Staff Correspondent: Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni yesterday said the government is working restlessly to improve the standard of higher education aiming to create skilled manpower in the country.
“Everyone must work together to create skilled manpower here. That’s why there is no alternative to higher education,” she said while addressing the 8th convocation of Daffodil International University on its permanent campus located at Ashulia, Savar.
Dipu Moni said the country is now on the right track of development under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and it is advancing fast. “Bangladesh has already turned into a digitalised one,” she added. She said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken several steps to reorganize all the tiers of the country’s higher education.
Noting that the country’s private universities is a potential sector for higher education, the minister said at present, the number of private universities is higher than the public universities in the country. “The number of students of private universities is also higher compared to the students of public universities,” she added.
Urging the new generation to build themselves as the architects of future Bangladesh, Dipu Moni said Bangladesh has already turned into a prosperous and developing country and that is why the students of new generation have to take the lead in building “Digital Bangladesh”.
Speaking at the convocation, chairman of the University Grants Commission Prof Abdul Mannan said there are 103 private universities in the country, while 72 percent people are literate here.
Terming the higher education a tool of development, he said there is no alternative to developing higher education.
Porf Pornchai Mongkhonvanit of Siam University, Thailand, addressed the event as the convocation speaker.
Daffodil University vice-chancellor Prof Dr Yusuf Mahbubul Alam, its pro-vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mahbub Ul Haque Majumder, trustee board chairman Dr Md Sabur Khan and registrar Prof Dr AKM Fazlul Haque, among others, spoke.
A total of 5,631 newly graduates, including 156 foreign students, were conferred with degrees at the convocation.