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MBBS admission, New Rule and Students Protest August 14, 2012

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The Health Minister Dr. Ruhul Hoque suddenly declared that the MBBS admission will be on the basis of HSC GPA score. Students poured into the streets in thousands and protested against the rule.

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14/8/2012
The students demonstrated their protests for the second consecutive day at Shahid Minar, in front of press club and at Shahbag square. The High Court also asked the government to reply why the decision wouldn’t be reverted.

BUET in Crisis July 15, 2012

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BUET teachers and students are taking oath at Shahid Minar

The teachers and students of BUET (Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology) are in a all out movement to oust VC and Pro-VC. The employees and Alumni also joined the movement. Earlier 24 senioir teachers including 16 chairman of Departments, 5 deans of Faculties and 3 Directors of Institutions have resigned from their posts in protest against the irregularities of VC and Pro-VC.
Actually the movement started 2 years back and the attention of the Government was tried to be drawn to the situation but in vein.

2 months back, when the BUET teachers were in strike, they went back to take classes on the assurance from the Prime Minister. 2 months gone, but the situation worsens. The teachers failed to get the appointment of Prime Minister to discuss their sorrow. They declared to start fresh agitation if their demands are not met. The PM then gave her kind hearing to current VC Nazrul Islam and asked him to continue dialogue with the Syndicate. But the teachers don’t like to sit with the present administration.

A judicial inquiry was proposed that is also rejected by the teachers. They now want to meet with the Prime Minister or the President and their demands come to a single demand – the removal of VC and Pro-VC.

BUET is our pride. It is the best university in the country and has the best ranking among our universities.

The crisis BUET is deepening and if it is not solved in time, it will be an embarrassment for the Government also.

We hope that PM Sk Hasina or the President who is the Chancellor of the University will take proper action immediately and save the university and save the nation.

An ordinary citizen

Turmoils in Universities May 4, 2012

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No classes in JU for last 4 months. Students and a section of teachers are in movement for removal of VC. The students are boycotting classes behind the banner of United Cultural Front. Cultural activists and distinguished citizens are coming to the campus to be informed of the situation and to express their support for agitating students. The students as their last resort started hunger strike unto death. Questions arise about the background, process of selection and integrity of the VC. As the situation is turning from bad to worse, PM asked the two factions to meet with her. It is not to forgrt that Jubayer, a student of English department was brutally killed by his opponents in Student League due to intra-party feud in JU.
Teachers of BUET are not attending classes for the last 1 month, again for removal of VC. Here the students are not yet involved and expressed their frustration over the situation.
In CU, the Shibir and Student League are in sporadic clashes since long. 2 students were also killed few weeks back in the conflict. The situation RU is also same.
In DU, the election for DUCSU is pending for the last 12 years. A writ petition is submitted in the High Court for holding the election.

Though, the Education Minister did some remarkable improvement in school and college level, but he could have little influence on the public university campuses.

Concern people opined that the best way to come out from this stagnation and irregularities would be to appoint VC on election basis. Then no one will challenge their competence and doubt their acceptability.

An ordinary citizen

Follow up
5/5/2012
The agitating students JU broke their hunger strike on the hope given by the PM that their demands will be considered. Sarah Sarewar Kobori, a member of the senate made the plea to the students on behalf of PM. The university also goes into summer vacation one month earlier.
Classes of BUET are also starting from day after tomorrow as the teachers agreed to withdrew the strike on the assurance of the PM.
20/5/2o12
JU VC Prof Sharif Enamul Kabir resigned from his post after months of agitation by the students and teachers. Prof Anwar Hussain of Dhaka University was appointed in his post by the Chancellor.

Dhaka University : Cancelled admission test raises questions November 28, 2011

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The result of admission test of commerce faculty of Dhaka University for graduation courses is camcelled. The test was held on 28th October 2011 . The result was published on 31st October,2011 but the result was republished on 2nd November 2011 on the plea of some students. Then hundreds of students objected to the published result and the second result was cancelled by the Dean Committee. Then on 21st novemebr , the university administration decided to hold the admission test on 9th December.2011

12 students filed petition in the High Court on 22 November 2011 challenging the republished result.

The High Court asked Professor Jafar Iqbal, a renowned educationist for an expert opinion on the issue jn the court on 28/11/2011.

Total exercise raised some questions and confusions. How is it possible in a university like Dhaka University that claims to be the highest seat of learning in the country did such a blunder in a admission test that needed to be cancelled . How on earth it is possible for question setters to leave 6 questions unanswered in the answer script. How on earth it is possible to make mistake in answers in 6 questions where not a single teacher but a group of teachers are assigned.

Who to blame ? The teachers who were primarily made the script or the committee that were assigned the job? Or was the university authority biased in selecting the teachers and made the wrong selection in preparing the questions puting aside the competent teachers?

How will the university authority console the students who are undergoing the agony that arises out of the situation? How will they compensate the loss of oppotunity or years that would affect many of the students who appeared in the exam and then are going to miss?

How will compensate the financial losses that was incurred on the parents?

Is the lapse in the admission test an isolated incident or a sign of continuation of deterioration in the academic administration of the public universities whole?

The university authority should seek apology from the nation and the responsible for the lapses should be punished.

An ordinary citizen

Follow up:
28/11/2011i
Dr. Jafar Iqbal gave his opinion in the court against taking a new admission test and suggested to reassess the old answer scripts leaving aside the controversial questions.

31/11/2011
High Court has given the judgment against holding the exam again and formed a 3 member committee to reassess the scripts and publish the result.

4/12/2011
Dhaka University VC said they are filing petition against the judgment of High Court according to the decision of the Syndicate.

8/12/2011
Supreme Court allowed Dhaka University to hold fresh admission test but no new application will be allowed.
Dhaka University authority declared to hold the exam on 20th December, 2011.

Digital Bangladesh: Waiting for a low-priced laptop October 9, 2011

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About a year ago our honrable Prime Minister declared that Govt is launching a low priced laptop in a short time at a price affordable to all.

Telephone Shilpa Sangstha expressed that they are producing soon laptop ranging from 7000 to 15000 of 3 different catagoties. 
In this regard,TSS joined with 2M Corporations Ltd, Dhaka and TFT Technology, Malaysia to assemble and 
and produce laptop and notebook.

Tn a recent news, we are informed that India has launhd the cheapest laptop in the world.

Telecom Minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju said in parliament in July, 2011 that Bangladesh will market the laptop soon. Now,it is said that it will hit the market by Oct 15, 2011 and the value are reset at Taka 10000/-,12000/- and 25000/-

The cheaper laptop will be a strong founfation for our dream of ‘Digital Bangladesh for which we are striving hard. We hope that the laptop will be of standard enough to withstand the competition from outside.

We are eagerly waiting.

An ordinary citizen

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News- PM unveils low-priced laptop in Bangladesh

Internet Festival and Safety of Internet for Children October 8, 2011

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Grameen Phone and Prothom Alo is organising internet festival s across the country. Many such festivals has already organised at dfferent places of the country with enthusiastic partcipation from the young and the children.

It seems that one of the main targets of the festival organizers are the school children.

8ut still the internet is not safe for the children. Their temder mind is not strong or mature enough to refrain themselves from exploring the forbidden sites.

The education of children in school is still class room based. I would rather prefer teachers for limited use internet in the classrom where teachers can control the time and contents of the display.

The motive of Grameen Phone is not absoluty driven by social good, it may have a coomercial interest behind the move.

And Prothom Alo took the opportunity to promote itself through the event.

Using the internet freely by the children before making it safe for the children, would be tentamountt to kill our culture and it will serve no purpose of education.

Let Grameen Phone use their excess fund and Prothom Alo their goowill to invest in a research to make the internet safer for the children.

An ordinary citizen.

Websites: public vs private universities September 4, 2011

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I had to look into the websites of the universities in Bangladesh. I had to frustrate myself when I browsed the internet for the purpose. Even the website of the Dhaka University is not updated , not to tell the other universities. The website is disorganised, short of information and unimpressive.

I had searched the websites of the private universities also. I looked into the the AIUB, NSU and AUST. I was rather pleased by brosing the websites of these universities. The informations are more or less complete and the web sites are well designed. One could easily informed of the aim and objectives, course & curriculum, tuition and expenses, waiver and scholarships of the universities etc in the websites.

The private university website should also provide the results and assessment of the students so that guardians could see the progress of their wards.

Regarding the poor status of the websites of the public universities, we womder what the computer departments and the administration of these universities are doing !

We also wonder when the Bangladesh will be a digital Bangladesh if the public universities that are supported 100% by the government, remain so backward in designing and updating their websites.

An ordinary citizen

Santiniketan, Rabindranath & Bangladesh June 3, 2010

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One of the greatest achievements of Rabindranth Tagore is transforming Santiniketan, 180 km from Kolkatta  into a great hub of  educational institutions of his time .He first started Pantha Bhavan, a seat of early education. Then in1921 , he transformed it into Visva-Bharati. In his lifetime, many illustrious teachers came to Santiniketan to teach in Visva Bharati. Many brilliant students also studied in this institution. In 1951, Visva-Bharati became Visva-Baharati University. The son of Rabindranath, Rathindranath Tagore became the first VC of the university. BV University is now one of the best universities of India.

The vision of Rabindranath was to develop an institution of education where the students will learn their lessons in a more natural environment. He also thought of the rural people and introduced curriculum which would lead to scientific research in Agriculture.

With time there had been change and extension of Visva Bharati and I am not sure how far the original philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore could have been kept intact.

Recently the PM of Bangladesh expressed in a meeting to establish Santiniketan in Bangladesh. The idea is good but it will be hard to copy the vision of the poet at a time when the state of the universities In Bangladesh is very pathetic. The Government should first try to give a respectable shape to the already running universities in Bangladesh.

An ordinary citizen

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Private University Law to be promulgated in Bangladesh March 5, 2010

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AL Government is mulling to introduce a private university bill in the parliament to regulate the activities of the private universities and to ensure their healthy growth.

The ordinary citizen had also a little experience of working in a private university and had first-hand exposure to the attitude of the owners and irregularities in the acitivites of the private universities.

Due to lack of strong monitoring of the Private Universities, some make it a business in Bangladesh. You would get very few private universities who are maintaining requisite standard for a university but most of them are collecting exuberant fees.

Fisrt Private University ordinance was adopted in 1992. Then it was modified in 1998 with few changes. As rhe ordinance was not fulfilling the need of the changing time, a revision of the rules was long due. The past Caretaker Government also prepared a proposal but it didn’t promulgated into law.

The new government has prepared a draft law and will be soon placed in the Parliament to pass it as a law. The draft proposed to increase the power of the VC who should be a carrier academician with long 20 years of experience. The syndicate will have 10-12 members and there will one representative from the ministry and one from UGC in the syndicate.

As always, the President of the owners association of the private universities criticised the attempt of the govt to regulate the private universities by promulgating a new law.

We hope that the government will take necessary steps to make the private universities more people- oriented and contibuting positively to the society.

An ordinary citizen

Progress:
23/03/10
University ordinance falls in uncertainity

Centralised admission test for private medical colleges in Bangladesh- a positive step October 30, 2009

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The Government has taken decision to organise the admission tests for MBBS in private medical colleges directly under the control of itself through Directorate of Heath Service. There are 40 private medical colleges working in Bangladesh against 17 Govt. Medical Colleges. Till last year, the admission in private medical colleges was controlled by individual colleges though the admission in govt. medical colleges were conducted through a single admission test on the same day throughout the country over the years.

There are allegations of massive irregularities and corruptions regarding the admission in private medical colleges.

Govt. also restrict the admission fees in the private medical colleges from 5 lac to 8 lac. This will also prevent the private medical college authorities to take exuberent fees and to give admission to the irregular students in exchange of excess money.

The writer rather advocates the introduction of payment of fees in installments on semester basis in private medical colleges so that more students get the opportunity for studying medicine in private medical colleges.

The system of paying on semester/term basis will also help the students to quit the study if one does not find medical studies suitable for his/her career. In the present system, there is little scope for the students to make his own choice- the financial investment on the part of the parents or guardians make it obligatory to continue the burden despite his limitations and emotiona detachment. The present system also creates an obligation on the teachers and administrtion to somehow passover their students despite their deficiency in academic attainment. In the long run, it only compromises the quality of doctors in Bangladesh.

The writer also advocates the introduction of same centralised system for admission in post graduate courses of MD and MS in different medical colleges in Bangladesh. We are observing with sorrow that over the last few years the admission in post graduate courses in Bangladesh become so much politicised that in future the life of the people and patrons alike will be in danger in the hands of these so-called medical specialists.

The writer has also reservation about the number of private medical colleges. The goverment should restrict the number of these private institutions and mantain the necessary stardard of education and service there.

By now, we appreciate the present step of the Government for centralised admission test in private medical colleges and hope that it would be a good positive step in reorganising the chaotic academic condition in the private medical colleges in Bangladesh.

An ordinary citizen

A new education policy proposed September 11, 2009

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The newly formed education commission headed by Prof Kabir Chowdhury submitted their proposal for education policy in Bangladesh and Ministry of Education floated the policy in their website for critical review by the experts and the public.

The proposed policy is aimed at unifying the diverse education lines in Bangladesh and upgrading the education equipped with digital technology to prepare Bangladesh to develop it into a Digital Bangladesh by the year 2021.

An ordinary citizen

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National Education Policy- ANM Nurul Hoque

HSC Result 2009 is out today July 25, 2009

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HSC result 2009 of 8 education boards along with result of Business Studies under technical Education Board and Alim under Madrasha Board will be out today. Result will be available from 1 pm at the institutions, at websites and from mobile services.

For HSC result, search the following website:

http://result.educationboard.gov.bd/

Wish all good success!

An ordinary citizen

News Link:
Daily Star
Prothom Alo
BDnews24.com

Post Script:
Professor Lutfur Rahman, a Founder VC of Science & Technology University discussed the need of science based technical education in Bangladesh

SSC Result 2009 is out May 26, 2009

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The SSC result will be out today
bdnews24.COM

Search your result at
result.educationboard.gov.bd

Congratulation on your success.

An ordinary citizen

News Link:
Pass rate falls, GPA 5 up, bdnews.com/Daily Star/Prothom Alo

Incorporating trade courses/skills in primary and secondary school level May 21, 2009

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Recenty I have attended a trade course of 6 weeks duration in a technical institute. Though the time is short, but the exposure gave me a feeling that the training equipped me with a second profession.

I was thinking about the primary and secondary school curriculum  in our country and to me the curriculum seems to be a mere theoretical one by which the students after passing out from the primary or secondary schools do  not gain any practical knowledge on the basis of which he/she can persue a profession or adopt a trade.

The curriculum should be of such that the passouts from this levels  should attain some sort of technical or professional knowledge so that the years that he/she passed in the school be of some help in his practical and professional life.

I think that at the primary level the boys may be given practical knowledge in agricultural work so that he can support his parents  in the field. The girls may be taught  hadicrafts so that with their  mothers they can transform their home into a  small cottage industriy.

They cildren may be taught wood work, metal work, electrical work, computer, automobile mechanics etc at their secondary level. Learning necessary skill  for work in Garment, textile, lether  sectors may also be introduced at secondary  level.

Some skills may be given priority for rural schools and some for the urban set up.

The school curriculum that is now practiced is of no practicle value except to claim oneself as literate. It may at best produce some clerks for the unban offices and enterprizes but in no way transform one into a skillful worker. The curriculum may form a base for the those who want to be white collar executive one day. For the greater mass it will be of no help.

Thousands of workers are going from Bangladesh to  Middle East and other countries every year. Mos of them are unskilled workers. The Government wants more migration of skill workers to those coun tries. But over the years the scenario remain same. Then why are we not developing the skills in the workers during his primary and secondary levels?

The policy makers should think the matter seriously and incorporate the trade courses or peti-professional skills  in the primary and secondary level.

Let us make our education more practical for the greater masses of people. We must bear in mind that all of  the students who are enetering into the schools  will not enter into the universities and will become highly skilled professionals. We have to think about the other people who cannot complete their education to the end and dropped out in the middle. The curriculum should be such that some degree of skill would be attained at any level of the education and the education  of be help for any student who once enter into a school.  

 An ordinary citizen

Guest Column: Tips for Students Headed for the USA May 16, 2009

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There’s something about heading off to foreign shores to pursue an education, especially if said education is not forthcoming in your own country. The USA is a land of opportunities that welcomes students from all over the world into its universities and colleges in order to endow them with both practical and theoretical knowledge. But there are certain rules that must be followed and certain advice that you must heed if you want your stay in the US to be successful and rewarding.
· First of all, you need to ensure that your visa and other travel documents are prepared and ready. Your application needs to be accepted by a university in order for you to apply for a visa. Your school (in the US, colleges are referred to as schools, so don’t get confused) of choice will help you with the visa application.
· You need to be able to substantiate your visa application with proof of how you’re going to sustain yourself while in the USA. If you have secured a scholarship, you’ll need to include the necessary papers.
· Learn about the place you’re going to call home for the next four (or two) years. Use the Internet to read up on the customs, people and places of interest so that you don’t feel out of sorts when you get there.
· Learn more about your chosen university, whether they offer accommodation on campus or if you’ll have to make your own arrangements, and if the administration has a special body set up to help foreign students.
· Once you get there, try and mingle with everyone rather than just seeking out your countrymen. It’s natural that you’re going to feel homesick and find comfort in the company of people who speak the same language as you do and are familiar with your customs, but if you want to fit in, you must make an effort to make friends outside of your community.
· Explore the campus and make sure you obey the rules. It’s a good idea to participate in all the orientation classes so that you know your way around the place.
· Make it a point to attend all your lectures and talk to your professors if you don’t understand something. When you do well academically, you tend to feel good about yourself.
· Call or email people at home as often as you can and encourage them to keep in touch as well so that homesickness and nostalgia don’t become too much of a problem.
· And most important of all, brush up on your English if you’re not fluent in the language. You’ll feel less of an outsider if you’re able to hold your own in conversations and discussions.

This post was contributed by Claire Webber, who writes about the best universities online. She welcomes your feedback at Claire.Webber1223 at gmail.com

It is time to redefine student politics in Bangladesh April 19, 2009

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JU BCL factions trade gunfire

The latest event in the continuous violence in the campuses is the closure of Barisal Medical College for kidnapping of a student due to intra-party conflicts of BCL. The college was closed sine die and the political activities of BCL has been suspended for 3 months. Few weeks back  a student of Dhaka Medical College was killed by his fellows of the same student front. 

Hasina orders the Law and Order authorities to take stern action against the disturbing students who are responsible for violence in the campuses.

Hasina also declined earlier to meet with the feuding student leaders of Dhaka University and withdrawn her name form the patrons of the student organisation.

We appreciate the moves so far taken by the Prme Minister but these moves didn’t prove enough to quell the tension in the academic institutions.

It is time to rethink about the student politics in Bangladesh. The government and university authorities fail miserably to deliver the responsibility of maintaining the peaceful academic atmosphere in the campuses and to continue the academic exercises unhindered.

Banning student politics is not the answer. A debate is needed to be created among the citizens how to contain violence in the campus and a dialogue is needed to develop among different political groups for coming to a consensus regarding the form of student politics in the country and a thorough discussion of the issue is needed to be made in the parliament to define the form of student politics in Bangladesh.

Current student unrest not only disturbing the academic environment of the institutions and depriving our future generation to nourish their  potential, it is also jeopardising the possibility of Bangladesh to develop into a mid-income country by 2021. The environment of research is also affected in the universities by the nasty student politics.

We must rethink about the objective of student politics of our country. There is no burden on the student of liberatating  the country  and there is no burden on the students to establish democracy in our country. Now the burdent on the students is to develop themselves as the worthy citizens and leaders for the  future of Bangladesh.

The character that the present student politics takes up not only is worrying for the present but it is more worrying for the future thinking that what type of leadership is waiting for us in the future.

The present political leadership of both government and opposition  is also at stake to develop future leadership for the country who will be decent, honest, committed to democracy and peoples’ welfare . But what are we seeing? The picture is in absolute contradiction to our expectation.

To comeout of this quagmire, the student politics must be dissociated from the mainstream politics, must be dissociated from  business interests, mainly confined to the benefits of the students and only regular students would be allowed to do politics in the campus.
A line is needed to be drawn between the campus politics and politics outside the campus.

Student politics is also associated with the teachers politics. To clean the student politics teachers politics is also need to be reoriented. The teachers should dissociated themselves  from mainstream politics in the campus and should not use the students to keep their influence in the campus intact.

For all this, a consensus is important  among the academicians, political groups, citizens, guardians and students.

Time is running out.

An ordinary citizen

Opinion:
Overcoming student agitation-ABSM Jahur

uncertain future of half-literate generation- ABM Musa in Prothom Alo

Increasing bunden on AL-led government April 10, 2009

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AL led coalition win the last parliamentary election with 3/4th majority and formed the government. People has very high hopes as they were impressed by the commitment AL has given in its manifesto with a vision for 2021 and Digital Bangladesh.

AL had formed the government mostly with new faces leaving aside the veterans like Tofael Ahmed, Suranjit Sangupta, Amir Hussain Amu and Abdur Razzak who had link with the reform process in the party during the regime of the caretaker government. The step was appreciated as bold and courageous by many they thought the new faces without record of corruption would boost the image of the government but the alieniation of the senior leaders may increase the burden on the government.

Just only after one and half month in the Government, PM Hasina had to face the BDR mutiny where about 70 army officers were killed in a most tragic way, though controlled by the government in the coldest possible way without further bloodshed but created a rift between the Army and the the present government.

After the new government takes over the power, its student wing started to take control of the university campuses and residential halls. They had to overcome the resistance from other parties and had to face intra party feuds which is still parsisting and throws a challenge for the new government to maintain peace and continuity of education in the academic institutions.

The Government has declared the trial of anti-liberation forces as their priority as they have declared it in their manifesto. Government is takings steps to appoint prosecutors, set the courts and select the lawyers. They have also sought the UN support though Shahriar Kabir, the Secretary of the GDNK was against the association. UN Country Coordnator Ms Reneta said that mistakes were made in many countries in trial of war criminals. Bangladesh shouldn’t make those mistakes.

Mass transfer and putting as OSD in the sectariat and in the governemnt services created a sort of panic and frustration among the emplyees.

The government has taken decision to cancel the lease of Begum Khaleda Zia’s cantonment house which provoked criticism by many and protests by the BNP leaders and activists. They have threatened to wage country-wide agitation if the decision is not reversed.

Anti-Corruption Commission refused to respond to the call of Committee on Public undertakings on the ground that it is unconstitutional and a controversy arises out of it. Lack of strong legal and constitutional ground may tarnish the image of the Government in fighting corruption which is already affected due to resignation of Lt. General(Rt) Mashhud Choudhury as the Chairman of the ACC.

Though Bangladesh could avoid the immediate the effect of the world economic recession, the world economic bodies and experts hunch that it would be affected in the this year with fall in exports and remittance and a lower GDP.

The government has dissolved Local Government Commission and passed the Law for Upazilla Parishad modified from its original spirit curtailing the power of the upazilla chairmen and subjecting them to the authority of the local MPs. This has created resentment in among the upazilla chairmen and frustration among the proponents of the strong local governments in Bangladesh. The upazilla chairmen threaten to wage movement and take legal action against the proceeding in he high court.

The Finace Minister MA Muhith acknowledged that the government would not be able to fulfill its commitment in power sector by 3 years which would be extended to 5 years.

The best achievement so far the Government could made is in lowering the price of essentials which is acclaimed by the common people.

(An observation by an ordinary citizen)

Rajshahi University violence: student politics should be banned/restricted March 14, 2009

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A massive clash between the students of Shibir and Bangladesh Chattra League had taken place yesterday in Rajshahi University with the death of a student leader of Shibir and injury of hundred of students on both sides.

The clash erupted few days back and Shibir viirtually took over the control of the residential halls ousting the BCL cadres from the university. Police raided the halls and arrested more than 50 cadres of Shibir from the hall on the thursday night.

The authority closes the university sine a die and asked the students both male and female to leave their dormatories. To avoid further clash, the Rajashahi Govt College and the Rajshahi Medical College are also closed down.

People are worried with the development of power struggle among the studdent factions. With the coming of the political government into power, the equillibrium in the universities has been disturbed. The pro-government party with the support of the law enforcing agencies, as our tradition goes, is trying to establish their supremany in the campus.

In the process, students are killed or injured, teachers are harrassed, administrators are threatened, parents feel woried, classes are closed, dormatories vacated, session become jammed, adademic exercise stopped and nation lags behind.

During last Caretaker Government, discussion was ripe
whether the student politics should be banned or not, consensus developed about not to totally ban the student politics but to modify its pattern. Election Commission was in favour of banning the student wing of the political party in the campus as a precondition of registration of the political parties. But EC had to compromise on the point on the insistance of the major political parties.

We feel that if the student politics continue in this fashion, then our academic atmosphere will be more jeopardised.

All the political parties should ponder over the matter and come to a consensus. It is sure the advantage the pro-government faction is enjoying now, will be faded with time and we in no way could come out of the vicious cycle.

To fulfull the vision 2021, we need our student politics to be moulded accordingly to fulfill the dream.

An ordinary citizen

Digital Bangladesh -Digital Education February 24, 2009

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Mostafa Jabbar, President of Bangladesh Computer Society was discussing with Monir Hussain, the General Secretary of Bangladesh Math Olympiad about ways of achieving Digital Bangladesh in a television discussion.

They stressed that computer is a tool, not a subject. This tool should be utilized to earn knowledge in every subject and in every level of education.

It would have been better if we could provide each student with a computer. As it is not possible, at least every teacher should be provided with a computer. The content and quality of the teaching would then have been changed tremendously.

With computer and internet access, the digital divide between rural and urban will be diminished.

They opined that for Digital Bangladesh, we need Digital Education. They warned that if government fails to understand this, then the dream for Digital Bangladesh would not be materialized.

An ordinary citizen

21 February: emotions vs reality February 21, 2009

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, Culture, EDUCATION.
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21st February is observed with all its grandeur. President and Prime Minister of the country placed the floral wreath on the first minute of the day in the middle of the night. Then the ministers, opposition leaders, MPs of parliaments, teachers of universities, journalists and people from all walks of life endlessly streamed through the Shahid Minar throughout the day. BTV telecast the event live till 12 noon,though people continued to come to the Minar even after that. The same scenario one would get in every towns and villages of the country.

In Bangladesh, no other event is observed with so much grief and festivity. It is at the same time an event of loss and achievement. We have lost some of our greatest sons of the soil. But in exchange, we have achieved the dignity of our mother tongue. The world has given the recognition of the sacrifice by recognizing 21st February as the International Mother Language Day. There is no way to deny that language movement reap the seed of liberation in our heart.

But there is many things left yet to achieve. Though Bangla is our state language, it is still not practiced in all works of state craft.

Though Bangla is the medium of education in our mainstream schools and colleges, but higher and technical education are still beyond it’s reach.

More disturbing is the growing spread of the English medium schools in our cities which rather nourish alien cultures. It is no harm to know a foreign language rather the Bangla medium schools should be more equipped with the teaching of English as a language but when an institution affects your culture one should be cautious about that.

State supported little the basic research on language. Bangla Academy become more a social organization than a research one. It become more involved in organizing events than carrying out research. Most of the books that Bangla Academy so far published are less significant in its substance. Government should then have a separate research organization on language or should have continued the Bangla Unnayan Academy with the same purpose.

Bangla cultural activities also didn’t get good state support. Bangladesh Council which was destined to develop Bangla culture didn’t continue for long after liberation.

We should concentrate our efforts to preserve our language and literature, to support more research works, to nourish more intellectual works, to translate more world literature and to produce more academic works.

We also couldn’t show adequate respect to our language martyrs. Enough time has passed and we shouldn’t neglect our own spirit.

An ordinary citizen

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