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Education Minister, Nurul Islam Nahid, on Monday urged the private universities authorities to fix admission and tuition fees considering the socio-economic status of the country.
He made the statement while addressing the Third Convocation of Prime Asia University as the chief guest at the Bashundhara Convention City in Dhaka.
Speaking on the occasion, he said, “I adjure all the private universities to keep admission and tuition fees at a fixed level by considering the fact of the country, and the socio-economic condition of the people.”
“The current government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has made a revolutionary decision to bring change in the education sector. As a result, unprecedented change has come in education sector. Investment in education sector has been increased. Government has permitted establishment of many public and private universities, and taken initiatives to uphold the qualitative standard of thee universities,” he added.
Warning the private universities that could not meet the minimum standard, the minister said, “We couldn’t keep some of the private universities on the right track. Many of them have no permanent campus. So there is no way of taking legal action against them.”
The Canadian High Commissioner Benoit Préfontaine addressed the convocation as the convocation speaker.
Some 5,856 graduate and post graduate students were awarded degrees at the convocation while six students were awarded the Chancellor’s gold medal, five students were awarded Vice-Chancellor’s gold medal and four were awarded chairman’s gold medal in the programme.
Chairman of the University Grants Commission Prof Abdul Mannan, chairman of the board of trustees of Prime Asia University MA Khaleque and the Vice-Chancellor Prof Abdul Hannan Chowdhury addressed the programme, among others.

Staff Correspondent