Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) has decided to include the historic March 7 speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the syllabus of all departments.
The decision was taken at the online meeting of the 160th Academic Council of the university on September 13, said Vice-Chancellor Professor Farid Uddin Ahmed.
According to sources, the meeting discussed in detail the High Court's directive and the Ministry of Education's letter to include Bangabandhu’s historic speech in the textbooks at every level of the university.
With the consent of the members present at the meeting and discussion, it was decided to include the March 7 speech in the syllabus.
This speech will be taught as part of the course on history of Bangladesh’s emergence.
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A six-member committee has been formed with Dr Faisal Ahmed, dean of Faculty of Social Science, as convener to decide on the structure of the course and related matters including credit.
The members of the committee are Prof Dr Ashfaq Hossain, treasurer of Bangladesh Open University, Prof Dr Abu Md Delwar Hossain, dean of Faculty of Arts of Dhaka University, Prof Dr Laila Ashrafun, head of the Department of Sociology, Prof Dr Zaida Sharmin, head of the Department of Political Studies and Dr Md Ashraful Karim, head of Bangla department of SUST.
SUST VC Prof Farid Uddin Ahmed told UNB that as per the decision of the Ministry of Education and the directive of the High Court, the speech has been asked to be included in the curriculum of every educational institution.
“We have decided to include the speech in our curriculum for the first time among the universities of the country,” added the VC.
On March 7, 1971, Bangabandhu, the undisputed leader of Bangalees, delivered his epoch-making speech of independence before a mammoth crowd at the historic Racecourse Maidan, now Suhrawardy Udyan, in Dhaka.
In his 19-minute extempore speech before a million freedom-loving people, Bangabandhu had made a clarion call for a non-cooperation movement asking the nation to prepare for the war of independence to liberate the country from the exploitative Pakistan regime.
“The struggle this time is for freedom, the struggle this time is for independence, Joy Bangla,” Bangabandhu declared from the massive rally.
In 2017, Unesco recognised the historic speech as a world documentary heritage.
On February 25 this year, The High Court directed the government to declare March 7 as the ‘National Historic Day’ and issue a gazette notification in this regard within a month.
The court also issued a rule asking why it shall not pass order to include March 7 speech in primary, secondary, intermediate and university curriculums.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh on Sunday signed Annual Performance Agreements (APA) with 15 public universities of the country for fiscal year 2020-2021 under the Performance Management Framework Policy of the government.
The signing ceremony of APA for the 2020-21 fiscal year and the evaluation meeting of APA for 2019-2020 fiscal year was held at the UGC auditorium in the city.
The UGC signed the APA with 15 public universities on Sunday in the first phase. The commission will ink such agreements with 31 other public universities on Monday and Tuesday.
The APA has been introduced to enhance transparency and accountability in government activities, ensure proper utilization of resources and improve institutional capacity.
UGC Secretary (Additional Charge) Dr Ferdous Zaman and the registrars of the universities concerned signed the agreements on behalf of their respective sides.
Addressing the function digitally, UGC Chairman Prof Dr Kazi Shahidullah said the UGC has been working to ensure overall progress of higher education, ensure transparency, accountability and encourage outcome-based activities. So, the UGC has been signing APA with public universities of the country, he said.
Noting that Dr Kazi Shahidullah said several public universities are running with acting registrars and the vice-chancellors of the universities should appoint permanent their registrars quickly so that the registrars can cooperate the vice-chancellors to run universities in accordance with existing rules and regulations.
Noting that there is a lack of discipline in public universities at present, the UGC chairman said maintaining institutional rules and proper implementation of existing regulations are highly needed to take the university forward.
The UGC has been signing APA with public universities since 2016-17 fiscal year, said a release.
UGC Members- Prof Dr Dil Afroza Begum, Prof Dr Md. Sazzad Hossain, Prof Dr Muhammed Alamgir, Prof Dr Biswajit Chanda and Prof Dr Md. Abu Taher also spoke on the occasion.
The admission process for Class XI (session 2020 – 2021) began on Sunday which will continue till September 17.
Dhaka Education Board Chairman Md Ziaul Haque confirmed the matter.
According to the Inter-Education Coordinating Board, applications were taken from 1.4 million students who had passed the SSC and its equivalent examinations in three stages.
This year 16,90,523 students have passed the SSC and its equivalent examinations.
According to the admission policy issued earlier, MPO registered educational institutions in municipal (upazila) areas cannot take more than Tk 1,000 including session and admission fee for class XI students, Tk 2,000 in municipal (district headquarters) areas and Tk 3,000 in the metropolitan areas other than Dhaka.
Not more than Tk 5,000 can be collected for admission in MPO registered educational institutions in Dhaka metropolitan area.
A maximum of Tk 8,000 for the English version and Tk 7,000 for the Bangla version can be charged for the development of partial MPO or non-MPO educational institutions in the Dhaka metropolitan area and for the payment of salaries and allowances to non-MPO teachers.
Despite the government’s pro-digital approach, 54 percent rural households in Bangladesh do not have access to internet, a new study shows, as experts fear the ‘digital divide’ could hinder e-governance progress.
According to the research findings unveiled Sunday, 59 percent of them do not have access to a smartphone and 49 percent have no access to computers.
The study, carried out by Brac Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), surveyed 6,500 rural households across the country to develop a Digital Literacy Index (DLI) that illustrates the current state of digital literacy in rural Bangladesh.
Experts at an online seminar titled ‘Digital Literacy in Bangladesh’, where the study results were unveiled, feared that this persisting ‘digital divide’ among the rural and urban households in Bangladesh will continue to hinder the successful expansion of the country’s e-governance system.
According to the study findings, rural households in Chattogram, Dhaka, and Khulna divisions enjoy higher digital access, digital skills, and digital literacy status than those in Mymensingh, Rangpur, and Sylhet divisions.
It also revealed that among the surveyed households less than one percent generates any form of income through online activities. The income of a household has a strong and significant impact on its digital access, skills, and literacy, the findings showed.
Similar to digital access, categorised in four classes based on their digital skills, two-third of the rural households appear to have “low” skills, 16 percent households have “no” skill, 15 percent have “basic” skills, and eight percent have “above basic” skills.
The study also found that while the gender of the household head has no significant impact on digital access, female-headed households are more likely to have better digital literacy.
BIGD Senior Research Fellow Dr Wasel Bin Shadat while presenting the results said stakeholders must urgently develop a comprehensive National Digital Competency Framework that can bridge the existing 'digital divide' in Bangladesh.
Consultative Group to Assist the Poor Policy Lead Gregory Chen said digital literacy is the outcome of numerous determinants affecting one another. “Only when all of these different determinants are identified and addressed, will the level of digital literacy improve," Chen said.
BIGD Executive Director Dr Imran Matin said the said research was a part of that digital social science domain and more discussion on the matter will follow from BIGD soon.
Education Minister Dipu Moni on Saturday revealed the government has taken up an initiative to formulate a new education policy for the country, in which e-learning will receive greater priority.
E-learning, which consists of classes conducted digitally that students can attend online or even access at a time of their choosing, is an extremely effective platform as the world negotiates the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and its use will only grow wider in future, Dipu Moni said.
The minister came up with the remarks while attending a webinar on e-learning organised by the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI).
The current Education Policy was formed in 2010 and steps are being taken to reform and modernize it, Dipu said.
E-learning programme should run side-by-side with the classroom-based education system in future, she said, adding that “It would play a significant role in enhancing new skills of the students.”
The people of this country are “very tech-friendly”, she pointed out, and would not be daunted at all by the challenge of adopting e-learning, Dipu said.
Bangladeshis have overcome numerous obstacles so far and would also exhibit bravery to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, the minister said.
The key obstruction to operate the online education is the mentality, the minister said, adding that ”Teaching profession should be made more attractive to bring meritorious people into this profession.”
“We have to improve infrastructure, education curriculum and skills of teachers as we would need skilled manpower in the upcoming days,” she added.
She urged the universities to carry out more research work in this matter.
National University Principal Prof Dr Harun-ur-Rashid, American International University Bangladesh prof Dr. Carmen Z. Lamagna, Bangladesh technical Education Board Chairman Dr Md Murad Hossain Molla, United International University prof Dr. Khawza Iftekhar Uddin Ahmed., North- South University prof Dr Md Istiaq Azim were present at the webinar among others.