Govt to form accreditation council to ensure quality education for varsities

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Dhaka, October 10: The government on Monday approved a new law to form an accreditation council to ensure standards of higher education in the country.

The approval of the new law ‘Accreditation Council Act 2016’ came from the regular cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair held at the secretariat.

After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam briefed the decision of the cabinet while talking to reporters.

He told the reporters that the accreditation council will be formed comprising 13 members, including a chairman. There will remain four full-time members and eight part time members in the council.

Shafiul Alam said, “The certification of the council will reflect the university’s standard.”

He added: “The higher education institutions will be evaluated and certified in the light of the council statutes. All universities will come under its purview.”

The council will also try to bring public and private institutions on an even level, he added.

Presently, there are 38 public and 92 private universities in the country.

On March 28 this year, the cabinet provisionally endorsed the draft of the law.

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