Dhaka University students are losing interest in acquiring knowledge due to the fall of standard in its education and growing unemployment, said its Professor Emeritus Dr Serajul Islam Choudhury on Friday.
"The standard of education [in DU] is falling fast. These days students are busy preparing themselves for public recruitment tests, including Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS), rather than acquiring knowledge," he said.Prof Serajul Islam, a literary critic and social and political analyst, said this while addressing a seminar at Teacher-Student Centre of the universityorganised by Dhaka University Journalists' Association (Duja).
Stressing the importance of research, the renowned academician also called for abolishing the traditional system of science, arts and commerce, and making it more knowledge-oriented one.
Serajul Islam also said the budget allocation for the education sector should be increased for ensuring quality education and overall development of the sector.
Addressing the seminar, Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University Prof Dr Akhtaruzzaman said his university would have secured a position in the world ranking if the Times Higher Education (THE) had been provided with the required data in time.
"Dhaka University failed to provide the data sought by 'THE' that made the ranking of universities," the VC said.
The Times Higher Education, a London-based organisation, has recently published a list of 417 top-ranking universities in Asia but Dhaka University could not secure any position in the list-2019.The university was among the 350 best universities of Asia according to 'THE' world university ranking in 2018.
DUJA General Secretary Mahdi Al Muhtasim Nibir conducted the function held with its President Ryhanul Islam Abir in the chair.
DU Pro VC (Admin)Dr Mohammad Samad,Proctor AKM Golam Rabbani, DU Registrar Dr Enamuzzaman,Director of Bangladesh Television Harunur Rashid, leaders of Dhaka University Central Students' Union (DUCSU), activists and leaders of different student organisations were present at the program.