Student politics and rise of violence in campus February 20, 2009Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, EDUCATION, GOVERNANCE, POLITICS, University.
Tags: student politics, student terrorism
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Suddenly violence increases in the campuses. The latest incident of the series occurred in the JU campus. Two factions of Students League clashed with each other with rods, sticks and arms. People shocked with the development. The same sort of incident occurred in JU one month back for which the activities of the party was suspended one month back. The incident is not an isolated one, violence occurred in CU and other institutions also.
Why these violence? The motivation behind the violence is to capture the halls, control the campus, dominate the tender bidding, dictate the donations etc.
It is not student politics. It is a form of student terrorism. Nobody like to see the students to be indulged in such activities, neither their parents nor the citizens.
Prime Minister Hasina on the following day declared in the anniversary of SL in the Paltan Maidan that no violence in the campus will be tolerated.
Throughout the tenure of the Caretaker Government debate continued on student politics. There were attempt to absolutely close the student politics. But more were in favour of continuing student politics without being a part of the mainstream political party. EC also took attempt to make the concept accepted by the political parties as a part of registration of the political parties.
It is not a matter of imposition by the Election Commission how the student wing would behave, rather it is a matter of consensus among the political parties, the university authorities, guardians in general and nation as a whole to determine how the students will exert their political right maintaining the discipline and keeping the academic activities intact in the campus.
What is going on in the campus is not student politics. The government should ponder over the matter, the parliament should debate, citizens should participate to determine the ultimate form of student politics that would support us to achieve the target of vision 2021.
An ordinary citizen
Choosing subject at the entrance of the university studies January 4, 2009Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, EDUCATION.
Tags: aptitude test, career, career counseling, choosing subject
One of the dilemmas in our country for the students is to choose major subject which will ultimately determine his/her career at the beginning of the university studies.
The dilemma arises as we have no system of career counseling for the students to choose their subjects.
There is also no way to determine the aptitude of a student in more scientific way.
More over, many of the students choose their subject on the wish or instruction of their parents. Some times the wish conflicts with one’s inherent liking. I have seen many a students lost their way because of the subject imposed by the parents and he/she herself getting no interest in the subject.
Sometimes, students are carried away by the trend of the time which may or may not have future potentiality.
Occasionally, students choose their subject on the advice of their friends or their senior brothers.
Few students, sometimes , have no choice. They accept whatever comes on their way.
None of the situation is good for the students.
There is no institution or organization in our country to monitor the job market, to determine the job statistics, unemployment rate, job pattern, potential market etc
There is no support for aptitude test or career counseling.
To give better support to the students and to provide better job options, we must create those institutions.
Will u please comment which subject is good for the students at present and why? or why you have chosen ur subject at the university?
A new Private university ordinance is approved November 26, 2008Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, EDUCATION, GOVERNANCE.
Tags: CTG, private university ordinance, UGC
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The Advisory Council of the Caretaker Government has approved the Private University ordinance. It was long overdue. The first ordinance was promulgated in 1992. It was revised in 1998. Even after the second revision, there were loopholes in the ordinance which was utilized by the owners of the private universities and transformrd the sector into a profitable business rather than to be worthy supplement to the exiting public education.
The ordinary citizen had the opportunity to look closely into the affairs of a private university and observed how the sponsors exploited the weakness of the UGC and government in monitoring the affairs of the private universities to earn money for themselves in the name of serving education to the community.
It is reported that there are 51 private universities by now and only one has got the permanent certificate to run the university. Most of the other universities couldn’t fulfill the conditions set by the ordinance even after 5 years of temporary permission.
In the new ordinance , it is said that before getting permanent registration, no private university will open the outer campus, will not make any agreement with foreign universities and even will not provide any distant learning.
Expert said it is a weak ordinance. People who want to dodge the government, will able to do so and more rules and regulations will be required to make it effective.
After the Ministry of Education circulated it through gazette notification, the ministry will start the formulation of the regulations.
One of the important addition of the present ordinance is the required experience and qualification for the VC of the private universities. One must have 20 years teaching/administrative experience or 10 years teaching and 10 years administrative experience.
Many of the private universities have no respect for this academic post. Sometimes businessman or even politicians hold the post on the wish of the sponsors.
The ordinance also suggests modification in the Trustee Board which will include representative from the UGC, educationists and professionals. The Syndicate and Senate will be headed by the VC and he will be the chief executive and Academic officer.
The number of the regular teachers should be adequate and the number of temporary teachers must not be over 25% of the regular teachers.
There will also be provision for ‘accreditation council’ to improve the qualities of education and there will be indication for the ranking of the universities in the ordinance.
No new permission will be given to the upcoming universities till the ordinance is implemented.
As per latest statistics , the number of students in private universities is 1,24,267. [Source: Prothom Alo , 26 November 2008]
An ordinary citizen
6 January, 2009
Government has promulgated the ‘Private University Ordinance-2008’ with effect from 30th December 2008.
The full ordinance is available at http://www.moedu.gov.bd
Where is the vision for 2020 for Bangladesh? October 5, 2008Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, ECONOMY, EDUCATION, GOVERNANCE, POLITICS, TECHNOLOGY.
Tags: mid-income country, vision 2020
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I was reading the book ‘India 2020 -A vision for the new millennium’ written by Abdul Kalam, father of Indian Space science and former President of India and Y S Ranjan way back in 1998. In this book they sat the vision for India to be achieved by 2020.
The book is actually based on the findings of Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council (TIFAC). About 500 experts of industry,academia,laboratories and government administration were deeply involved in the excercise. Experts and socially aware persons were also participated. about 500 people contributed indirectly through responses to questionnaires and other inputs.
They asserted that ‘a developed India by 2020 or even earlier is not a dream’. After 10 years of the publication of the book India is firmly advancing to that goal.
In the book the authors explore different sectors of the Indian economy and discusses the potentiality, progress and plan to achieve the goal of every sector including food, agriculture & processing, materials including as titanium, aluminum etc, Chemicals including petrolium products, drugs, agrochemicals, textile, manufacturing computer, software, engineering, electronics, transport agents, services covering health, tourism, cultural activities , strategic industries -defense supplies, space programs,nuclear program, Prithvi missile system , Countrywide infrastructure etc.
Chief Adviser Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed in the early months of his government said that they will publish a guideline for vision 2020 or 2030 for Bangladesh but so far we have not seen any of such publication at the end of his tenure and we have not seen any exercise of the intellectuals or experts in this regard throughout the past months.
It is said that Bangladesh would become a mid-income country by 2020. But where is the vision? Where is the detail analysis of the situation, identification of the problems, defining the strategies? Where is the enthusiasm, cohesion of aspirations and unification of political and social forces?
An ordinary citizen
ICT based education- Bangladesh perspective September 25, 2008Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, Computer, EDUCATION, GOVERNANCE, TECHNOLOGY.
Tags: ICT, ICT in education
I was listening to a TV program the other day. Dr. Shamser Ali, Dr. Kaokobad and another doctorate from an university were discussing the ICT based education with Faridur Reza Sagar of Channel Eye.
The discussion was interesting, informative and thought provoking.
Question arises, in a country like Bangladesh where the number of students in each year is increasing more than the number the universities can accommodate, how ICT could help to provide education to this growing number of students. It is said that in developed countries like USA , the universities including Harvard has on-campus and off-campus students. It is through ICT that the off-campus students keep pace with the curriculum of the universities. The off-campus provision can also create the opportunities for the students to continue studies earning by themselves which is very important from Bangladesh perspective.
Dr. Shamsher Ali who was the founder VC of the Open University in Bangladesh narrated how with help of audio-cassette and video cassette they have started their journey in early nineties, later these were replaced by CD and VCD. They have their own studio to produce all those CDs. Open University is a model of conveying education to an unlimited number of students.
To improve the quality of education, ICT could give tremendous support, Best teachers of different institutes can be utilized to prepare different lectures and after recording, those lectures could be aired and distributed among the students for their individual reading or collective discussion.
Open university also arranges video conferences where the students can directly interact with the teachers. The standard of education in open university may also be good, The recent ranking of 100 best universities of South East Asia where the rank of DU is 62nd, Jawhar Lal Nehru Open University is within 20th of the list. This indicates that Open University also could be the seat of good education.
Regarding the discrepancy between the standard of education between the rural and urban education, it is the ICT which could change the gap. They urge to provide computers to all the schools gradually. The shortage of Math and English teachers also could be lessened by the support of ICT. But Dr. Kaokobad said the teaching needs the best students and we should try to attract them by providing better salary and previledges.
Dr. Shamsher urges the government to form a committee of 5 experts to formulate a programs to develop ICT in education in Bangladesh.
We agree with proposal and hope that government will take necessary steps in this regard.
An ordinary citizen
HSC Exam 2008 result is out September 9, 2008Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, EDUCATION.
Tags: HSC Exam result 2008
HSC result is out at 2pm on 10th September 2008.
Please look for
1) HSC result of 7 Education Board
2) Alim, Fazil and Kamil under Madrasha Education Board http://www.bmeb.gov.bd/history.html
3) and Business Management under Technical Education Board http://www.bteb.gov.bd/
Wish all good luck.
An ordinary citizen
Record Feat in HSC Result[DS]
Report on result in Prothom Alo[PA]
On introduction of Accreditation Council for universities September 5, 2008Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, EDUCATION.
Tags: Accreditation Council, UGC, University Grant Commission
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Professor Dr. M. Asaduzzaman, Chairman of the University Grant Commission was speaking at a seminar in favour of an accreditation council for private universities. Dr. Shamsher Ali, Vice Chancellor of South-East University added that the Accreditation Council should be for both private and public universities.
Attempt for accreditation was made before. But it didn’t see the light of the day due to opposition from the sponsors of the private universities and partly due to lack of initiatives on the part of the government.
Accreditation Council is needed for improving the quality of education in the universities.AC is entitles to verify the standard of an university to introduce any subject, degree, department or faculty.
AC is present in developed countries like USA, Australia for the universities, Medical Colleges and other institutions. India has also an Assessment and accreditation Council for the universities.
UGC has earlier suggested a composition for the formation of AC with a chairman for the council and members from the UGC, Ministry of Education, Private universities, Public Universities etc.
Chairman of the UGC said in the same seminar that the caretaker government should introduce the council within its tenure, otherwise it will be delayed.
An ordinary citizen
Low-priced laptop for Bangladesh August 11, 2008Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, Computer, EDUCATION, TECHNOLOGY.
Tags: low-priced laptop, Prolog
The international organisations and individuals were thinking for low-priced loptop popularly known as 100 dollar laptop for developing nations particularly Africa. But this Green laptop when marketed, Bangladesh was not in the list. Intel in parallel also marketed specially designed low-priced laptop for students of USA.
The ordinary citizen also marked a news where he sees that India is also marketing low priced laptop for its young learners in its country. He felt a little frustrated for his own country-Bangladeh. Is there any way out for Bangladesh to get any low-priced computers and laptop which its citizen could afford? He also came accross a site where he sees that computers from developed countries are refurbished and recycled in developed countries. But the beneficieries are the African countries.
His frustation has started to erase when he has come accross the news that a USA-based international organisation of Bangladeshi computer experts ‘Prolog’ has started their project in Bangladesh to produce low-priced computers. In addition, they will provide other ICT related services in Bangladesh.
Microchip expert and chaiman and CEO of Prologe Incorporation Sayesthapir Chowdhury in a teleconference said that when he last came to Bangladesh he felt good seeing Bangladesh is showing interest in application of information technology including internet in education system. But he didn’t see any plan to spread it throughout the country. He thought it is necessary to provide computers at affordable prices to all to achieve the goal.
After coming back to USA, he talked with Intel Corporation. They agreed to supply processor and other accessories of computer at special prices for Bangladesh. Prolog wants to provide all ICT services for students for academic purposes. To do this they are trying to bring down the price of the computers within the capacity of common man.
He said that without improvement in ICT, no development will be possible in Bangladesh. To equip all the students with computer by the year 2020 in Bangladesh, they have taken up a program by the name Vision-2020.To materialise the project, many Bangladeshi experts working in INTEL and other ICT organisations came forward to support the Vision 2020.
Prolog will come initially with 3 models in Bangladesh market-‘Affortib’ for students and ‘Standard’ and ‘Performance’ for professionals and others. Processor DUO will be used in ‘Affortib’. The price will be aproximately 35000/-. But the ordianary citizen thinks that the price seems to be higher than the purchasing capacity of common Bangladeshi people. It is not important how latest the processor is, the average processor with lesser price will serve the people better.
Prolog is also thinking to establish an assembling plant in Bangladesh soon and will deliver computers to the south asian market. It will reduce the price of the computer more. In addition of marketing computers in Bangladesh , Prolog will also support software, networking and telecenters. [Source: Prothom Alo; 10th August 2008]
We wish success of Prolog in Bangladesh.
An ordianry citizen
blog post: Digital Bangladesh: Waiting for a low-priced laptop
SSC result 2008- What is the credibility of GPA 5? July 11, 2008Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, EDUCATION, SSC.
Tags: College admision, Grade system in SSC, SSC, SSC result 2008
On the first declaration of the result, all were excited. The students expressed joy, teachers felt recognized, schools honoured, the parents took pride and the minister took it as a success of their policy.
What is the utility of this result? It is good that a large number of students got good marks but what is beyond. It could differentiate little among 42,000 students who got GPA 5. They are of same colour. (more…)
Tags: BRAC, Primary education project
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Recently a news caught our eyes where it is said that the primary school teachers are against the BRAC supervision of the schools. BRAC has been given the assignment of primary schools of some upazillas in different districts to train and standarise the education in those schools.
Later, we are more informed of the situation with the the communication of BRAC officials with the media where they clarify their position and said that BRAC has no intention to commercialize or privatize the primary education in our country. It is only involved to improve the quality of education in primary schools of those upazillas.[DS]
SSC 2008 result is out June 26, 2008Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, EDUCATION, SSC.
Tags: SSC result 2008
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Tags: Dhaka University, University
The daily Star publishes a report on the problem of accommodation of the DU students and prinited a picture whcih indicates a sorry state of our children in the resident halls of the university. (more…)
Tool for development : one computer for each home May 15, 2008Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, Computer, ECONOMY, EDUCATION, GOVERNANCE, POLITICS, TECHNOLOGY.
Today’s is the age of technology. One will prosper how efficiently one is using the technology. It is true for individual as well as for a state. It is obvious that the developed countries are rich in technologies and they are using technologies at different level to get the maximum benefit. The developing nations coul also change their lot by using technologies properly. (more…)
Bangladesh for major ICT goal April 24, 2008Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, ECONOMY, EDUCATION, GOVERNANCE, TECHNOLOGY.
The Government has taken major decisions to achieve excellence in ICT to create the required environment for business, education and reseach.
We appreciate the government decision and hope it will be implemented as soon as possible.
The details of the news is here[…]
An ordinary citizen
Tags: Dhaka University, Dhaka University violence, Judial Inquiry Committee on Dhaka University violence
The report of the Judicial Inquiry Committee has been published which was the demand of the many over the last months after the committee completed its inquiry on the Dhaka University violence of August 2007.
The Committee suggested for reviewing the student and teachers politics in the 1973 DU ordinance. It also suggested to revise or to remove the 1976 regulation to stop the blind following of the political parties by the student organizations in the campus. (more…)
‘Partisanism’ in professional bodies March 28, 2008Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, EDUCATION, POLITICS.
Tags: partisan, partisanism, professional association, professionalism
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Recently I had the opportunity to attend the election of a professional association. It was set by the election commission of the association that there would be no panel on political basis and candidates were allowed to campaign on their own only. In practice, it was found that the candidates are divided along the political lines and they also campaign for their like minded candidates not in much disguise.
Most of the professional associations in Bangladesh are divided along the political lines. Look into university teachers’ associations- the political divides take different colors- such as Blue, While and Pink and everybody knows what the color means. Blue represents the AL, White BNP and/or Jamaat and Pink stands for the left leaning parties.
In the same way, other professional associations are divided. In the university, which is the highest seat of learning, if politics play more than professionalism, you can imagine the situation in other ‘professional’ bodies.
The lawyers are one of the vibrant force in our country and they are also more divided on the political color. Journalists are no exception.
And when a professional body is formed on the basis of politics, you can imagine its impact on the profession and the politics.
With time, our professional associations are becoming more politicalised. They are trying to expand their influence; they try to influence the selection process to recruit their own men in the profession, try to promote them ignoring the rules, and make it difficult for others to administer the organization.
Their activities not remain confined within the area of the profession, the interest of the political parties intrude into their agenda. So they arrange meetings, observe anniversaries and waste their professional hours for achieving their political goals.
The privileges for the members are also distributed along the same line.
The caretaker government had the intention to clean the professional bodies from politics. They wanted the teachers association not be linked up with the political parties. But they could not make any progress in this regard. And you will find teachers of the universities are engaged in giving ‘lectures’ in political meetings.
Lack of professionalism in our professional associations is a grim state of our society. The decay extended to such a state that during the last regime the selection exams for the postgraduate studies of the physicians were also manipulated to give the privilege to the doctors of same political ideals.
Compromise has gone beyond the extreme point. We should turn back and be more professional and less political.
An ordinary citizen
BCS Exam, Quota System and Controversies March 15, 2008Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, EDUCATION, GOVERNANCE.
Tags: BCS, BCS Exam, PSC, Quota system in BCS
BCS exam is the highest examination system for recruitment of officers for different cadres of Bangladesh Government Services which includes administration to education. The service of the government in its different sectors will depend on the quality of the selection in its different cadres. Every cadre is important in its own merit. And the best sons of the soil should be recruited for the services.
Quota system was introduced in the government service by an executive order in 1972, where 45% are reserved on merit, rest 55% is distributed as 30% for children of freedom fighters, 10% for women, 10% for districts and 5% for indigenous people.
We have passed 37 years of our independence. Time has come to review the system.
I am not against the quota system. But the way we are using the quota system for indefinite time and in indeterminate way is not scientific.
The bottom line is –we should not compromise the selection at the highest level of government service. If we compromise at this level, our governance will never be improved.
We have obligations to the children of our freedom fighters and we also want our womenfolk, tribal people and people from less developed districts to have more participation in the government service at greater percentage. But how should we do that?
We should ensure better education of the children of our freedom fighters by giving support to the family, by lending stipends and scholarships to their children and by giving enrollment in better schools and colleges. We are already extended various supports for female education which has yielded result with more female candidates qualifying on merit and in the same way we should extend support to the tribal children. For the less developed districts, we should take measures to improve the schools and colleges so that students from those districts come out with competitive results.
The ordinary citizen is in favour of long term plan to support the needy without compromising the ultimate selection.
Controversies provoked utterances of abusive languages and application of forces in place of logic and rationality which is not healthy.
The issue is delicate but we should be prudent and keeping the interest of all we should also try to achieve the ultimate standard in governance.
An ordinary citizen
18 March 2008
Public Service Commission Dr. Shahadat Hussain in an interview in BTV informed that an study by PSC on the quota system is already completed and will be published soon and public discussions will be arranged in divisional towns and in the capital to have recommendations on the quota system.
8 April 08
A two member committee headed by Dr. Akbar Ali Khan was formed to give report on BCS quota system. On submission of the report, Dr. Akbar said that the recruitment under quota must not be higher than that of merit.
8 May 2008
PSC has completed the survey report avd started discussion on the issue which will be staged in different regions of the country. Journalists are provided with copies of the report but the contents were not discussed much in the media. The above information is from a discussion in BTV program -Dhaka Dateline.
But PSC should have published the report in the internet, so that public irrespective of their attachment to the media, could be informed of the suggestions put in the survey report and people could also give their opinion directly in the net.
21 February and linguistic dilemma February 23, 2008Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, EDUCATION.
Tags: 21 February, Bangla, English, International Mother Language day
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On 21st February, we expressed our gratitude to the martyrs who dedicated their souls for the honour of the language, nobody would ask question in this regard. But it is important practically how far we are committed to promote Bangla in all aspect of our life. It is also equally important to understand the limitation of Bangla as a medium for higher and technical education.
It is nice that Bangla is used as the language of communication in our offices and businesses. But when it comes to the communication of foreign or international organizations or institutions, English will come up.
As a medium of education, Bangla is the most used language in our schools and colleges. But there are parallel schools and institutions where English is the mode of education. Also there is a section of people who are educating their children in foreign countries in English. Paradoxically, our political leaders and beaucrates who advocate for Bangla in their speeches but educate their children in the foreign countries. This is one of the reasons for our education system not attaining excellence.
It is said that English medium schools not only ignoring Bangla as language, but they are ignoring the culture of Bangladesh. This tendency must be prohibited. A good step is the introduction of national curriculum in the English medium schools. It would be good if the government make it compulsory for the citizens of Bangladesh for recruitment in Government job to have Bangla in their school level as a language. At one time, in madrasha education, Bangla was not a part of the curriculum. The scenario has been changed but I am not sure about the non-governmental madrashas who do not follow the government set curriculum.
Regarding mode of education at university level and in the technical education like medicine and engineering, the English should be language. I hear some people to argue for Bangla in higher education. They tell of translating books of higher education to Bangla and fulfill the need of text books. By mere translating books from other languages, one cannot cover the need of text books in the higher education. Few argue about Japan and China, who follow their own mother tongue for their education and office works. But these states are independent enough to run their universities on their own language. On the other hand, look at India where the English is more preferred as state language than Hindi though both are official languages and India is getting benefit from their linguistic advantage comparing to other neighboring countries.
Now, let us consider some of our inner problem of language learning. Why in Bangladesh the students can’t attaint mastery on the subject even after 12 years of continuous study? Why English is still the most feared subject in secondary and higher secondary education level? The language learning has been changed. Where in other countries any language can be learned within weeks or months, in our country we are losing years without much success. Our teaching methodology should be reviewed and be changed.
The other thing is the difference of learning of English among the rural and urban students in our country. Lack of competent English teachers in the rural set up may be a reason, but we must overcome this shortage of teachers by modern IT support. We are not utilizing the computer technology to overcome the educational divide among the rural and urban population.
The importance of grammar in learning a language also be properly addressed. Sometimes the learning of grammar is ignored but that shouldn’t be repeated.
Regarding learning Bangla we also do not give any importance of its understanding in pure sense. Students do not like to communicate with each other in the purest form.
We should try to learn Bangla in its pure form and try to transmit it to the next generation also in its pure form.
An ordinary citizen
On the verdicts of Dhaka University violence January 25, 2008Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, Dhaka University, EDUCATION, GOVERNANCE, JUDICIARY, POLITICS, University.
Tags: Dhaka University, Dhaka University violence, DU, Verdict on DU violence
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Court has ultimately given verdicts on the 3 cases in relation to the violence of Dhaka University in August 2007.
The first case was against 4 teachers and 15 students for instigating violent protests breaking the emergency rule. The case registered with Shahbag police on 23 August, 2007. Court acquitted 4 teachers and 11 students in the case on 21/1/08. The court has given 4 absconding students to 2 years imprisonment for the same case. The 4 students were given presidential mercy along with the 10 convicted students of RU in the evening of 21/1/08.