Corruption tarnishing NU's image
National University (NU), country's largest institution for higher studies in terms of the number of students, is allegedly caught in as vicious cycle of corruption and irregularities. According to the sources, on January 7, 2018 Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) issued a notice mentioning tha t an investigation team has been formed to investigate the allegation of corruption and different irregularities brought against the authority of National University (NU), Bangladesh.
The notice also mentioned the authority of the university must produce all the papers related to question papers making, the evaluation of answer scripts of different examinations, appointment of different officials in different positions, opening Honors and Masters in different colleges countrywide, job circulars etc before ACC.
ACC has accused some of the officials of the university of violating the rules and proper procedures while dealing with the aforesaid issues. No doubt, the notice helps us understand the largest public university of Bangladesh has been passing hard times.
The above mentioned allegation, in different ways, overshadows the glorious past of the university. We hope the concerned authority of the university would be able to bring back the lost image of the university through producing proper documents before ACC.
Moreover, a 22 October, 2017 notice of University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh has mentioned that UGC has formed a committee in order to prepare a report on the allegation of 104 Crore financial irregularities and tax and revenue scam against the authority of National University, Bangladesh.
We all know that the above mentioned accusations are under investigation. We anticipate that the concerned authority of the university would give proper answers to the queries made by ACC and UGC.
Last year an online based news portal Bd Today in a report mentioned "Illegal recruitment, misappropriation of money, result forgery and issuance of fake certificates are rampant at the university, competent sources said. Although the university witnessed many vice-chancellors since its inception, it could not come out from the endemic rot, according to a Bangladesh Pratidin report.
'Tens of thousands students study under this university but there has been no major development here as many administrative officials were engaged in corruption,' the sources were quoted as saying. It is learnt from the sources that Tk 5 lakh is being shown as expenditure such as house rent, salary of employees, electricity, gas and phone bills in regional centers. A total of Tk 25 lakh is expended monthly and Tk 3 crore annually from the five regional centers across the country, the sources said."
According to a report of Dhaka Tribune, published on March 13, 2017, a NU acting exam controller, who allegedly provided selection grades to a number of NU officials in violation of government rules, which caused the loss of public money, was arrested by ACC last year.
Moreover, a number of reliable sources have mentioned that the present VC always remains surrounded with a vicious cycle of some corrupt officials of the university. The VC must come out from the cycle of those corrupts and take time-tailored steps to make this institution a reliable place for gaining knowledge. (Some internet based sources are used to prepare the feature.)