The government has decided to lift the restriction on age limit for diploma course admission at polytechnic institutes, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni said Wednesday.
She made the disclosure at a virtual meeting on the development of technical education.
“The decision was taken to increase the enrollment rate of technical education and to give institutional recognition to the skilled workers returning from abroad,” Dipu Moni said.
She mentioned that the government is paying utmost importance to technical education in a bid to tackle the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and implement Vision-2041 announced by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The decision will help those who have technical skills but lack institutional recognition. Thanks to the decision, he or she can get admitted to the desired diploma courses, she added.
At the same time, the minimum qualification of male students for admission to diploma courses has been reduced from GPA 3.5 to 2.5 and GPA 3 of female students is reduced to 2.25.
Besides, the admission fee of diploma courses was cut down from Tk 1,825 to Tk 1090.
Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel, among others, spoke at the meeting while Munshi Shahabuddin, Secretary to Technical and Madrasah Education Division, was in the chair.
Professor Dr Ruhul Amin of management department has been appointed as the new dean of business administration faculty of Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia on Wednesday.
IU acting registrar SM Abdul Latif confirmed that matter and said that the university Vice-Chancellor Professor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari appointed Ruhul to the post for the next three years.
Ruhul Amin will succeed the former dean Professor Arabinda Saha who ended his tenure recently, he added.
Dhaka University (DU), the country’s oldest university, stepped into its 100th year on Wednesday but it preferred holding low-key programmes to celebrate the big moment due to coronavirus pandemic.
Amid an usual scenario in the country as elsewhere in the world due to the pandemic, the DU authorities are celebrating its 99th founding anniversary with very limited programmes.
As part of marking the milestone, the national as well as the university flags were hoisted in front of Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban around 10.30 am.
Meanwhile, an online discussion was underway at Abdul Matin Chowdhury Virtual Classroom with DU VC Prof Akhtaruzzaman in the chair. It began at 11 am.
National Professor Dr Rafiqul Islam is scheduled to present the keynote paper while DU Pro-VC (Academic) Prof Dr ASM Maksud Kamal, Pro-VC (Administration) Professor Dr Muhammad Samad and Treasurer Professor Dr Kamal Uddin will address the programme.
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Dhaka University, which is considered as the country’s highest echelon for academic excellence, started its academic activities on July 1, 1921 with 12 departments, 3 faculties, 60 teachers, 877 students, 3 residential halls and about 600 acres of land.
It has played a vital role in the country’s history. Its students and teachers sacrificed their lives in the 1952 Language Movement , 1969 Mass Upsurge and during the 1971 Liberation War and anti-autocracy movement in 1990.
National University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Harun-Or-Rashid on Monday said all colleges of the country will be brought under a single platform soon to continue education online.
He informed this at a Zoom meeting with 64 college principals of 64 districts.
“To ensure cent percent educational activities during this Covid-19 pandemic, the work of bringing all colleges under one device is going on,” the NU VC said.
A letter was sent to the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to take steps in this regard, he informed.
The NU VC also said that the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Education Ministry have been working to introduce the Learning Management System (LMS).
“We want to introduce an easy system so that students can purchase data and get connected with online education activities,” he added.
Earlier on Sunday, the NU VC directed colleges under National University to continue online education activities.
NU Pro VC Dr Mashiur Rahman, Dean of Master's Education, Training and Research Centre Dr Md Anwar Hossain, and NU Registrar and Dean Dr Md Nasir Uddin among others attended the meeting.
Earlier on June 15, the government extended the closure of all the educational institutions until August 6 considering the worsening coronavirus situation.
On March 16, all educational institutions were shut to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
A total of 1,14,697 students of 157 technical educational institutions across the country will receive stipend through bKash for purchasing educational materials.
Education Minister Dipu Moni inaugurated the program of stipend distribution under the Directorate of Technical Education on Saturday, said a press release.
Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education was also present.
Technical and Madrasah Education Division secretary Munshi Shahabuddin Ahmed, Director General of the Directorate of Technical Education Md. Sanowar Hossain, Director General of the Directorate of Madrasha Education Shafiuddin Ahmed, Managing Director of Agrani Bank Mohammad Shams-Ul Islam, and Chief Executive Officer of bKash Kamal Quadirwere also connected to the event.
Agrani Bank is the banking partner of this stipend disbursement program of the Directorate of Technical Education.
Under this program, each student will get Tk 3,000 as stipend and Tk 1,000 for purchasing educational materials in every six months.
Secondary education stipend program is the largest stipend scheme run by the Ministry of Education to reduce the dropout rate of school students.
Meanwhile, 4 million students of secondary level have already received stipends through bKash under Integrated Stipend Program in the shortest possible time easily.