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Pvt varsities can’t be profit-making orgs

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Staff Reporter
President Abdul Hamid has underscored the need for the united efforts of all so that private universities cannot turn into profit-making institutions.
"We've to keep in mind that higher educational institutions must not become profit-making business organisation in any way. So, we must ensure together that those are not becoming centres of making profits as they’ll have to become the real hub of acquiring knowledge," he said.
The President said this yesterday while addressing the third convocation of Uttara University held at Bangabandhu International Convocation Centre in the city.
A total of 3,011 students received degrees at the convocation while two students were given medals for their outstanding performance.
President Abdul Hamid, also the Chancellor of the university, lamented that the scope for the students coming from poor families to have higher education is less at private universities as these are expensive.
"Facilities, including scholarships, will have to be increased for them (poor students)," he said urging all concerned to consider the issue so that all the children -- both of rich but poor families -- can avail themselves of the scope of acquiring university education.
"Our many universities couldn’t yet become the proper centers of practicing knowledge. The results we get from the existing examination system are actually collected ones not the ones which are produced. Students might have greed for such a system, but no affection. It won’t be possible to achieve the goal of education if we can’t turn the universities into the hubs of knowledge."
It is indispensable to have a deep relation between education and research because new knowledge is created through research which may play an important role in fulfilling the demand of society, said the President.
“University teachers need to involve themselves in research works, and they (teachers) must have the vigor to know what types of work are going on in their related fields elsewhere in the world,” he added.
Mentioning that the government has widened the scope for setting up more public and private universities to groom up students to conduct research works of international standards, Hamid said, “But, the standards of some universities have recently been discussed and criticized in the newspapers. Allegations of irregularities against some universities have also been found which have frustrated the nation.”
PM’s adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury and Uttara University VC Dr M Azizur Rahman, among others, addressed the function. Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) AK Azad Chowdhury delivered speech as the convocation speaker.