UGC asks public universities to shut evening courses

Bangla Triune Report
Published : 18:20, Dec 11, 2019 | Updated : 23:04, Dec 11, 2019

This undated photo shows the entrance of an evening MBA programme office at Department of Accounting & Information Systems of Dhaka University. RAJIB DHAR/File PhotoThree days into President Abdul Hamid heavily criticising public universities for running evening courses which he said hampers the overall academic atmosphere, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked universities to shut evening courses.
In a letter sent to the vice-chancellors on Wednesday (Dec 11), the UGC said the evening courses tarnish images of the institutions and should be stopped.
On Monday (Dec 9), President Hamid came down heavily on public universities, saying that a section of teachers had turned universitues into profit-making entities.
“Different public universities have opened many departments, evening courses, diploma courses and institutes. Apart from the regular courses, many students are coming out successfully from such ‘business course’ and a section of teachers are getting cash benefit turning the university into a business organisations,” he told the 52th Convocation of Dhaka University.
Hamid, who is the chancellor of universities in Bangladesh, expressed his grave concern over the academic environment in universities, saying “Public universities turn into private ones at night ... It's not acceptable at all.”
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