Vol. 5 Num 286 Thu. March 17, 2005  

Promote meritorious rural students
President tells University of Asia Pacific convocation

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said it was the prime responsibility of both private and public universities to teach and provide special training to meritorious students to make them experts of international standard.

"Let's face the challenges of the world and concentrate on exporting our talents, knowledge and wisdom. In this context, meritorious rural students should be promoted by providing them with sufficient facilities and scholarships," he said.

The President was addressing the first convocation of the University of Asia Pacific (UAP) at Bangladesh China Friendship Centre in the city.

Iajuddin, however, said it would take time in closing the gap between urban and rural areas, particularly in the field of higher education. "I would have been happier had there been competition among universities on providing quality education," he said.

Referring to allegations that the private university authorities overlook criteria in admission of students, he said, "If it's true, it's really unfortunate for any conscious citizen and the institution itself."

"It's necessary that all qualified students should have the right to go for further education in higher seat of leaning. There is less scope to accommodate students below the standard required for pursuing higher education. It's also the question of dignity of the institution concerned," he said.

He also said the authorities should follow the rules and regulations of UGC and a proper vigilance be made so that such allegations do not come in future.

The President said the absence of proper and high-level selection committees for appointing qualified and knowledgeable teachers hampered the process of providing quality education in the concerned institutions.

"The authorities should make sure right persons are selected in the interest of the students whose success depend on the right direction by their teachers," he said.

Education Minister M Osman Farruk, State Minister for Education Ehsanul Hoque Milon and UAP Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Abdul Matin Patwari also addressed the function.

President Iajuddin Ahmed gives away medals and certificates among the graduating students of the University of Asia Pacific at its first convocation ceremony at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city yesterday. PHOTO: PID