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Sitting allowance at varsities unethical

Says UGC chairman

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 18 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Kazi Shahidullah on Sunday said that providing sitting allowance for a participant in a meeting at universities is unreasonable.

“Convening a meeting at university is part of a routine work. It is not at all appropriate to receive sitting allowance for it during office hours. Members of Board of Trustees of various private universities are receiving sitting allowances illegally, which is not desirable at all,” he said.

The UGC chairman came up with the remarks while addressing a seminar on raising awareness about corruption on Sunday.

He said the amount of sitting allowance is going up day by day.

He suggested that the university curriculum focus on honesty, morality and social values to end the scourge of corruption.

“Apart from being vocal about corruption, we have to hate corruption.”

UGC acting secretary Ferdous Zaman presided over the event while National Museum of Science and Technology (NMST) Director General Muhammad Munir Chowdhury was the key speaker.

UGC members Prof Dil Afroza Begum, Prof Md Abu Taher and Prof Biswajit Chanda also spoke, among others.

In her speech, Prof Dil Afroza Begum said that acts of financial and administrative irregularities by various people including Vice-Chancellors have taken a serious turn. She called for speedy implementation of the recommendations made by the probe bodies regarding corruption allegations.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Abu Taher said that corruption in university would reduce to a large extent if those involved in financial and administrative irregularities are brought to book.

Besides, he said, ensuring transparency and accountability in the organization through automation will be of great help.

Development economists believe that high economic growth cuts corruption enormously, but the case is exception in Bangladesh, he said.

Addressing at the event, Munir Chowdhury said that corruption is worse than coronavirus. Organized corruption is destroying state institutions and increasing inequality in society, he said.

Chowdhury, also the former Director General (DG) of Anti-Corruption Commission, suggested strengthening the audit and investigation cell to get rid of corruption at higher educational institutes.