Univs, UGC to decide on evening courses: PM

Ahammad Foyez | Published: 00:26, Feb 13,2020


Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said that enacting a law to stop evening courses of public universities was unnecessary as the authorities of the universities and the University Grants Commission were capable enough to decide what they should do in this regard.

The remark was made while the prime minister was responding to a supplementary question from Jatiya Party lawmaker Mujibul Haque during the PM’s question-answer session at parliament. 

On the evening shift, the prime minister said that that  the president already talked about it and the government is taking appropriate measures to address the issue.

‘But there is no need to enact new law for this,’ she added.

She further said that as per a statistics it was found that many public university teachers showed more sincerity while taking classes in the private universities.

‘As a result, various problems emerged in their respective educational institutions,’ she said.

She also criticised the mind-set of a section that always holds on to the stereotypical notion that students of the English medium are the only brilliant ones in the country.

Responding to a query of Bangladesh Nationalist Party lawmaker Harunur Rashid, she said that she does not see any logic to maintain a quota for English medium students in all public universities, including Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

In the supplementary question Harun said that couple of years back the High Court gave a direction to preserve 5 per cent of the total seats in BUET and other public universities for the English medium students. He also mentioned that the High Court direction was yet to be complied by the public universities, including BUET.

Replying to treasury bench lawmaker Didarul Alam, Sheikh Hasina further added that drugs have become a social menace in the country and the government is taking actions against the drug traffickers, traders and takers.

‘We are giving similar importance to terrorism, militancy and drugs as we are conducting drives against these. We were able to put it under control, but the drive will continue,’ she said.

She also said that the government has taken steps to train up members of the law enforcement agencies regarding this matter.

Responding to Syed Nazibul Bashar Maizvandary of Bangladesh Tarikat Federation, the prime minister said that militancy was not a problem for the country only, it was a global problem.

‘Islam comes under fire for a handful of people,’ she said.

She urged the ulemas along with others to remain vigilant against extremism in the name of Islam, the religion of peace.

She requested all not to hurt religious sentiment of others.

In reply to a query from ruling party lawmaker Aroma Dutta, the prime minister informed the house that around 4.67 lakh Bangladeshi workers returned from different countries on various grounds taking outpasses in the last 10 years since 2010.

Mentioning that the government has formed ‘Female Workers Protection Cell’ in December last year, she said not a single female worker became subjected to harassment in the last one month due to more effective vigilance against the harassment of female workers following formation of the protection cell.

‘A total of 7,365 female workers went different countries for employment in December, 2019 under the direct supervision of the cell,’ she said.

In reply to a question from AL lawmaker Nasir Uddin, the prime minister said Bangladesh is much advanced in rural communication sector compared to developed countries of the world.

While responding to a query from AL lawmaker M Abdul Latif, Sheikh Hasina, also Leader of the House, said that the government has taken an initiative to prepare a master plan at all upazilas within next five years to ensure a long-term development, including planned usage of lands of the country’s villages.

She also said that the government has drawn out a plan to supply safe water through underground pipelines in every villages of the country in phases.

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