President Abdul Hamid on Saturday said transparency and accountability must be ensured in every university activity to ensure respect for teachers.
“When I open the newspaper, it seems that the main responsibility of some vice-chancellors is to give jobs to family members and loyalists and take administrative and financial privileges in various ways,” he said while addressing Dhaka University’s 53rd convocation.
The president, who is also the chancellor of the university, presided over the grand event held at the central field on the campus. Nobel laureate French economist Prof Jean Tirole joined as the convocation speaker.
Mentioning the supervision, management, evaluation and development of the administrative and academic activities of the university as a vice-chancellor’s key responsibilities, the president said that respect for teachers in society is gradually shrinking due to the activities of some vice-chancellors and teachers.
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He also emphasised taking care of the issues seriously as the dignity of the entire teachers’ community can’t be undermined due to the activities of a few dishonest people.
President Hamid said many teachers also consider university jobs as an “optional duty” as they prefer to take part-time courses, evening courses or classes in private universities.
He said it is the expectation of everyone that teachers will be responsible towards the profession as they are leading and respected figures in society.
“We want every university to become the heart of research and academic education under the leadership of the vice-chancellor and with the cooperation of students and teachers,” he said, adding that merit and qualification should be prioritised in any recruitment including teachers.
Prof Jean Tirole, whose work had a significant impact across a wide range of fields within economics, including microeconomics, game theory, and industrial organization, was awarded a Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) degree at the event as the 53rd awardee.
Graduates, postgraduate students who registered for the convocation and invitees were allowed to attend the programme in person.
A total of 30,348 students registered for the convocation of whom 22,287 are from Dhaka University and 7,796 students from the affiliated colleges.
A total of 153 gold medals were conferred on teachers, researchers and students for their research and academic excellence. Besides, 97 received Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees while 35 academics received MPhil degrees.
Students and teachers from seven colleges also joined the convocation virtually.