Non-public universities have mushroomed within the nation over the previous 30 years for the reason that establishment of the Non-public College Act in 1992, however most of them have been working educational actions, flouting guidelines and rules within the absence of applicable punitive motion by the federal government.
Folks involved say a few of these universities have scant regard for the regulation and are being run as per the whims of their authorities.
As an example, it’s necessary for personal universities to acquire a everlasting certificates from the federal government inside 12 years of beginning operations. However solely 5 personal universities out of 51 that have been established earlier than 2008 have secured the documentation by fulfilling all circumstances together with having everlasting campuses.
Apart from, many of the personal universities are reluctant to even submit their annual audit experiences to the authorities involved.
Solely 11 out of 104 personal universities which can be at the moment working within the nation have all of the required high officers. Of the remaining, 73 have vice-chancellors, 22 have pro-vice-chancellors, and 54 have treasurers, based on the forty seventh annual report of the College Grants Fee, revealed final 12 months.
The regulation additionally makes it necessary for each personal college to carry conferences of the board of trustees, syndicate, educational council, and finance committee repeatedly, however 12 universities didn’t maintain any assembly of the board of trustees, 24 didn’t maintain the syndicate assembly, 19 didn’t maintain the tutorial council assembly, and 22 didn’t maintain the finance committee assembly in 2021, says the UCG report.
Furthermore, many of the personal universities, together with reputed ones, employed a larger variety of non permanent professors in comparison with everlasting colleges, flouting the situation set within the regulation.
On high of those, the UGC has flagged the names of 13 personal universities which can be working unapproved campuses and programmes.
Educationists have stated it will likely be powerful to make sure high quality training and cease irregularities of personal universities, if the federal government doesn’t take punitive motion towards the tutorial establishments which have breached the regulation.
Surprisingly sufficient, the training ministry is but to take any motion towards the non-compliant personal universities. The UGC has additionally apparently didn’t play its position to carry the personal universities beneath self-discipline.
Professor Dr Syed Anwar Husain, former instructor of Dhaka College’s historical past division, informed TBS the federal government doesn’t need to streamline the training system within the nation, which is why the current state of affairs of the personal universities isn’t good in any respect.
Working with out everlasting certificates
In accordance with the Non-public College Act, 2010, a non-public college is given non permanent permission to run its educational actions.
Inside seven years of getting the non permanent approval together with a five-year grace interval, the college ought to have its everlasting campus and meet different circumstances to hold on educational and administrative actions. In any other case, educational actions, together with enrolling new college students, will probably be mechanically closed. The College Grants Fee (UGC) is entitled to take punitive actions towards the establishments which have didn’t adjust to the regulation.
So, as per the regulation, 46 personal universities that haven’t obtained the everlasting certificates inside 12 years of their institution are working educational actions unlawfully. Presently, there are 108 personal universities within the nation and 57 of them have been established during the last 10 years.
The colleges which have everlasting certificates are Ahsanullah College of Science and Expertise, Metropolis College, AtishDipankar College of Science & Expertise, East West College, and BGMEA College of Vogue & Expertise.
In the meantime, the tenure of non permanent approval has ended for 18 universities, together with Brac College and Prime Asia College.
Requested, Professor Biswajit Chandra, member of the UGC, informed TBS that the fee is working to make a listing of the personal universities which have already misplaced their non permanent approval. The UGC will take stern actions towards them, together with shutting their actions, as per the regulation, he added.
Sources on the UGC’s personal college wing informed TBS that about 35 universities have began operations on their everlasting campuses both absolutely or partially.
Omar Farooq, director of the Non-public College Division of the UGC, informed TBS that they’ll advise the training ministry to supply everlasting certificates to universities if the fee is happy with the paperwork they’ve supplied.
Reluctance to submit audit experiences
In accordance with the Non-public College Act, every college has to submit the earlier 12 months’s monetary report back to the UGC and the training ministry by 30 September yearly. They’re additionally presupposed to submit the monetary experiences ready by a ministry-designated audit agency to the UGC and the ministry yearly.
However no college submitted its monetary report throughout the stipulated timeframe final 12 months.
UGC officers stated universities all the time present reluctance to submit their monetary experiences and audit experiences because the authorities involved are but to take any punitive motion towards them.
In accordance with the forty seventh annual report of the UGC, solely 24 personal universities had their financials for the 12 months 2019-2020 audited by a ministry-designated audit agency.
Professor SelimRaihan, govt director of South Asian Community on Financial Modeling (Sanem), informed TBS that an audit report is a should for making certain transparency and accountability in an establishment, and, due to this fact, the personal universities which aren’t abiding by the regulation have to be held accountable.
9 officers to observe 108 universities
The Non-public College Division of the UGC is affected by an acute disaster of manpower, leading to a sloth in its actions. Solely 9 officers are working to observe and supply instructions to the personal universities.
With solely 9 officers to observe 108 personal universities, the personal college wing of the UGC finds it tough to correctly full its routine work and may hardly get occasions to take new initiatives, stated officers involved, including, “That is why many personal universities stay untouched even when allegations of huge irregularities are introduced towards them.”
The UGC’s high administration stated they’ve a plan to extend the manpower of the division.
In accordance with the forty seventh annual report of the UGC, the Non-public College Division has to work in 13 areas, which embody making certain educational, administrative and monetary self-discipline, making certain high quality training, inquiring the general circumstances of proposed universities, approving curriculum and syllabus for every programme, and conducting bodily inspections repeatedly.
Dr Manzoor Ahmed, professor emeritus at Brac College, informed TBS that the UGC was mainly set as much as management and monitor public universities. Later, it began work to observe the personal universities.
However the authorities didn’t take any initiatives to extend its capability, he noticed.