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UGC to provide scholarship for public varsity teachers

Tk 200m sought from education ministry

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 27 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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UGC to provide scholarship for public varsity teachers

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has taken initiative to introduce scholarship for the teachers of public university to help them pursue higher studies abroad.

UGC Chairman Prof Kazi Shahidullah on January 10 sent a letter to Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni seeking an allocation of Tk 200 million to implement the plan.

UGC officials said once a large number of full-funded scholarships were offered to Bangladeshi higher education seekers from universities of the developed world.

However, the opportunities for the Bangladeshis are gradually declining due to the improvement in the economic status of the country.

The UGC wants to ensure that Bangladeshis can continue their higher education abroad as the commission has taken the step to introduce scholarship for the public university teachers to encourage them in the higher studies.

The UGC chairman said there is no alternative to research in higher education while the trend of research has increased among the teachers and students at the universities. “There’s a lot of interest among teachers and students to pursue higher education abroad. However, many teachers can’t go abroad for the higher studies due to their financial constraints.”

“So, we’ll introduce the foreign scholarships for interested qualified and trained teachers and hopefully, we’ll be able to introduce the scholarship from the next financial year,” said Prof Shahidullah.

According to the UGC letter, Bangladesh has achieved the status of a middle-income country from a low-income one. There is widespread expansion of higher education to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In order to expand the scope for education and research, foreign scholarships are essential for qualified and meritorious teachers of the public universities.

Taking this into consideration, the UGC at its Budget Management Committee (BMC) meeting for 2021-22 fiscal year decided to allocate funds for foreign scholarships,

realising the need to improve the excellence and quality of research of the university teachers.

The UGC has urged the Ministry of Education to take necessary measures to allocate Tk 200 million in the UGC budget for 2022-23 financial year for implementation of the foreign scholarship plan for the university teachers and open the related economic code.

The UGC sources said foreign scholarships will be given to the teachers through formulating guidelines in this regard.

A working committee, led by UGC Director (Strategic Planning and Quality Assurance) Dr Md Fakhrul Islam, was formed to formulate the guidelines to provide the scholarship for the public university teachers.

The UGC scholarship will be spent for the accommodation and food expenses of the teachers who will be able to get tuition fee exemption from foreign universities.

At present, there are two more foreign scholarships in the country. Of these, almost all the Prime Minister's Scholarships are given to government officials.

Besides, Bangabandhu Overseas Scholarship is open only for teachers of Dhaka University. But there are no scholarships for teachers of other universities for higher studies abroad.