The government will establish a science and technology university in Sunamganj with a view to creating a specialised higher educational institute in the district.
The new public university will be specialised in science and technology with modern subjects reflecting the demands of local natural resources and people, officials said.
Sources at the University Grants Commission (UGC) said they submitted the draft law on the proposed public university to the education ministry last month.
Earlier in November, the education ministry informed the UGC that the government had decided to establish the ‘Sunamganj Science and Technology University’. The ministry also asked the UGC to prepare a draft law on the public varsity.
Following the directive, UGC chairman Prof Abdul Mannan formed a six-member committee to prepare a draft law on the proposed university. Later the UGC submitted the draft law to the education ministry on February 6.
Jinnat Rehana, Deputy Secretary of Secondary and Higher Education Division, said, “We will take opinions on the draft law from relevant ministries.
Later the draft will be sent to the cabinet after vetting from the law ministry.”
“The work to establish the university will be started after passing the university law through parliament,” the official said.
Sources of the ministry said, in October 2016, State Minister for Finance MA Mannan at a meeting of Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) made a plea to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to set up a public university in his own district in Sunamganj.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, who attended the meeting, also supported state minister on the notion. Later the Prime Minister gave her consent to setting up of the university.
Then, the State Minister sent a demi-official (DO) letter to the Education Minister mentioning that Sunamganj district is located in a backward area of the country where the is no public university for higher education.
“It is important to set up a university for creating scope of higher education for students of the backward district as well as improving the quality of education,” he said.
A UGC official said creating skilled workforce, entrepreneurs and work opportunities at home and abroad is the motto of establishing the public varsity in Sunamganj located in the north-eastern part of the country.
It can be mentioned that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the authorities concerned to establish at least one public or private varsity in each district across the country.
The government is also putting emphasis on establishing universities specialised in science and technology. At present, there are 40 public universities in the country while the total number of private universities is now is 95 across the country.