Although research is a major component of any institution for higher studies, Jahangirnagar University (JU) in the capital is giving almost no attention to this area.
The university has been spending only Tk 50 lakh on research for the last four years though annual expenditure on other sectors at the institution is showing a gradual increase.
Research is vital for sound and proper functioning of any higher educational education, but the JU authorities appear reluctant to prioritise this key area.
Statistics of the University Grants Commission (UGC) show that expenditure at the JU increased to Tk 11,490 lakh in 2015 from Tk 8,215 lakh in 2011 but spending on research remains static at Tk 50 lakh.
Annual expenditure at the university was Tk 8,215 lakh in 2011, Tk 9,069.29 lakh in 2013, Tk 10,415 lakh in 2014 and Tk 11,490 lakh in 2015, as per the UGC data.
But spending on research at the public university was a meager sum of Tk 50 lakh in the last four years, which gives a dismal picture to the state of this vital area.
Contacted, Prof. Abul Hossain, pro-vice chancellor of the university, told daily sun that they can’t give proper attention to research due to scanty allocation from the government.
“We get poor allocation from the government. Our internal income is also very limited. As a result, we can not give proper attention to research work,” he noted.
Prof. Abul Hossain also said government allocation for research work at the university had been static for the last few years, but it has increased this year.
UGC statistics also show that Jahangirnagar University got Tk 2070.98 lakh from the government for annual expenses in 1995 and spent Tk 7.36 lakh on research in the year.
Government allocation for the university was Tk 2105.98 lakh in 1998 and the university authorities spent Tk 2.29 lakh on research in the year.
Allocation for the university increased to Tk 2343.94 lakh in 1999 while the institution spent Tk 8.96 lakh for carrying out research work in the year.
It can be mentioned that research spending at the public university was Tk 9 lakh in 2003, Tk 18 lakh in 2005, Tk 18 lakh in 2006 and Tk 20.10 lakh in 2007.
UGC data also shows that spending on electricity, transport and treatment of teachers, students and employees is 3-12 times higher than research spending.
Spending on transport was Tk 422.68 lakh in 2011 while it was Tk 240 lakh on electricity and Tk 118.73 lakh on treatment of teachers, students and employees in the year.
In 2013, the university spent Tk 456.86 lakh on transport, Tk 325 lakh on electricity and Tk 132.08 lakh on treatment of teachers, students and employees.
Spending on transport, electricity and healthcare for teachers, students and employees of the university increased in 2014 compared to that of the previous year.
A total of Tk 489.57 lakh was spent on transport, Tk 496 lakh on electricity and Tk 171.64 lakh on healthcare for teachers, students and employees in the year.
In 2015, the university authorities spent Tk 501.92 lakh for transport, Tk 600.50 lakh for electricity and Tk 169.81 lakh for treatment of teachers, students and employees.