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Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) professor Kazi Shahidullah on Tuesday called upon the university authorities to take action against those who are involved in irregularities and malpractices.

All university authorities should ensure education-friendly atmosphere stopping all sorts of corruption, he told an agreement signing ceremony between UGC and universities for the current year and evaluation meeting of APA for 2019-2020 fiscal year today at the UGC auditorium, said a UGC press release.

He said that UGC will carry out audits when the universities reopen to check all sorts of irregularities.

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At the meeting, the speakers called upon the universities to ensure quality education meeting international standard.

The UGC today signed the Annual Performance Agreement (APA) with 18 public universities of the country in the third phase for fiscal year 2020-2021 under the Performance Management Framework Policy of the government.

As of now, Annual Performance Agreement was signed between UGC and 46 public universities for 2020-2021 fiscal year.

Professor Kazi Shahidullah participated in the agreement signing ceremony as the chief guest with UGC secretary (additional charge) Ferdous Zaman in the chair.

Secretary (additional charge) of the commission and registrars of the concerned universities signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organisations at UGC.

Registrars, focal points of APA from 18 public universities and high officials from UGC, among others, were present on the occasion.

UGC has been signing APA, introduced to enhance transparency and accountability in government activities, ensure proper utilisation of resources and improve institutional capacity, with public universities from 2016-17 fiscal year.

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