The University Grants Commission (UGC) has taken an initiative to project the true picture of research and researchers of the country’s universities aiming to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UGC officials said if this initiative is implemented, the quality of education and research at the universities will be increased to the desired level by 2030 while the number of researchers will also increase at a significant rate in the country.The commission came up with the announcement from a virtual workshop on data delivery held on Monday with UGC member Prof Biswajit Chanda in the chair.
Prof Biswajit Chanda said there is a huge lack of quality and fruitful research in the country, so there is need for necessary planning to overcome this situation.
“There is no alternative to quality education and research to build a prosperous Bangladesh by 2041 and I think that this initiative will make it easier to determine the real picture and work plan of the research at the universities,” he added.
UGC officials said there is no system in the country to preserve the actual information of researchers and researchers at the universities. As a result, universities are not being able to achieve the desired position in the world university ranking.
It was decided at the workshop that UGC would create a database to know the real picture of research and researchers of the universities. Information on research, researchers and research assistants and working hours spent on research will be added at the database.
The decision was taken in line with the goal nine of SDGs to increase research activities at the universities of the country.The concerned officials of UGC, Science and Technology ministry, Secondary and Higher education division of education ministry, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) and Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics took part at the virtual workshop.