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 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.
Professor Serajul Islam, a literary critic and social and political analyst, said this while addressing a seminar at Teacher-Student Centre of the university organised by Dhaka University Journalists' Association (DUJA), reports UNB.
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.
He also said the budget allocation for the education sector should be increased for ensuring quality education and overall development of the sector.
Missed out 'THE' list for failure to provide data
Addressing the seminar, DU vice chancellor professor Akhtaruzzaman said the 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 programme held with its president Ryhanul Islam Abir in the chair.
DU pro-vc (Admin) Mohammad Samad, proctor AKM Golam Rabbani, DU registrar Enamuzzaman, Bangladesh Television director Harunur Rashid, leaders of Dhaka University Central Students' Union (DUCSU) were also present at the programme.