Academics on Tuesday said that the funding and other facilities for research activities were not enough and this was creating obstacles to ensuring quality education in universities in Bangladesh.
Addressing a conference of vice-chancellors in the city, they said without having proper funding from the government and private sector, innovative activities in the universities are experiencing a slow progress.
University Grants Commission of Bangladesh member professor Dil Afroza Begum said that the majority of government funding to public universities are often spent on the remuneration and infrastructural activities of the universities.
‘Therefore, rest of the funding are used for research activities and in engineering and science the funding for research activities is low’, she said.
Jessore University of Science and Technology vice chancellor Dr M Anwar Hossain said that for conducting scientific research raw materials like chemicals, equipments etc are important but due to laws, often these items could not be imported.
‘Bacteria and other biological catalysts are used in biological researches but under the current laws these items could not be imported from foreign countries, which hampered the research activities’, he said.
He also said that the existing taxation system made the expenses on biological researches almost double than foreign countries.
Principal secretary to the prime minister Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury stressed on increasing the funding for research activities and said, ‘For ensuring quality education the funding on research activities has to be increased’.
Addressing the session, UGC chairman Abdul Mannan said that in universities MPhil and PhD courses are offered on a ‘wholesale’ basis… UGC is planning to make a proper guideline for the universities to control the issue.
Hinting on private universities, he said, ‘Stern action will be taken against those institutions which are alleged to do ‘businesses in the name of providing higher education’.
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