UGC suggests NSU to increase the vigilance of students

UGC suggests NSU to increase the vigilance of students

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Dhaka-The University Grants Commission (UGC) yesterday suggested the North South University (NSU) to increase the vigilance of students and to have a clear recruitment policy for teachers.They also suggested the university to increase the frequency of the meetings with the parents and guardians to have strong monitoring over the students to discuss why students remain absent from classes or exams.
A four-member UGC team headed by its member Prof Dr Dil Afroza Begum gave this suggestion to the NSU authority during their visit the university yesterday.She told The Independent that they visited the university and had a more than three hour long meeting with the university authority including its Vice Chancellor, treasure, register and deans.
The team discussed on various matters including the recent hostage killing incident at the Holey Artisan Bakery in the city’s Gulshan area and Sholakia attack when students from North South University was involved.
The café attacker Nibras Islam and Sholakia Eid congregation attacker Abir Rahman were both students of NSU.
“About these two students the NSU authority told us that they were their past students in 2012 and 2015 respectively and the teacher Hasnat Reze was their part time teacher till 2013. The authority said the students were not their students as they were missing from several semesters,” she said.
Prof Dil Afroze said that the team also visited the NSU library but did not get any such materials that may provoke extremism and militancy as they found some books of the banned militant outfit Hizb-ut Tahrir in its library last year.
“The NSU authority has complied with us to take a number of steps as per our suggestions so that such incidents do not repeat. They have realised the gravity of the situation,” she said.
The authority told them that it’s very difficult for them to monitor over 20,000 students what they are doing as most of the time they stay outside the campus with their guardians and friends, she said.
“We have suggested to increase the vigilance of students and to have a clear recruitment policy for teachers. The parents meeting should also be increased,” she said.
Prof Dil Afroze said they have given a set of questions to the NSU authority to answer in writing within two weeks and afterwards they would make report it to the ministry.
It has been learnt that the set of questions include the list of students who are at present or who are absent or who took admission but did not attend classes; list of regular and irregular, full time and part-time teachers; bio-date of employers and employees.
Asked about the overall situation of the NSU now, she said, “The environment is better compared to other times. It is more secular now.”-STAFF REPORTER

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