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4 DU teachers finally freed January 23, 2008

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4 DU teachers finally freed. 3 of them convicted and then pardoned by the president on govt’s initiative; 1 DU teacher and 15 students acquitted.

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4 freed teachers

News link: Daily Star

Dhaka University Violence: unconditional release of teachers & students vs release of teachers after judgment January 17, 2008

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du-violence-mock-jail.jpgThe students of DU under the banner of ‘Students Against Repression’ are continuing different programs for unconditional release of the teachers and students arrested in relation to the violence in the Dhaka University. They conducted silent processions, wear black badges and staged dramas. From yesterday students except the Faculty of Business Studies are boycotting classes for 2 hours. They want release by 18th of this month, otherwise they will start all-out program of class boycot. (more…)

DU violence: ‘ordeal of teachers continued’ December 12, 2007

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Link: DU teachers’ ordeal drags on

University teachers are released: politics free campus should be the target December 10, 2007

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4 Rajshahi University teachers who were convicted for 2 years in a court have been released from jail on being pardoned by the President of Bangladesh.

The gesture would be welcomed by the academicians, students and public in general. At the same time they will expect that other teachers who are behind the bar will be treated liberally and be released soon.

But that shouldn’t be the end of the story.

What any conscious people will expect that the university campus will be free from politics and academic exercise would be the prime objective of the students and teachers of the campus.

Nobody would contradict the need of exercise of free thinking but one must not confuse the free thinking with the partisan politics.

We hope that the performance of the students and the teachers will be judged on their merit and academic record, not on the party affiliation.

And we hope to see our universities in the ranking of the best universities of the region.

An ordinary citizen

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4 RU teachers freed from jail

Reaction to jail sentences of university teachers December 7, 2007

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Various group of people expressed their reaction to the verdict given to the university teachers for breaking the emergency rules.

Jurists & Lawyers:

A retired justice from the Appellate Division of Supreme Court. Golam Rabbani said that the judgment suffers from a lack of strict scrutiny of the oral evidence inasmuch as the conviction seems to be based on oral evidence of single witness.

Dr. Shahdin Malik, a teacher turned Advocate of the High Court opined that the judgment does not indicate even-handed, impartial or neutral enforcement of rules but targeted persecution.

Bangladesh Bar Council Vice Chairnman Khandaker Mahbub Hussain said that the judgement has sent the message to all that none is above the law. It has also sent the message to all teachers and students to abide by the Law. He also said that if the convicted teachers think that they have been punished in unjust way, they will of course get justice from the higher court upon appealing against the judgment.

Academicians:

Professor Tajmari SA Islam, acting president of Dhaka University Teachers’ Association(DUTA) said sentencing the four academics frustrated all the teachers and they are now worried about the fate of the detained DU teachers.

Former DUTA president Arefin Siddique said that the jail terms have been a blow to the hopes of Dhaka University teachers who are optimistic following assurances by the government and the university administration, that their detained colleagues will be released soon.

DU Vice chancellor Professor MA Faiz was sounded hopeful about the release of his four teachers.

Family members of the RU convicted teachers expressed their helplessness for the future and the family members of the DU teachers expressed their frustration over the verdict.

Students of the Mass Communication Deparatment of Rajshahi University met with the VC and expressed their demand and stated collecting signatures of the teachers and students to press demand for the release of the convicted teachers.

Apart from these, different political parties and other organizations expressed their reactions to the verdict.

Editorials are written on the issue.

An ordinary citizen

Links:

1. Editorial: Daily Star

2. Editorial: Prthom Alo

Post script: 7 Nov 07 11 pm BDT

DU teachers stages a silent protest: A group of DU teachers staged a silent protest yesterday against the imprisonment.

About 40 teachers stood in front of Aparajeyo Bangla for half an hour. They displayed placard demanding their varius demands. Prof MM Aksh has announched the program on wednesday.

Teachers of Social Science Faculty urged the government in a resolution to immediately release the detained teachers and students.

Students of Mass Communication Department boycotted the classes yesterday. But they involved in a altercation with the teachers of the department. The teachers said they will maintain separate program for the release of the teachers. (Source: daily Star)

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University Violence: 4 Rajshahi University teachers get 2 yrs jail sentence December 6, 2007

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 [News] A speedy trial court of Rajshahi on 4 Dec 2007 sentenced four Rajshahi University (RU) teachers to two year’s rigorous imprisonment for violating Emergency Power Rules(EPR) 2007 by bringing out a silent procession on the campus on August 21.

These four teachers are Moloy Boumik of Management Department, Selim Reza Newton and Abdullah Al Mamun, Dulal Chandra Biswas of Mass Communication Dept.

Two other accused in the case –former VC Prof M Saidur Rahman and syndicate member and convenor of the RU Progressive Teachers’ Society Prof M Abdus Sobhan –were acquitted.

Judge Ruhul Amin said the accused had three charges against them-taking leave en mas on July 26 to protest AL Chief Sheikh Hasina’s arrest, bringing out of a silent procession on the campus on August 21 and holding a secret meeting to instigate violence the next day.

The Judge said there is no law against taking leave en masse in Bangladesh and the presence of specific teachers in the secret meeting couldn’t be proved beyond doubt.

But the bringing out the procession in the Emergency rule was a offence and minimum punishment was imposed on the accused for the offence provided in the law.

On August 21 2007 a few RU teachers brought out a procession on the campus protesting the previous days police attack on DU students.

RU students called a strike the following day. A rickshaw puller was killed on that day around 200 including police and journalists were injured, vehicles were torched and properties including the vice chancellor’s residence were damaged during day long clashes between the police and students on and around the RU campus.(Source: Daily Star)

 An ordinary citizen

1973 University Ordinance: ‘was autonomy of the public universities wrong?’ September 9, 2007

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Dr. Kamal Hussain, veteran lawyer and politician who was the Law Minister during 1973 when university ordinance of 1973 was promulgated asked the question whether the autonomy given to the university in 1973 ordinance was wrong in a round table discussion held recently in the capital.

Controversy arises as the teachers of the universities become more politicalised, they identify themselves with the colour and campaign for elections, they keep alignment with the political parties, give promotions and privileges to the teachers on political alignments, give classes and recruit the teachers with political bias. (more…)

Intel launches ‘World Ahead Program’ in Bangladesh September 6, 2007

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Mr. Craig Barrett,Chairman, Intel Corporation  in a press conference in Dhaka on 4th September, 2007  declared the launching of ‘Intel World Ahead Program’ in Bangladesh. Through this program Intel will try to develop infrastructure for Information and communication technology in Bangladesh.

Under this program Intel will supply 1000 PCs to different schools in 3 years in phases. In parallel, in association with Bangladesh Government  it will supply PCs to develop Computer Labs in 64 different districts of Bangladesh. It  will also support to develop high speed wireless W-Max Internet connection to schools of remote areas. In addition it will give training to the teachers and students and will help to develop different topics in local languages for imparting standard education. (more…)

HSC result: some points to ponder August 30, 2007

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Higher Secondary School Certificate  Exam result is out. Newspapers headlines “Another year of good achievements’. Under seven Educational Boards 5,33,158 students appeared,  3,49,749 passed ,  at percentage of 64.27% and 10,50,5  got the highest grade GPA-5. The stats are better than the last years.

Still there are some  points to ponder. If 64 % are passing, there left 36% who failed. If you calculate the number in absolute terms then it will stand for 1,83,409.

It is not a small number. Imagine the frustration and physical and financial burden that will fall on these examinees and their parents.

Most of the students are said to be failed in English. The Education Boards must find ways out to salvage the students from the curse of a single subject.

One cannot blame these students absolutely for their failure. Many colleges could not able to provide minimum facilities to the students in relation to physical infrastructure, number of teachers, quality of teachers, adequate laboratory support etc. Our educational institutions need more support both from public and private sector.

It is evident that percentage of failure is more in the rural colleges than the towns and cities reflecting that our rural areas are still neglected.

Again GPA-5  holders are concentrated more in the capital than in other cities and areas. Access to good learning should be distributed uniformly throughout the country. You will find few countries where all facilities are disproportionately concentrated in the capital.

Coaching centers and private tuitions are still important element in our education system. I have seen many students are busier in caching centers and private tuitions then their study and attendance in their own college.

UGC urges the universities to consider admission on the basis of only GPA score. I am not sure how the admission authorities will be able to select students when all are the same category. Our GPA score should be finer where you can identify the better students in small numbers.

Bdoza

  

    

    

 

Dhaka University violence (5): bridging up the gap August 28, 2007

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Though the Government has controlled the violence and cool down the anarchy, it created a niche in the relation of the Government with the students and teachers in particular and population in general.

Though Government is explaining that the incident is a programmed one, some people may explain this as an expression of the people against the policies and failures of the government. (more…)

Dhaka University violence (4): creating anarchy is not the answer August 25, 2007

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The chaos that followed the clash in the Dhaka University on the 22nd August, 2007 ultimately invited the declaration of curfew by the Government.

Many would feel sympathy with the students when they were reacting to the abuse and assault they had to suffer. Many would consider it excess when the police raided then hall and beat the students.

But many would not accept the chaos that followed on the second day on the streets and in the city where hundred of vehicles were damaged, dozens were torched, transport of he law enforcers was also damaged when the prime demand of the students was to withdrew the army camp from the campus has been accepted, the authority was apologetic for the incident and a judicial committee has been formed with a retired Judge.

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Dhaka University violence(3): coming out of the curfew August 23, 2007

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The Curfew imposed in Dhaka and other 6 divisional towns is entering into the 3rd day.

2nd day began in a relaxed state. People started to move to their offices and businesses. Many vehicles were found running on the streets. But the police and law enforcers became active in the mid morning and started announcing that offices and businesses are closed and asked the public to return to their houses.

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Dhaka University violence (2): after developments August 23, 2007

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11-30 pm BDT 22nd August, 2007

Though Authority at the highest level of the Govertment expressed

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[courtesy: the pictures are taken from daily Inquilab]

sorrow for the incident at the DU campus, the Army camp has been removed as per demand of the students and Govt has formed a Judicial Committee with a retired Judge in the chair to enquire into the matter, the violence continued into the 2nd day in the sorrunding areas of the University and sometimes deep into the city. Reports of clashes were also coming from other university campus and different institutions of the country.

On the streets, many young men also joined with the students the clashes took ugly and violent look – hundreds of vehicles damaged, many were torched, they fought piece-meal battle with the police at different areas, many were injured but none reported death.

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Dhaka University violence: what does it indicate? August 21, 2007

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Violent clashes erupted yesterday and which is continuing today in the Dhaka University Campus between the Law Enforcing Agencies and the students.

 

The clash started on a triffle matter on the sideline of a football match in the university field between few students and army personals who had a camp in the nearby Gymnesium.

 

It is reported that the Army abused and beat the students; in protest the students brought out processions; police intervened, more students pure in; they threw bricks and stones to the police; police fired teargases and baton charged the students. The campus ttrnasformed into a battle field. Police later raided into the residential halls and beat the students. More than 100 students, many policemen and few teachers were injured in the clash. Many were admitted in the nearby Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

 

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Irregularities in Private medical colleges in Bangladesh August 19, 2007

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‘Most of the private medical college in the country are in grave condition’ runs the report in Prothom Alo on 15th August 2007, a leading daily.

Starting in late 80’s there are 32 medical colleges and 8 private dental colleges in contrast to 14 Govt medical college and 1 govt dental college in Bangladesh.

Most of the private medical colleges has no adequate teaching facilities, not enough regular teachers, no proper laboratories, no hospital with proportionate patients, not adequate infrastructures and no transparency of accounts etc.

Though the rules dictate that every medical college should have atleast 250 bedded hospital at a proportion of 5 patients for a student. So for 50 students the college should have 250 bedded hospital and for 100 college should have 500 bedded hospital, but very few have got these facilities.

Again, though the private universities are not allowed to run the medical college but to our knowledge there is private medical college running under private university defying government ban and government is not settling it for long through legal procedures.

Many private medical colleges started without proper permission and many given permission on political ground. Many started with underhand negotiations.

The fees taken in the private medical colleges are not regulated and also the account is not transparent. Where many of the colleges are run by Trustee Board, but the money goes to the individual accounts. Many of the initiatives are absolutely business targeted and over all control of the past Governments were weak.

Where the admission in Government medical colleges is highly competitive, the private medical colleges open up the opportunities for the less meritorious students with the support of their parents’ affluence to study medicine in Bangladesh. With more private medical colleges the scale is becoming heavier on their side.

While in developed countries, the medical education is highly regulated and highly standardized, in Bangladesh it is compromised to the extreme.

And corruption played a important part to develop this compromise. This government should also enquire into this compromise and find out and punish the corrupted individuals who are destroying our medical education and our health system for their own personal gain.

An ordinary citizen

Post script:
20 September 2008
Government has barred 3 private medical college from taking admission on the ground that they have no adequate infrastructure and teachig stuff to fulfil the conditions.[...]

Related post in the blog:
Centralised admission test in private medical college – a positive step

Post graduate medical education: producing half specialists! August 15, 2007

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‘Irregularities in  post graduate medical education, producing half specialists’ this  was the alarming headline of a report published in the leading daily ‘Prothom Alo’ on 14th August, 2007.

The report said that in 2002, the past BNP goverment immediately after coming to power started the post graduate courses (MD/MS) in all subjects in Govt medical colleges without adequate preparation. Departmets of Medical colleges without adequate experts were given the permission to conduct the course. It also said that the selection and examination was mot transparent and party affiliates were given the preference in selection in these courses.

This report exposed an inner gross ulcer  of  post graduate education system in our country.

The report needs urgent attention of the Government.

 a) An inquiry committee should be formed to probe the matter and to identify the political and personal motives of the initiators.

b) The inquiry must also find out the irregularities in selection and other examination of the courses.

c) to make the course clean and effective , a central examination system for admission as well as part and final examination like that of MBBS/FCPS (the other post graduate medical system in our country which is more transparent)  should be introduced.

The ordinary citizen is feeling worried thinking of the risk of his own health and of his fellow citizens and their children if they have to be treated  by these half specialists.

 Bdoza 

Private universities, irregularities and UGC August 10, 2007

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Ministry of  Education of Bangladesh on recommendation of UGC(University Grant Commission) is taking some steps to rectify the irregularities in the field of Private University education. They have already stopped 56 local centers of Foreign Universities and have taken decision to stop the 100 outer campuses of the universities.

With the promulgation of the Private University Act in 1992, private universities started to grow like kindergartens in our country. The organizers have taken the advantage of the loopholes of regulations in the Act. Though the Act was revised in 1998, but with no significant change. The growth of private universities blooms during both of the BNP regimes due to slackness of the regulatory bodies. They may also be  credited for giving private universities a commercial entity.

Many industrialists as an individual or as a group started the private universities. They became chairman or members of the Board of Directors in the style of the companies or became members of the Syndicate to dictate the rules and regulations of the university. Earning profit became more important than imparting knowledge to this group of investors. Private universities grew in our country like that of Industry to earn money.

Despite many complaints and evidence of irregularities, the past political governments particularly the last BNP Government could not take any major steps due to political compromise and underhand negotiations.

 

The present Caretaker Government has given its attention to the private university after coming to the power. It is heard that private university act is under review.

We hope that the CG will         

a) rectify and upgrade the private university act

b) strengthen the UGC to have complete hold on the universities including the private universities

c) will make the Accounts of the private transparent and

d)let the private universities grow as  academic  institutions, not as a private enterprise.

Bdoza

   

Post script:
Illegal private universities bid to attract admission seekers despite ban [DS]
APUB against Private University ordinance [DS]
3 private universities submitted rejoinder [DS]

International Math Olympiad: Bangladesh is advancing July 31, 2007

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48th International Math Olympiad  held recently in Vietnam. This Olympiad started in 1959 in Romania. Bangladesh along with about 100 countries participated in this Olympiad of 2007. Bangladesh is participating for the 3rd time in the Olympiad..

Students of  high schools below the age of 20 years are allowed to participate in the  competition.

Mathematical problems from number theory, geometry, algebra and combinotorics are given in the form of 6 questions. Each question carries 7 marks. Total no 42. Solving the questions require exceptional mathematical ability and ingenuinity

Russia stood first this year beating 5 times champion China. Vietnam stood third.

Bangladesh did better than the past years. 3 of our competitors got honorable mention which is below the medals.

 

We believe that Bangladesh as a country has got the mathematical ingenuinity. Once Math was exercised in our schools with much enthusiasm. Those of old generation would still remember the ‘Jadab Mathematics’. Due to lack of proper curriculum, exam system and support our students are lagging behind in Math. It is now neither a fun nor an intellectual exercise in our schools. Rather it becomes a subject of fear and of memorizing rather than exercising.

 

Only very recently, some genius of our academic circle like Dr. Mohammad Kaikobad of BUET and Dr. Jafar Iqbal of  SUST took the initiative of popularizing the Math among our school children. They started arranging math olympiud at different district level to national level to make the math fun for the students and to select the best tudents for the International Olympiad.

 

The progress of Bangladesh in the International Math Olympiad is largely owe to the effort of these dedecated persons.

 

But Bangladesh needs to go further and Bangladesh has the potentiality to go.  

(an ordinary citizen)

Photo: Logo of International Math Olumpiad

   

Class abstension: DU teachers creating a bad precedence July 21, 2007

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du-1.jpg DU Teachers Association in a meeting decided to wear black badges and abstain classes for half day in protest against the arrest of Sk Hasina and ‘harassment’ of Begum Khaleda Zia by the Government.

Only 223 members out of 4000 teachers were present in the meeting under the chairmanship of Dr. Sadrul Amin, who himself is saying that he does not agree with the program to abstain from the classes.

While the country is going through a political transformation, we the ordinary citizen expected a more prudent step from the teachers of the highest seat of education of the nation. If they feel concern, they could better demand for free and fair trail of the accused. That would have been more dignified for their post and position. (more…)

SSC Result: Internet access may create a revolutionary change in school education June 26, 2007

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SSC result reflecting disparity between the rich and poor, city and rural students, Government should find out ways to diminish the gap.

There may be many conventional suggestions such as

a) Improving the standard of the schools,

b) rotating the teachers among the schools at regular intervals,

c) closing the gap between private and public schools,

d) restricting the admission on regional basis,

e) supporting the rural schools in a better way,

f) supplying the necessary equipments to the rural schools,

g) arranging better training for the teachers,

h) improving the salary of the teachers,

i) better monitoring of the school activities,

j) improving the infrastructures of the schools,

k) rearranging the governing bodies of the schools

l) Decreasing the political interference on school activities etc.

 

But use of technology seems to me more important to me. Every School should be furnished with computers and internet should be established. So that pupils and the teachers can utilize it for teaching purposes.

 

The Government should take initiative to develop tutorials on the basis of curriculum on different subjects and distribute it to different schools. Internet can be used to develop web pages as a teaching tool and with facilities to download and print out the educational materials by all irrespective of the distance from the capital.

 

Right to learn is universal for all children. Opportunity to learn should be equal to all. The talents remain hidden in the poor. They should be nourished to bloom. From American President Abraham Lincon to Indian President Abdul Kalam, almost all genius born in a poor background. Who knows, the birth of such a genius may change the fate of our country one day.

 

Bdoza

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