. Therefore, it is necessary to formulate specific policies on plagiarism.
  • In addition, universities may take initiatives to make the use of software (such as Turnitin) mandatory for quality control and supervision of research work in educational and research institutions and to develop such software for Bengali research papers and books.
  • Evening / Weekend / Executive courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level in public and private universities are having a negative impact on the overall functioning of the university. It is important to close such courses. However, diploma, short courses, vocational and training programs may be conducted with the prior approval of UGC as per specific policy.
  • A four-year bachelor’s degree at the higher education level in the country can be considered as a ‘marginal degree’.
  • Due to the lack of infrastructural facilities and qualified teachers at the postgraduate level, the admission process can be maintained through open competition without leaving the opportunity of direct admission to the Masters program after obtaining the degree. The government can also formulate an integrated policy in this regard.
  • It is important to increase awareness in the universities against all forms of sexual harassment, eve-teasing, physical and mental abuse, bullying, ragging, drugs and militancy as well as increase social and cultural activities to create a conducive environment for the practice of free will. Any teacher, student, officer-employee so that Sanbi
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