POST TIME: 14 December, 2019 12:20:05 AM
No steps yet to stop JU evening programmes
OUR Correspondent, JU

No steps yet to stop JU 
evening programmes

Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities have not taken any steps to discontinue evening programmes in different departments, though the University Grants Commission (UGC) has given instructions to stop in this regard.

The university authorities said they would take steps after talking to the departments concerned soon. JU pro-VC (education) Prof Nurul Alam said, “We have already been informed that the UGC has issued an instruction to discontinue evening programmes in all public universities. But we are yet to take a decision on this.”

“We need to talk to the departments that are conducting evening programmes. Only after that will we be able to take a final decision,” he added.

This issue was not taken up by the university syndicate meeting held on Thursday evening.

Prof Sazzad Layek Endellah, one of the syndicate members, said, “The topic of discontinuation of the evening programmes was not included in the agenda. So, there was no discussion on this matter in the syndicate on Thursday.”

General students, however, said evening programmes should be conducted in some technical subjects like computer science engineering (CSE), information technology (IT), and BBA courses only for the students of the varsity.  The programmes should also be monitored by the central authorities, they noted. Ariful Islam, a student of the mathematics department, said, “Students in other disciplines need to be proficient in information technology. So, the university authorities should launch such courses rather than weekend courses under individual departments. The central authorities can conduct the courses.”

Students of the evening programme said they wanted such facilities. Abu Bakar Siddique enrolled himself in an evening programme of the varsity. “The university should decide whether its departments would conduct weekend programmes or not. But, I think, it should be conducted in different technical subjects that are in demand in the job market,” he said. The departments concerned said they are ready to follow the central authorities' decision on the issue.

Head of the geography and environment department, Prof Monzurul Hasan, said, “We need to talk to the teachers. After all, we need to complete the courses for the current crop of students. If most teachers are in favour of closing the evening programmes, we'll stop it immediately. But we first need to discuss the issue. We are ready to follow the decision of university’s central authorities.”

In total, 15 departments have been conducting evening programmes on the campus. When contacted, the former VC said, “I approved such courses only for the students of the university. But, now, the departments are conducting such courses for their personal income. This practice should immediately stop.”