In Bangladesh, everybody is talking about â€œquality educationâ€ from top to bottom. There are more than 86 higher educational institutions in Bangladesh. Every day, news appears in the media on quality education. But the reality is very different.
Dhaka University is still the best educational institution in the country. But unfortunately, still today, if a student has very good results (SSC A-grade, HSC A-grade, BSc first class first and MSc first class first, who can be considered as the most meritorious student) and if she/he goes for a PhD to a foreign country, she/he has to complete at least four to five semesters (varies from department to department) before she/he can start her/his PhD course. In other words, an MSc degree with a first class first, from the best educational institution of the country, is equivalent to less than BSc grade of a foreign university. This shows the quality of higher education in Bangladesh. One can simply imagine how much money the parents are spending, or rather wasting, for their children, how much money the country is losing every year, and how many valuable years the students are losing from their life.
My intention is simply to draw attention of the responsible authorities - Ministry of Education, the University Grants Commission - so that they act before it is too late.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Saifullah Khandker, Chairman, IGUB e.V. Technische UniversitÃ¤t Berlin, Institute for Chemistry , Berlin, Germany