University Grants Commission of Bangladesh

Membership Type: Associate
Email: secretaryugc@yahoo.com
Year in which Organisation/Agency commenced operations: 1973
Countries/regions/states of operation: Bangladesh

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Title: Professor Dr.
First Name: A.K. Azad
Surname: Dr. Chowdhury
Job Title: Chairman (State Minister)
Phone: +88 02 811 2629
Fax: +88 02 812 2948
Email Id: chairmanugc@yahoo.com
Alternative Email Id: shahin.siraj@yahoo.com

Nominated Contact Person (if different from CEO)

First Name: Md
Surname: Khaled
Job Title: Secretary
Phone: +88 02 911 8207
Fax: +88 02 812 2416
Email Id: secretaryugc@yahoo.com
Alternative Email Id: khaledugc@yahoo.com

Organisation Details

University Grants Commission of Bangladesh
Address: Secretary, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh, Agargaon, sher-e-Banglanagar, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Website: http://www.ugc.gov.bd

Additional Contacts

Criteria Requirements for Full Member

1 Criterion: Nature of the operations of the agency:
Measure: The agency is responsible for reviews at institutional or programme level of post-secondary
education institutions or post-secondary quality assurance agencies
2 Criterion: Mission statement and objectives:
Measure: The agency has formulated a mission statement and objectives which are consistent with the nature of the agency
3 Criterion: Agency staff, Numbers, Profile, Roles:
Measure: The profile of the staff is consistent with the Mission Statement
4 Criterion: Profile of reviewers:
Measure: The profile of the reviewers is consistent with the Mission Statement
5 Criterion: Independence:
Measure: The judgements and recommendations of the agency’s reports cannot be changed by third parties
6 Criterion: Resources:
Measure: The agency has sufficient resources to run its operations in accordance with its mission statement and objectives
7 Criterion: External quality assurance criteria and processes:
Measure: The description of the processes and criteria applied should be transparent and publicly available and normally include:
self evaluation, site visit, public report and follow-up measure
8 Criterion: Quality assurance:
Measure: The description of the processes and criteria applied should be transparent and publicly available and normally include:
self evaluation, site visit, public report and follow-up measure

Criteria Requirements for Institutional Member

Institutional Member Criteria:
Measure: Institutional Members are institutions of higher education in the region that are in good standing with the relevant quality assurance agency if one exists.

Criteria Requirements for Associate Member

Associate Member Criteria:
Measure:Associate Members are organisations with a major interest and active involvement in evaluation, accreditation and quality assurance in higher education, but without the responsibility for assuring the quality of institutions, education programs, or external quality assurance agencies
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has been established in 1973 by the President Order no.10. It is an autonomous body looking after the entire Higher Education in Bangladesh. At the moment there more than 80 Public and Private universities in Bangladesh. The UGC looks after the academic and financial management of all Public and Private Universities. It is also responsible for assuring quality in Higher Education. A brochure of the University Grants Commission is attached herewith for your kind information.

The objective and mission of the organization is to maintain a standard and quality of Higher Education in Bangladesh. The UGC has recently formulated 20years Strategic Plan for Higher Education in Bangladesh. An Executive Summary of the SPC Report is enclosed herewith for your kind perusal.

The University Grants Commission of Bangladesh consists of one Chairman, five Members, Secretary, and more than 200 Officers and staffs. Chairman and Members are appointed for a 4 (four) year terms from among the Senior Academics in the country.
There are six divisions in the UGC i.e. Administration, Planning and development, Finance and accounts, Research and publication, Private Universities, and Training & Instrumentation.
Chairman is the Chief Executive Officer of the UGC. He is also head of the full commission which is the governing body of the UGC. The University Grants Commission looks after more than 80 public and private universities in Bangladesh.

The UGC publishes an Annual Report every year in Bangla having all information regarding universities in Bangladesh. It also makes suggestion and recommendation to the Government. A copy of the report may be sent to you if require.

The UGC is a statutory body. It has been entrusted with sufficient power in the Act to perform independently. Recently UGC had conducted a detail review on the performance of Private University in Bangladesh. In this review report it has recommended for closure of some private universities. The Government has accepted the UGCâ??s recommendation and accordingly degree awarding power of five university was withdrawn by the Government of the country.

As per act of the UGC, it receives fund from the government for the universities in Bangladesh and it distributes the fund on the basis of UGCâ??s criteria among the universities. Documentary evidence will be provided if require.

The UGC is also responsible for ensuring accountability and transparency in the financial and academic management in the Universities. The UGC team regularly evaluates and makes on the spot visit for reporting on actual state of affairs operating in the universities.

The main concern of the UGC in recent years is quality assurance in the Public and Private Universities in Bangladesh. With this end in view the UGC has made a number of measures such as uniform recruitment rule for universityâ??s teachers, officers and staffs; uniform grading system for Public and Private Universities and establishment of an Accreditation Council for continuous evaluation of the Universities on the basis of certain specific criteria. A copy of the Draft Law of the proposed Accreditation Council is attached herewith for your kind information. Recently a UGC team lead by its Chairman had visited QAA in the UK, AUQA in Australia and APQN in Hong Kong for having further knowledge and information regarding Accreditation and Quality Assurance.

Criteria Requirements for Intermediate Member

1 Criterion: Nature of the operations of the agency:
Measure: The agency is responsible for reviews at institutional or programme level of post-secondary education institutions or post-secondary quality assurance agencies
2 Criterion: Mission statement and objectives:
Measure: The agency has formulated a mission statement and objectives which are consistent with the nature of the agency
3 Criterion: :
Proof of the organisation’s good standing with the local QA agency

Criteria Requirements for Observer

Criterion For Observers:
Measure: APQN accepts as Observers organisations outside the Asia-Pacific region, including: external quality assurance agencies; institutions with a major interest in evaluation, accreditation and quality assurance in higher education; other regional networks that have major interests in and strong links with the region

Documentation and Fees

Additional Information: I will be emailing additional supporting information
Upon approval of my application I agree to pay:
  • $500 (Initial Joining Fee: Full Member, Intermediate Member, Associate Member)
  • $300 Member Fee: Full Member, Intermediate Member (if not INQAAHE Member)
I will be applying for support for: Both Initial Joining Fee and Membership Fee

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