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‘DU students losing interest in acquiring knowledge’

Dhaka, May 24 (UNB) – Dhaka University students are losing interest in acquiring knowledge due to the fall of standard in its education and growing unemployment, said its Professor Emeritus Dr Serajul Islam Choudhury on Friday.“The standard of education [in DU] is falling fast. These days students are busy preparing themselves for public recruitment tests, including Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS), ... Read More »

38 held over primary teacher recruitment question paper leak

Dhaka, May 24 – Thirty-eight people were detained on Friday in Satkhira, Pabna and Laxmipur for their alleged involvement in leaking question paper of primary teacher recruitment test. In Satkhira, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) detained 29 suspected members of a gang from Kalaroa Upazila in the morning. A Rab-6 team raided Sonali Super Market where candidates gathered on Thursday night ... Read More »

Bangladesh School teacher arrested for impregnating student

Gazipur, May 21 (UNB)– A school teacher has been arrested for impregnating a seventh grader in Salna area of the city corporation. The victim’s family filed a case at Sadar Police Station on May 20 against the teacher, Sohel Rana Sarkar. He raped the girl on October 12 last year, according to the case statement, and threatened to kill her ... Read More »

Panel to settle Begun Rokeya teacher’s seniority, promotion

Rangpur, May 20 (UNB)- Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur (BRUR) authorities have formed a three-member committee to settle the issues of seniority, promotion and seven years’ salary of Mahmudul Haque, who was recently appointed as a teacher of the university following a court verdict. The committee was formed at the 61st syndicate meeting held in BRUR liaisonoffice in Dhaka on Wednesday ... Read More »

Schoolboy’s body found in Dhaka’s Buriganga River

Keraniganj, May 20 (UNB) – The body of a schoolboy, who reportedly jumped into the Buriganga river after being rebuked by his father on Saturday night, was recovered from the river on Monday morning. The deceased was identified as Asif Khan, 15, a class X student of a local school and son of Habibur Rahman of Hasnabad area. Shah Jaman, ... Read More »

Absence of BD universities in Asia, World rankings sad: BNP

Dhaka, May 19 – BNP on Sunday termed it unfortunate that no university of Bangladesh, including Dhaka University (DU), could grab any position in the Asia University Rankings-2019 by Times Higher Education due to their outdated curricula and lack of quality teachers. “This is unfortunate that no Bangladeshi university, including the Dhaka University, could make their way into the list ... Read More »

Student Nusrat’s story: Family says ‘No’ to celluloid

Feni, May 18 (UNB) – The family of Nusrat Jahan Rafi, whose last days formed one of the most cruellest and ultimately heartbreaking episodes the nation witnessed in recent memory, has categorically rejected any notion of a film or other such dramatisation depicting the chain of events that led to her finally, after a heroic battle, succumbing to her injuries ... Read More »

Massive irregularities in BAU employee recruitment exam

Mymensingh, May 18 – Massive irregularities has been alleged in Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) third-grade employee recruitment exam held on Sunday. According to the university sources, the university administration issued a circular for more than one hundred posts in two phases in 2014 and 2017 year for the recruitment of third class employees. About three thousand candidates applied for the ... Read More »

BCL Pabna college unit chief detained for assaulting teacher

Pabna, May 18 (UNB)- Police detained the head of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s Government Shahid Bulbul College unit on Saturday morning for assaulting his teacher. Shamsuddin Junnun, 24, a resident of the municipality’s Shalgari area, was detained from the town, Additional Superintendent of Police Gautam Kumar Biswas said. He was produced before the court which sent him to jail pending further ... Read More »

Mymensingh medical students protest sexual harassment

Mymensingh, May 18 (UNB) – Mymensingh Medical College (MMC) students protested for a third consecutive day on Saturday against the alleged sexual harassment of a female student by a rickshaw puller on the campus. They gathered in front of the academic building shouting slogans in the morning. They locked the building’s main entrance in the afternoon and vowed to continue ... Read More »

Columbia University to produce Obama presidency oral history

Chicago, May 17 (AP/UNB) — Columbia University Libraries in New York will produce the official oral history of Barack Obama’s presidency. Obama Foundation officials announced Thursday that the project at The Columbia Center for Oral History Research will provide a record of the decisions, actions and effects of Obama’s presidency. The former president is a graduate of Columbia University, which ... Read More »

Deprived BCL men call 99 BCL central leaders controversial

Dhaka, May 16 – Deprived leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on Thursday demanded that newly elected central leaders, including president and general secretary, undergo dope tests. They made the demand at a press conference at Madhur Canteen of Dhaka University (DU) around 2 pm. On behalf of those failed to find their names in the newly announced committee, former ... Read More »

Pro-AL Chhatra League names 16 leaders for unacceptable role

Dhaka, May 16 – Ruling Awami League’s affiliated organization Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has named 16 leaders for their controversial roles and they will be suspended if they fail to prove wrong the allegations brought against them. Golam Rabbani, General Secretary of BCL on Wednesday disclosed those names at a press briefing at Awami League’s (AL) president’s political office at ... Read More »

Aid to education falls slightly in 2017

In 2017, aid to education totaled US$ 13.2 billion, down 2% or US$288 million compared to 2016. The figures, released by the Global Education Monitoring Report, published by UNESCO, show the levels of aid to education continue to stagnate, growing by only 1% per year on average since 2009. Much of the cut to total aid to education can be ... Read More »

AL-backed BCL leaders clash at DU over central committee

BCL Leaders clash at DU

Dhaka, May 13 – At least seven people were injured during a clash between two opposing factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Madhu’s Canteen of Dhaka University on Monday evening. Earlier in the afternoon, a 301-member central committee of BCL was announced through a press release, leading to a group who were deprived of desired posts to protest and ... Read More »

Rape threat: Sylhet intern docs for punishing student leader

Sylhet, May 12 – The intern doctors at Sylhet Women’s Medical College Hospital (SWMC) staged a demonstration demanding the immediate arrest of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader over his rape threat to one of their fellows. They brought out a procession from the medical college premises that ended at the same place and formed a human chain after marching ... Read More »

Senior cop withdrawn for neglect of duty in Nusrat murder case

Dhaka, May 12 – Superintendent of Police (SP) of Feni SM Jahangir Alam Sarker has been withdrawn for negligence of duty over the murder of Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi. The SP was attached to the Police Headquarters (PHQ) on Sunday, said it’s Assistant Inspector General (Media and Public Relations), Sohel Rana. He said Jahangir was withdrawn as per ... Read More »

Combined online college admission for 1mln students in BD opens

Online college admission seekers at the Dhaka Education Board office on Sunday - UNB.

Dhaka, May 12 – A combined online admission process for Class XI (session 2019 – 2020) began on Sunday. The admission under nine general and madrasa boards will continue till May 13. Students who passed Secondary School Certificate and equivalent examinations can apply for Higher Secondary Certificate college admission via official website www. xiclassadmission.gov.bd. Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hasan ... Read More »

Madrasa girl gang-raped, dumped into drain in Jhenaidah

Dhaka, May 11 (UNB) – Two miscreants took turns to violate a madrasa girl before throwing her into a drain tying up her hands, legs and mouth in Jhenaidah district on Friday night. Besides, three minor girls have reportedly been raped in Sherpur and Habiganj districts, a teenage girl has been ‘violated’ after being abducted from Sherpur and three people, ... Read More »

Sylhet Women’s Medical College interns go on strike

Sylhet, May 11 (UNB)- Interns at Sylhet Women’s Medical College  (SWMC) went on an indefinite strike from Saturday protesting against rape threat and assault by a local Chhatra League leader. They abstained from their regular activities and held a human chain at the college’s main gate around 12:30pm. Interns at various hospitals in the city expressed solidarity and announced to join ... Read More »

Spectrum and NY Queens-based SAFEST launch computer lab

Jamaica, N.Y. – Spectrum and the South East Asian Fund for Education, Scholarship and Training (SAFEST), a Queens-based nonprofit, announced and unveiled the opening of a Spectrum Learning Lab with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the school in Jamaica. SAFEST is a non-profit organization that educates and integrates underserved newcomers, usually South Asian immigrants, into the civic and economic life of ... Read More »

Rural education: Moving past poor solutions for poor people

NEW DELHI, May 6 2019 (IPS) – Communities are treated as passive recipients, giving them no say in the functioning of their schools. Here’s why this needs to change. During our work with people living around the Ranthambhor National Park on issues of conservation, livelihoods, and eco-development, a constant question we were asked was how long we thought we could ... Read More »

BD Madrasa girl ‘raped’ in Sherpur

Sherpur, May 2 (UNB)– Police are looking for a 40-year-old man who is suspected of raping an eight-grader in Sreebardi upazila on Wednesday. The victim was alone at her house in Shankar Ghosh village around noon when Ujjal Mia, the suspect, went to her house. He raped her finding her alone, police said quoting her relatives. Locals rescued the victim ... Read More »

Bangladesh Madrasa girl ‘raped’ in Sherpur

Sherpur, May 2 – Police are looking for a 40-year-old man who is suspected of raping an eighth-grader in Sreebardi Upazila on Wednesday. The victim was alone at her house in Shankar Ghosh village around noon when Ujjal Mia, the suspect, went to her house. He raped her finding her alone, police said quoting her relatives. Locals rescued the victim ... Read More »

Student suicide: Charge taken against Viqarunnisa teachers

Dhaka, April 30 – The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka on Tuesday accepted the charges brought against two teachers of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College in a case filed for instigating the suicide of Aritry Adhikary, a ninth-grade student of the institution. The accused teachers are Nazneen Ferdous, acting principal, and Zinat Akhtar, morning shift in-charge of the ... Read More »

Barisal University VC sent on leave

Barishal, Apr 29 (UNB)- Barishal University’s vice-chancellor Prof  Dr SM Imamul Haque has been sent on a 46-day leave amid protests by students and teachers on the campus. An order issued Monday said the President, the university’s chancellor, granted the leave from April 11 to May 26 for personal and administrative purposes.  Treasurer Professor Dr AKM Mahbub Hasan will discharge ... Read More »

Pro-Govt Blue panel sweeps Dhaka University dean election

Dhaka, Apr 29 (UNB) – The Blue Panel of teachers, backed by the ruling Awami League, swept the Dhaka University (DU) dean election on Monday. The ‘Blue Panel’ candidates were elected deans of nine faculties, out of 10, while a candidate of pro-BNP ‘White Panel’ was elected dean of one faculty. The elected ‘Blue Panel’ deans are Abu Md Delwar ... Read More »

Brac varsity student killing: drivers put on remand

Dhaka, April 28 – Covered van driver Anis, who allegedly crashed Brac University student Fahmida Haque Labannya under wheel and uber motor-cycle rider Sumon were on Sunday put on remand in the case filed in connection with the killing of Labannya. Metropolitan Magistrate Baki Billah of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka passed the orders after hearing yesterday. ... Read More »

Seminar on Updates in Hematology held at RMC

Rajshahi, April 24 – A Seminar on“Updates in Hematology” Organized by Department of Hematology of Rajshahi Medical College (RMC) and Hematology Society of Bangladesh (HSB) was held at the college on Wednesday. The program was held at the Amin Uddin Chowdhury gallery of the college from 09.00 to 01.00 on the day. President of HSB Prof. Dr Md. Mahbubur Rahman ... Read More »

Schools, colleges asked to form groups to face sexual attack

Dhaka, Apr 20 (UNB) – The government has directed all the educational institutions under the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) to form five-member committees to prevent incidents of sexual harassment.DSHE director (college and admin) Shahedul Khabir Chowdhury said they have sent the notice to all the government and non-government educational institutions along with the 2009 High Court directive ... Read More »