Jatiya Sangsad passed Bangladesh Accreditation Council Bill 2017 aiming to ensure quality of higher education at both public and private universities on Tuesday.
University Grants Commission officials and owners of private university said that the accreditation council would be helpful to maintain quality education at all the universities, specially the private universities many of which lacked quality.
Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid, while moving the bill, said that the council would be helpful for extensive monitoring of academic activities of the universities in the long run.
Later, the House with speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair passed the bill by voice vote.
As per the bill, the council would be an autonomous statutory body headed by a chairman with four full-time and eight part-time members.
The government would appoint the chairman who would be a senior university professor having teaching experience of 25 years and knowledge about quality assurance and accreditation.
Public university professors having teaching experience of 20 years and people having experience of working with state administration for 25 years would be eligible for becoming full time and part time members.
As the interim management, a university would get a confidence certificate for one year and should be allowed to get accreditation certificate for five years. All universities would make their accreditation certificate public online.
There should be accreditation committee for large disciplines like medical, engineering, agriculture, business, law, social science, arts, biological science, physical science, said UGC officails.
In April 2012, the education ministry approved the primary draft of the bill and sought opinions of ministries, universities, and departments concerned. The draft of the bill was approved by the cabinet on March 28, 2106.
UGC public university deputy director Ferdous Zaman and private university division deputy director Jesmin Pervin said that the commission was vocal for creating an accreditation council for several years as it would help to change the situation of universities.
‘The council would help to improve quality education at private universities which lacked quality,’ said Jesmin.
Association of Non-Government Universities of Bangladesh president, Sheikh Kabir Hossain, also hailed the accreditation council.
‘When the council comes into being all academic courses of public and private universities would get similar accreditation—so quality of the private universities would improve,’ Kabir said.
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