Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni on Sunday said a pool of Vice-chancellors (VC) will be formed to fill vacancies for the post in different universities of the country.
She called upon the public universities to send the list of names and resumes of the top 10 percent senior professors to the Ministry of Education by August 31.
The Minister made the call while addressing a virtual meeting about the appointment of VC, Pro-VC and Treasurer in public and private universities in the country.
She urged universities to send the names for appointment to the ministry and added that the ministry will take legal action if the lists are not sent within the said period.
Deputy Minister of Education Mahibul Hasan Chowdhury MP, Secretary of Secondary and Higher Education Department Md. Mahbub Hossain and other senior officials of the ministry were present in the meeting.
At present, there are vacancies for the post of VCs in three public universities and Pro-VCs in 25 public universities.
On the other hand, there are vacancies for VCs of 19 private universities and Pro-VCs of 83 private universities.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed public universities to prepare lists of indigent students who will need assistance to buy smartphones for attending online classes during the coronavirus crisis.
UGC also asked the universities to utilise funds allocated for research and properly follow employment rules.
In a media statement on Sunday, UGC said that it had sent three separate letters to the vice-chancellors of 45 public universities in this regard.
UGC noted that according to the rules and regulations, no teacher, officer or employee working in the university can be directly or indirectly involved in any other governmental or non-governmental organisation or personally run any business or any for-profit organisation without the permission of the respective authority.
It said it has learned that some of the teachers, officers and employees of some public universities are working in various government and non-government organisations without the prior approval of the authorities, while some of them are also running private businesses without the prior approval of the authorities.
Such actions are a clear violation of the employment rules, the statement said.
The VCs have been requested to ensure proper implementation, follow-up and observance of the rules and regulations of the respective universities.
Meanwhile, UGC also requested proper utilisation of the fund public universities get for research work.
The concerned authorities of the University invite the research projects. They allocate funds to the projects that get the final nod.
But UGC said that although there is a rule to spend research fund on research works, some universities are violating this rule, which has been observed by the commission.
It urged the VCs to ensure that the funds are properly spent only on the activities of the selected research projects.
Voluntary organization Bidyanondo Foundation has sought applications from college admission seekers who need support for their application and admission fees.
The students who are from poor families must apply online in a prescribed form to get the facilities, said a press release on Sunday.
As the admission process started across the country on Sunday, thousands of college students from marginalised families are facing an uncertain future as their families are in trouble, it said.
The press release said the students must apply online here: https://forms.gle/S6q1UD5FemWAgfTd8
After an application is submitted, the foundation said, a designated team of Bidyanondo will communicate with the applicant within 24 hours. A valid phone number must be included in the application.
Zakir Hossain Pavel, an executive committee member of the Bidyanondo Foundation, said the future of thousands of students who are looking for admission to colleges will be ruined if they do not get support.
He said this year’s devastating floods and recent cyclone have left a trail of destruction in parts of the country, making poor people poorer as they have lost their homes, crops, and livelihoods.
On the other hand, Pavel said, coronavirus pandemic has pushed many families towards economic hardships making people’s lives even harder.
“Under the situation, we can’t sit idle. Bidyanondo leadership has decided to stand by these students from marginalised families across the country,” he said.
Pavel also urged the rich, corporate houses or any other organisations to come forward in support of the Bidyanondo Foundation’s endeavour to help thousands of students who desperately need assistance.
The government has again extended the closure of all the educational institutions of the country until August 31 considering the coronavirus situation.
Mohammad Abul Khayer, public relations officer of the Education Ministry, confirmed the matter on Wednesday.
On March 16, the government closed all educational institutions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The government is running a distance-learning programme through Sangsad Television. Apart from this, classes are being taken on Facebook and YouTube for primary and secondary-level students.
Many private universities have already started online classes as the UGC on March 24 urged teachers to take online classes so that academic activities are not interrupted.
Bangladesh recorded 35 new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours until Wednesday morning, pushing the official death tally to 3,035.
Besides, the country detected 3,009 new cases after testing 14,127 samples, taking the total number of officially confirmed cases 2,32,194.
An international webinar on 'online examinations' was held at the Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia on Wednesday.
IU Computer Science and Engineering department organised the programme. It was conducted by the department's chairman Professor M Aktaruzzaman.
IU Vice-Chancellor Professor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari addressed the webinar as the chief guest while Prof Roberto Sassi of the University of Milan delivered speech as the keynote speaker.
IU Pro-VC Professor M Shahinoor Rahman and treasure Professor M Selim Toha spoke as special guests.
Addressing the webinar, the speakers said that the situation taught us to conduct online examinations.
They also shed lights on the ways and how it may be possible to conduct the process.