Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – The Bangladesh government has decided not to allow after September 2011 admission of students to private universities which have failed to shift to permanent campuses by the stipulated time of five years.
Out of the 51 private universities, 41 have failed to meet the conditions on which they were given temporary permission, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said at briefing at the ministry on Sunday.

He also said it is a matter of great concern that only eight of them have shifted to their own campuses while 22 have not taken any such move although they are expanding their activities.

The minister, however, said they would be allowed to enrol students and to introduce more academic programs if they could run their activities on their own campuses and provide necessary facilities for students in five years.

In keeping with the Private University Act 2010, the permanent campuses should be established on an area of one acre in Dhaka and Chittagong metropolitan cities and on two acres in other areas five years inside the issuance of temporary permission instead of five acres of land as stipulated in the 1992 act.

The errant universities would not be allowed to advertise admission and introduce any more courses or programs after the September 2011 deadline, the minister added.

He said the authorities from now on would strictly go by the Private University Act 2010 and take stern action in keeping with law against the universities that are failing to ensure necessary facilities and infrastructure for students.

BBN/SI/AD-13Dec10-10:31 am (BST)