Students at IBAIS University, which the University Grants Commission has recommended for closure, are worried about their future as all university operations, including certificates, have been declared illegal.
“We were not aware of the problem from the university. But when we heard about it, the university authorities assured us that they would fix the problem,” said Rashik Kamal, an MBA student from the university. ‘university.
“We will be the losers and our future will be in danger if the university closes,” he said, urging the government not to close the university.
Mohiuddin, another MBA student, told The Business Standard: “We won’t get the MBA certificates and even our BBA certificates will be invalidated if the university closes permanently.
“If it is compulsory to close the university, the government should organize another university so that we can continue our studies,” he added.
IBAIS University was operating with at least 4000 students in 6 departments from 2002 to 2012. A good number of students graduated from the university and it had everything including legal administration and government approved curriculum.
In 2012, the university found itself embroiled in a dispute over its board of trustees. He began to carry out academic and administrative activities without UGC’s approval.
Two groups, claiming to be members of the board, filed suit against each other in the High Court. Since then, they have been operating two separate and illegal campuses (Dhanmondhi, Uttara), although the Dhanmondi campus has been declared temporarily closed.
Today, the university has only 200 students with 20 professors. But the UGC has declared all university activities, including certificates issued, since 2012 null and void.
Finally, the UGC recommended to the Ministry of Education the immediate closure of IBAIS University because the institution has not fulfilled the conditions for the operation of a university.
The UGC then removed all information about IBAIS University from its website and placed three red marks next to the name of the university.
In an investigation report, the UGC stated that IBAIS University does not comply with the 2010 law on private universities and is involved in many irregularities, especially in the field of certificates.
The UGC found that the university lacks a legal address, authorities and administration to conduct academic activities. The UGC therefore suggested that the Ministry of Education take strong action against the university’s leaders.
The report states that the university will destroy the future of many students if its academic activities continue.
“We suggest publishing a public circular in the national print media on the ban on admitting students to the university,” he said.
Director of UGC’s Private University Division, Md Omar Farooq, told The Business Standard that the commission had sent the report to the Ministry of Education recommending action against the university.
UGC sources said the university was established in 2002 and obtained temporary certificates for five years. According to the Private Universities Act 2010, a private university receives temporary permission to conduct its academic activities.
Within seven years of obtaining temporary approval with a grace period of five years, the university should have its permanent campus and meet other conditions to continue its academic and administrative activities. Otherwise, academic activities, including the registration of new students, will be automatically closed.
But IBAIS University did not ask for a grace period or permanent certificates.
According to the investigation report, the UGC team found two university presidents named Jakaria Linkon and Sowkot Aziz Rasel. The UGC team tried to talk to them but failed.
Jakaria Linkon and Sowkot Aziz Rasel have filed several complaints against each other in the High Court. But they carry out academic activities on the illegal campuses of Dhanmondi and Uttara.
Therefore, action can be taken against Jakaria Linkon and Sowkot Aziz Rasel for establishing the campus without UGC’s approval, according to the report.
IBAIS University does not have a Vice-Chancellor, who is also the president of the union, since 2012. The union approves academic and administrative activities, budget, recruitment, examinations and results. But all the work has been illegal since 2012. Therefore, the exams and results as well as the certificates provided to students have no legal basis.
Sowkot Aziz Rasel told The Business Standard that the university has been temporarily closed.
Jakaria Linkon claimed that he was the legal authority to manage the campus and also operated a campus in Uttara. But he admitted that he did not get permission to run the Uttara campus.
According to Jakaria Linkon, there are 200 students with 20 professors at its Uttara campus. The campus also has three faculties and six departments.
“I have filed five complaints against the Ministry of Education and UGC. No one can close the university without the court’s opinion. I hope the court will allow me to operate the university,” did he declare.
Adnan Noor, a former student of the university, said former and current students of the university need recognition.
“We have no objections to the closure of the university but the government needs to make sure who will take responsibility for us,” he said.
Md Jahid, another alumnus of the university, told The Business Standard that former students must obtain certificates and other documents from the university.
“But we didn’t get them because the Dhanmondi campus was closed,” he said, adding, “Many of my bandmates couldn’t go to study abroad because their certificates didn’t qualify. could not be verified. We also face many problems when we submit our certificates for jobs.”
UGC director Omar Farooq said: “Students can be transferred to other universities if the ministry closes the university. We will do everything in the best interest of the students.
Syed Manzoorul Islam, a renowned educationist and former professor in the Department of English at the University of Dhaka, told The Business Standard that the government should check the creditworthiness of initiators of all private universities. Admins need to know this is not a business center.”
UGC Fellow Professor Md Alamgir told The Business Standard that the UGC is currently working to uncover substandard private universities.
“We will recommend the closure of all underperforming universities and those that break the laws. We have already identified some universities and will release the list soon,” he added.
There are 108 private universities with over 3.5 lakh students in the country.
Md Abu Yousuf Miah, Additional Secretary (University) Division of Secondary and Higher Education, told The Business Standard that he will implement the UGC’s recommendation if the report is genuine and logical.
It can be mentioned that the government shut down Darul Ihsan University in 2016 in accordance with a High Court order declaring its academic activities illegal.
The government launched a judicial inquiry headed by Judge Kazi Ebadul Haque to investigate allegations of “certificate affairs”, property disputes and numerous other irregularities in 2010.
The committee recommended the university be closed in 2013. In 2014, UGC alerted students and tutors to admission.