Dhaka, Sept 13 (UNB) - The tests for admission into first year honours courses at Dhaka University under session 2018-19 begin on Friday with entry test of ‘Ga’ unit.
The one-hour admission test will be held from 10 am to 11 am at 54 centres on the university campus and outside the campus.
A total of 26,960 students applied against 1,250 seats in departments under the Business Studies faculty, said a DU press release on Thursday.
The admission test of ‘Cha’ unit (General Knowledge part) under the Faculty of
Fine Art will be held at 10 am to 11 am on September 15 (Saturday) while that of its Drawing part on September 22.
No electronic device, including calculator, mobile phone and electronic watch, will be allowed into the exam halls, the release added.
Dhaka, Sep 13 (UNB) – Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center’s Office of Professional Development, in partnership with The Daily Star, has organized a roundtable discussion on ‘Closing the skills gap: Preparing the next generation for an uncertain job market’ with HR professionals from 19 of Bangladesh’s leading companies.
Supported by the Aga Khan Foundation (Bangladesh) and Rizwan Adatia Foundation, this roundtable was organized to shed light on the challenges in recruitment and talent acquisition in the current job market and how it is affecting youth unemployment, said a BYLC press release on Thursday.
The guests at the roundtable represented diverse sectors such as banking, insurance, telecommunications, development, manufacturing, tech start-ups, and pharmaceuticals. They shared their insights on the skills required to excel in the 21st century workplace and the collective role of education institutions and industries to close the skills gap.
“It is imperative that Bangladesh diversifies its economy to develop new comparative advantage. In order to establish an active labor market, there must be heavy investment in human capital through expansion of vocational training and higher education so that there is constant acquisition of new skills,” said Ragnar Gudmundsson, Resident Representative, International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Discussants talked about the set of skills that the youth in Bangladesh need to build as they prepare to enter the job market such as critical thinking, effective communication, and creative problem solving. They also stressed on the importance of continuous learning and emotional intelligence. The roundtable also focused on how organizations have a corresponding responsibility to adapt to the learning needs and interests of the youth.
“53% of the workforce in our company comprises of millennials who have access to information. However, in many cases they don’t know how to process this information and implement it in their work, so training programs or internships for fresh graduates should be tailored to build such capabilities,” said Fatema Rizwana, Human Resource Director, Nestle Bangladesh Ltd.
“We should be open to adapting the job environment so that a young workforce is motivated and productive,” said Munmun Salma Chowdhury, Chief People Officer, BRAC International.
Bangladesh currently has an excess of university degree holders where millions of students stemming from Madrassas, Bangla and English mediums of education are competing for a limited number of jobs, making it highly competitive. In addition, the absence of quality education makes it even harder for these graduates to meet the skills required for the competitive job market.
Launched in 2015 BYLC’s Office of Professional Development (OPD) has been working to create opportunities for continuous leadership and career development for university students and young professionals. Furthermore, the OPD seeks to develop thought partnerships with leading employers across Bangladesh on areas such as curriculum development and talent acquisition.
The discussion was moderated by Ejaj Ahmad, Founder and President, Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center and Homayara Ahmed, Assistant Professor, IBA. Guests included Fatema Rizwana from Nestle Bangladesh Ltd, Monzula Morshed from Banglalink, Ragnar Gudmundsson from International Monetary Fund (IMF), Zehra Simeen Rahim from CARE Bangladesh, Farhana Afreen Mahmood from United Group, Munmun Salma Chowdhury from BRAC International, Marcus Gomes from Mutual Trust Bank Ltd., Md. Ahsanul Haque from Godrej Household BD private Ltd, Md. Mahbubur Rahman from DHL Global Forwarding, Nisbat Anwar from Renata Ltd, Sadia Afrin from Green Delta Insurance Ltd, Shaila Parveen from The City Bank Ltd, Sifat Hasan from Pathao, Chowdhury Abd-Allah Quaseed from Gweeberra Bakery Industries Ltd., Md. Mosfiqul Azam from Apollo Hospitals Dhaka, Monjurul Alam from Eastern Bank Ltd., Aflatun Kaisar from Daraz BD, Dipa Reza from Adcomm, and Rupak M Nasrullah Zaidi from Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Ltd.
Kushtia, Sep 12 (UNB) - The online application process for the first year honours course admission tests under 2018-19 academic session of Islamic University (IU) will start from September 15 instead of September 10 as scheduled earlier.
The decision came from an emergency meeting of the university central admission test committee with IU vice chancellor Professor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari in the chair, said M Ataul Hoque, director of IU information, publication and public relations on Wednesday.
IU pro-vice chancellor Professor M Shahinoor Rahman,Treasurer Professor M Selim Toha and acting registrar SM Abdul Latif, among others, were present at the meeting.
The admission will be held from November 4 to 7 with introducing written exam, he added.
More information about the admission tests procedure will be available on the university website at www.iu.ac.bd.
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) – Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Wednesday said the proposed uniform guidelines for recruitment and promotion or upgradation of teachers at public universities will remove discrepancies in the recruitment process.
“The uniform guidelines will create a basic foundation in the process of recruitment and promotion for all teachers of the public universities,” he said while speaking as the chief guest at a workshop on ‘Uniform Guidelines for Recruitment and Promotion/Upgradation of Public University Teachers’.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) organised the programme at its auditorium in the city to discuss the proposed uniform guidelines.
At the workshop, Vice-chancellors of 42 public universities discussed the proposed guidelines formulated by the UGC.
As per the proposed guidelines, candidates must have GPA 4.50 in a scale of 5.00 in SSC, HSC and equivalent examinations for being recruited as lecturers, assistant professors, associate professors and professors at the public universities.
To promote a teacher as a professor from associate professor, a total of 22 years of working experience is needed, including at least 10 years as associate professor.
For MPhil degree holders, the minimum requirement is 17 years, including seven years as associate professor, while for the PhD holders, it is 12 years, including at least five years as associate professor.
The candidates must have at least 12 publications in recognised journals, say the draft guidelines.
To get promotion as an associate professor, a teacher must have experience of 14 years of active teaching, including at least seven years’ experience as assistant professor.
The requirement is nine years and seven years respectively for MPhil and PhD degree holders.
The minimum experience required for being promoted as an assistant professor is three years which is two years for MPhil degree holders and one year for PhD degree holders.
The Education Minister said the proposed guidelines will be finalised after proper discussions.
He also urged the teachers to produce more original research works and publications to enhance the standard of country’s education.
Taking part in the discussion on the proposed guidelines, some of the VCs suggested dropping the matter of taking the results of SSC and HSC examinations into consideration, and making written test mandatory while recruiting lecturers.
Rajshahi University VC Prof Abdus Sobhan said good results do not always ensure quality teachers. “A student who might not have done well in the SSC and HSC exams can be a good student in university and do well as a teacher,” he said.
National University VC Prof Harunur Rashid said a written test should be made mandatory for recruiting lecturers judging their qualification.
Jahangirnagar University VC Prof Farzana Islam urged all public universities to open their doors for other public university students while recruiting teachers.
Demo classes or seminars can be arranged as part of the recruitment process to judge a candidate’s qualification as a teacher, she added.
UGC members Prof Aktar Hossain and Prof M Shah Newaz Ali also spoke at the programme presided over by Md Abdullah Al Hasan Chowdury, Additional Secretary to the Secondary & Higher Education Division of the Education Ministry.
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) - Leaders and activists of Bangladesh General Students Rights Protection Council, a platform that spearheads the quota reform movement, on Wednesday brought out a rally on the Dhaka University campus demanding immediate publication of a gazette notification on quota system.
Nurul Haq Nur, a joint convener of the Council, said, "Five months have elapsed since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced the abolition of quota system in parliament. But still we don't see any sign of publication of the gazette notification.”
He further said, “We never wanted the abolition of quota system in government jobs, we demanded a reform in the light of our five-point demand.”
Nur urged the government to publish the gazette notification as soon as possible, withdraw false cases against the students and ensure exemplary punishment to attackers.
They brought out the rally from the DU Central Library that ended at Raju Memorial Sculpture after parading different points of the campus.
In April, students of public and private universities across the country waged a strong movement demanding reforms in the quota system in public service recruitment process.
In the face of the movement, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced in parliament on April 11 the abolition of all types of quotas in government jobs.
But no gazette notification has so far been issued regarding the abolishment of the quota system as per the Prime Minister’s declaration.