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Bangladesh: Govt to appoint administrators for troubled pvt universities

Darul Ihsan UniversityThe government will appoint administrators in troubled private universities if the institutes cannot resolve disputes on contentious issues like ownership and moving to their own campuses. The education ministry also threatened to stop academic activities of these universities if the problems were not resolved through arbitrations.

The decision was taken at a review meeting at the ministry with Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid in the chair. The meeting also discussed different cases filed over the issues, said a press release.

According to the release, the troubled universities are: Darul Ihsan University, Prime University, Northern University, Southern University, Asian University of Bangladesh, BGC Trust University, Queens University, and America Bangladesh University.
Measures will be taken to resolve the cases of the universities over Board of Trustees or outer campuses quickly by bringing those [cases] in one court, the meeting decided.

The meeting also came up with a new deadline for the private universities to shift to their own campuses. The universities, which could not move to their own campuses even seven years after inception, will have to shift to their own campuses by September 15, 2015.

“Otherwise, temporary approval of the universities will be cancelled and the universities will not be able to enrol students after the new deadline,” said the release.

The ministry had earlier given deadlines to the universities three times, but still many universities could not move to their own campuses.

The meeting decided to appoint vice chancellors, pro-vice chancellors and treasures to those universities which did not propose names for the posts yet.

It also warned of taking stern action against the universities which do not carry out audits regularly or submit audit reports to the ministry, said the release, adding that the ministry and University Grants Commission (UGC) will jointly form an audit team which will audit the universities gradually.

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