Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, MP urged the university teachers to conduct world-class innovative research activities for social and economic progress of the country while speaking on the occasion of AIF 2nd round sub-project contract signing ceremony of Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project at UGC auditorium on April 10, 2012 as the chief guest. He emphasised on creation of new knowledge and dissemination of it for the betterment of the society.
He observed that there is no alternative to developing the curriculum and teaching in the class room to compete in global arena. Highlighting various programmes undertaken by the present government for expansion of education across the country and raising standard of higher education, the minister said, the government has formulated a time-befitting and sound education policy in consultation with all sections of people which is now being implemented. Laying emphasis on research in tertiary level education, the minister asked the vice-chancellors of all universities to expedite their research activities for welfare of the country. He appreciated the dynamic and able leadership of UGC Chairman (State Minister) Professor Dr. A K Azad Chowdhury and its Members which has brought dynamism in education and research at university level. He also shared the firm commitment of Sheikh Hasina Government for the further cause of education especially higher education.
Education Secretary Dr. Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, in his speech as special guest thanked the World Bank for financing the higher education in Bangladesh.
While speaking on the occasion, Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique said the number of foreign students will increase in our universities if we could ensure and enhance the quality in tertiary level education.
Dr. Mokhlesur Rahman, Senior operations officer, Education, Human Development Unit, World Bank Bangladesh was present as guest of honour. UGC Member Professor Dr. M Muhibur Rahman gave the welcome address while Kaniz Fatema, ndc, Project Director of HEQEP gave the vote of thanks on the occasion.
UGC Members Professor Dr. Atful Hye Shiby, Professor Dr. Mohammad Mohabbat Khan, Professor Dr. Abul Hashem and Professor Dr Md. Akhtar Hossain, Vice-Chancellors of different universities and divisional heads of the commission were present on the occasion.