Vol. 4 Num 11 Sun. June 08, 2003  
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Quality education must for democracy: PM

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said her government attaches great importance to improving the standard of education in order to make independence and democracy meaningful.

"There should be fun in learning. It should be spontaneous and able to inspire independent thoughts and consciousness," she said while addressing the 3rd Convocation 2003 of Bangladesh Open University (BOU) here yesterday.

The prime minister and chancellor of the Open University conferred degrees and certificates to nearly 650 students who included 16 MBAs, 391 Bachelors in Education, 56 Bachelors in English Language Teaching and 174 Bachelors in Agricultural Education.

Minister for Education Dr Osman Farooq, State Minister Ehsanul Huq Milon and Vice Chancellor Prof M Ershadul Bari also addressed the function.

Assistant Director General for Communication and Information of UNESCO and former VC of Indira Gandhi Open University Prof Abdul Waheed Khan delivered the Convocation speech.

Khaleda Zia, whose first government had set up the Open University in October 1992, said this seat of learning was designed to turn the backward population into human resource and change the lot of the neglected section of the society, particularly women.

She lauded the role of the Open University in expanding education for women and hoped that the institution would play a more powerful role in this regard in the days ahead.

The prime minister said she was happy that the university was going to launch graduation programme in nursing which she said would help remove the crisis of trained nurses and also create a scope for sending them abroad for employment.

She also expressed her satisfaction at the university's plan to provide higher secondary certificates in science and commerce from next July.

Khaleda Zia called upon the university authorities to carry out a survey to see how its programmes have benefited its students in real life.

The Open University, through its six schools and departments, offers 21 formal and 19 informal academic programmes.

The BOU has 12 regional centres, 80 local and 863 tutorial centres for conduction four courses of Masters, six of Bachelors, eight of certificates and three of diplomas.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia addresses the third convocation at Bangladesh Open University yesterday. Photo: PID