The government has approved six new private universities. There are already 83 private universities and the number will now climb to 89 once all the newly-approved ones are set up. Questions have been raised over the standards of some of the private universities but the government seems to be going for more.
Additional Secretary of education ministry Helal Uddin said on Sunday that two of the new private universities will come in Dhaka city and one each in Chittagong, Kushtia, Manikganj and Khulna.
"Approval orders have been issued for setting up these universities."
'The International University of Scholars’, piloted by Professor Mohammad Jamil Habib, will be set up at Badda in Dhaka.
'The Canadian University of Bangladesh', piloted by Chowdhury Nafiz Sarafat, will also be set up at Badda.
'NPI University of Bangladesh's will be set up in Manikganj by former Chatra League leader Shamsur Rahman and Ishaque Ali Khan Panna.
'Northern University of Business and Technology' will be set up in Khulna by Mohammad Ansar Ali.
'Rabindra Friendship University’ will be set up in Kushtia by Mohammad Jahurul Islam, the former dean of the Islamic University in that town.
'The University of Creative Technology' will be set up in Chittagong by Mahmud Osman.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid had commented during a Jan 5 function that private universities will not be able to stay in business unless they fulfilled the conditions set by the government.
The education ministry, for the fourth time, set a deadline (Sep 15) for all private universities completing seven years of existence to shift to their own campus.
Seventeen private universities who have completed seven years completely moved to their campus, 27 other such universities did so partially. Fifty-two private universities in Bangladesh have completed seven years of existence.
Additional Secretary Helal Uddin said the six new private universities will have to take permission from the University Grants Commission to offer courses and set up departments and faculties.
They will have to start teaching within three months of completing recruitment, he said.
Helal Uddin said there were 110 applications pending with the education ministry for setting up private universities.
One of the conditions for setting up a private university is to have their own or rented building of 25,000 square feet.
The other condition is that these universities should be able to open at six departments under three faculties, according to bdnews24.com. - Idrak
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