Dhaka, Bangladesh
Unified policy for recruitment of teachers at public universities

Unified policy for recruitment of teachers at public universities

News Desk Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Wednesday said a unified policy would be formulated for teacher’s recruitment at public universities. “We have taken opinions of the people concerned to formulate the unified policy,” he told a workshop at the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh in the city, says a press release. Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh Prof Abdul Mannan, President of Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers Association (FBUTA), UGC Member Dr Md Aktar Hossain, vice chancellors of different public universities, among others, addressed the workshop. Nahid said, “Recruitment of teachers and promotion will be incorporated in the policy…. We are taking opinions of public universities for formulation of teachers’ recruitment policy.” He urged the authorities of the universities to impart education to keep pace with the demand of time for boosting the development process in the country. “All universities should generate new knowledge through intensifying research works,” the minister added. UNB adds: At the workshop, Vice-chancellors of 42 public universities discussed the proposed guidelines formulated by the UGC. As per the proposed guidelines, candidates must have GPA 4.50 in a scale of 5.00 in SSC, HSC and equivalent examinations for being recruited as lecturers, assistant professors, associate professors and professors at the public universities. To promote a teacher as a professor from associate professor, a total of 22 years of working experience is needed, including at least 10 years as associate professor. For MPhil degree holders, the minimum requirement is 17 years, including seven years as associate professor, while for the PhD holders, it is 12 years, including at least five years as associate professor. The candidates must have at least 12 publications in recognised journals, say the draft guidelines. To get promotion as an associate professor, a teacher must have experience of 14 years of active teaching, including at least seven years’ experience as assistant professor. The requirement is nine years and seven years respectively for MPhil and PhD degree holders. The minimum experience required for being promoted as an assistant professor is three years which is two years for MPhil degree holders and one year for PhD degree holders. The Education Minister said the proposed guidelines will be finalised after proper discussions. He also urged the teachers to produce more original research works and publications to enhance the standard of country’s education. Taking part in the discussion on the proposed guidelines, some of the VCs suggested dropping the matter of taking the results of SSC and HSC examinations into consideration, and making written test mandatory while recruiting lecturers. Rajshahi University VC Prof Abdus Sobhan said good results do not always ensure quality teachers. “A student who might not have done well in the SSC and HSC exams can be a good student in university and do well as a teacher,” he said. National University VC Prof Harunur Rashid said a written test should be made mandatory for recruiting lecturers judging their qualification. Jahangirnagar University VC Prof Farzana Islam urged all public universities to open their doors for other public university students while recruiting teachers.

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