President Abdul Hamid has urged the vice-chancellors of all public universities to take steps for holding their admission tests centrally or regionally to lessen the suffering of admission seekers.”Students and their guardians have to suffer a lot as they travel from one city to another for admission tests of universities. It also involves costs that many guardians cannot afford. It needs to be stopped,” the President said while speaking at the 8th UGC award distribution ceremony in the Osmani Memorial Auditorium here today.The President also urged the education ministry and the UGC to look into the matter.
Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid and University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman Prof Abdul Mannan, UGC member Dil Afroz Begum and award recipients Aysha Akter and Dr Pranab Kumar Pandey, among others, spoke on the occasion.A total of 19 researchers of different universities were given the UGC Award 2014 and 2015 in recognition of their fundamental research articles and books.President Hamid said it is the responsibility of all to create opportunity of higher education for the students. Like previous years, students seeking admission into different universities, especially the science and technology ones, had to face enormous problems including food, lodging and transport this year, he said.Many students became sick and failed to attend the tests, he said.Terming the quality education and research as the driving force of the socioeconomic development of a country, he said improving the quality of higher education mainly depends on fundamental research activities as research helps create new knowledge.Teachers and researchers play the prime role in maintaining and improving the quality of education, he said, adding that the nation expects the teachers and researchers to usher in a new horizon of knowledge through their researches.”You need to play a more sincere and effective role in teaching students so that they can follow your ideology,” he said.Abdul Hamid said universities are not only a place of learning, it is also a big arena of learning free thinking. So, students should go beyond their routine academic affairs to know different contemporary global issues, he said, adding that they must know the country’s glorious liberation struggle and war.Describing the militancy and terrorism as a global problem, he said it has been possible to tackle this problem in Bangladesh because of the government’s sincere efforts and cooperation of the people. Those who are patronizing militancy and terrorism must be identified and rooted out for the sake of the country’s progress and prosperity, he added.