Dhaka, July 17 (UNB) - US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller and the US Embassy’s EducationUSA team on Wednesday hosted Bangladeshi students for the 2019 EducationUSA pre-departure orientation at the American Center.
The number of students from Bangladesh in the United States increased by 4.9 percent, to 7,496 during the last school year, beating the international average increase of 1.5 percent, according to the 2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.
Bangladesh is a top-25 sending country for international students studying in the United States and the number of Bangladeshi students studying in the U.S. has doubled since 2013, according to US Embassy in Dhaka.
Bangladesh also now ranks ninth in the world for the number of students studying at the graduate level in the United States.
Over the past three years, US colleges and universities hosted more than one million international students, reaching a record high of 1.1 million this school year.
This also marks the twelfth consecutive year of continued expansion of the total number of international students in US higher education, said the Embassy.
Dhaka, July 17 (UNB)— Female students have achieved better results compared to their male counterparts in this year’s Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations.
A total of 6,33,629 females took part in the exam and secured 76.44 percent passing rate whereas 7,03,000 male took part in the exam and got 71.67 percent under 10 education boards this year, according to press release.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina appreciated the results and said, “The results are sufficiently acceptable and good.”
A total of 988,172 candidates among 13,36,629 students cleared the tests and 47,286 students achieved highest grade GPA 5.
Dhaka, July 17 (UNB) –Admission tests in most of the universities will be held through cluster system from the next year and it will be introduced in all universities in phases.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni disclosed this at a press conference on the results of the HSC and its equivalent examination at the secretariat on Wednesday.
“Some universities want to conduct their own exams and students are being admitted in medical colleges across the country through unified admission test,” the minister said.
“We want to come to a decision in this regard within this year and the Vice Chancellor’s Council is discussing on the issue”.
Replying to a question she said the admission process must be made easier. “Some students appear in admission tests in seven to eight institutions. They have to go to different places for the examinations and face various problems including financial one,” she said.
Barguna, Jul 17 (UNB) –A court here on Wednesday placed Aysha Siddika Minni, who was arrested on Tuesday night, on a 5-day remand for her suspected involvement in the killing of husband Rifat Sharif.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Court Judge Md Sirajul Islam passed the order after investigation officer Humayun Kabir produced her before the court seeking a seven-day remand for interrogation.
Claiming herself innocent Minni told the court that she is a victim of conspiracy and she was threatened by the accused several times. She also sought justice for her husband.
Earlier, Minni was arrested on Tuesday night after nearly 12 hours of interrogation.
In a statement, police super of Barugna Maruf Hossain said the interrogation of the investigation officer and analysis of information appeared to show her involvement in the murder.
Rifat was killed in a broad daylight attack in front of Barguna Government College on June 26 as Minni appeared to be trying to protect her husband.
Dulal Sharif, Rifat's father, later alleged that his daughter-in-law had a part in the murder and demanded her arrest.
The locals supported Dulal's claims as they formed a human chain on July 14 demanding her arrest.
Minni rejected the allegation and described it as propaganda to protect the killers.
Police have so far arrested 14 people in connection with Rifat's murder.
Dhaka, Jul 17 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the government is continuing its efforts to develop the armed forces further ensuring international standards.
“It’s the duty of the armed forces to protect the country’s independence and sovereignty. So, we’ve been carrying out our efforts to develop the armed forces further and make it of international standards one fitting for an independent country," she said.
The Prime Minister was addressing a programme marking the 44th founding anniversary of the President Guard Regiment at the PGR Headquarters in Dhaka Cantonment.
Sheikh Hasina greeted the PGR members on the occasion, praised them for showing competence in providing security. “The PGR members are showing good competence. Their role in providing security is praiseworthy.”
Ensuring foolproof security is the goal of the guard, she said adding that the members of this regiment has been performing their responsibilities with high courage and sincerity since its inception being motivated with the policy. “Your honesty, dutifulness and patriotism motivate everyone.”
Focusing on different activities taken by her government for the welfare of the PGR members, the Prime Minister said her government, assuming power in 1996, introduced the guard allowances for PGR members considering their risk and took steps for their training.
Forming the government for the second time in 2009, her government increased the manpower of the PGR and took various measures, including collection of APC (Armed Personnel Carrier) for PGR considering their security issue, she said.
Besides, a 14-storey building is now being constructed for their housing which is expected to be completed soon, said the Prime Minister.
She said Bangladesh will march forward in line with the spirit of the Liberation War and it will occupy a dignified position in the world arena.
“We’re a victorious nation in the war. We want to move keeping our heads high with self-dignity in the world arena as a victorious nation,” she said.
Talking about the development of the country, Hasina said her government passed the biggest-ever national budget of Tk 5,23,190crore. “We’re moving forward gradually. We’ve been able to increase our GDP growth at 8.10 percent. Per capita income also increased,” she said.
Nothing that the government brought down the poverty rate to 21.8 percent, the Prime Minister said her government's goal is to build Bangladesh as a fully poverty-free country.
“We’ve been able to make hunger-free Bangladesh. Now our goal is to make it tree from poverty. We want to set an example in the South Asia by building Bangladesh as a developed and prosperous country,” she said.
On her arrival at the PGR Headquarters, the Prime Minister was received by Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed and PGR Commander Brigadier General Md Jahangir Alam.
PM's Security Affairs Advisor Maj Gen (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury, Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, President's Military Secretary Major General SM Shamim-Uzzaman, PM's Military Secretary Major General Mia Mohammad Zainul Abedin and PM's Press Secretary IhsanulKarim were, among others, present.