Aga Khan Development Network delegation meets UGC Chairman
A two-member delegation from Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) called on University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh Chairman Professor Abdul Mannan at UGC Bhaban on 11 February 2019.
UGC Members Professor Dr. Mohammad Yousuf Ali Mollah, Professor Dr. Dil Afroza Begum, Professor Dr. Md. Akhtar Hossain and Professor Dr. M. Shah Nowaz Ali; Dr. Md. Fakhrul Islam, Director, Private University Division, UGC, Ray Zinsli, Dirctor, Academic Planning and Development Director, the Aga Khan Academy Dhaka, Maksudur Rahman Bhuiyan, Additional Director, International Co-operation & Collaboration (ICC) and Md. Shahin Siraj, Deputy Secretary, Administration Division, UGC were present in the meeting.
The delegation informed UGC Chairman that AKDN has established the Academic Institute in Dhaka. It is offering International Baccalaureate (IB) course from the institution. They sought cooperation from UGC for recognition of its certificates.
UGC Chairman Professor Mannan said IB entity is very relevant. It is opening up a new gate of education in the country. "But it is a policy issue and it needs a review from the concerned authorities. For this, we need to organise a joint meeting to settle the equivalence and other issues of IB,” he said.
The UGC Chairman also said "We have a big pool of young population in the country. Our duty is to create skilled and qualified human resources."
Mr. Munir Merali, AKDN Resident Diplomatic Representative to Bangladesh said IB programme will help to crate skilled and efficient manpower in the country. Besides, it will improve the access to quality education. He also said IB programme is similar to A Level and Higher Secondary Certificate.
AKDN agencies are present in some 35 countries across South Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America.
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