Ministry of Education to pursue Buet’s mega plan to boost research

Minister says he has taken steps to get Tk2500 crore proposal approved

April 07, 2022, 09:40

Last modification: April 07, 2022, 1:30 p.m.

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The Ministry of Education will fund the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology’s plan to renovate its laboratories and boost its research activities, sources said.

As part of the initiative, Buet Syndicate has adopted a development project proposal involving Tk2,500 crore to upgrade and expand its laboratories.

Currently, Buet has 100 laboratories, which will be renovated with state-of-the-art technology using the fund. In addition, 300 technicians will be recruited to operate the laboratory machines.

The University Grants Commission also adopted the proposal and sent it to the Ministry of Education, which will forward it to the Ministry of Planning and then to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council for final approval.

Prof Dr Satya Prasad Majumder, Vice Chancellor of Buet, told The Business Standard that the ministry assured them to provide Tk 2,500 crore for the refurbishment of the lab.

“We will seek more money for research from the government. We also have agreements with many national and international organizations, from which we receive funding for research,” he said.

“We are planning to provide up to Tk 20 lakh to any teacher who will undertake good research projects,” he said.

“We hope to get the fund soon as we have already lagged behind in improving our research activities,” said Professor Dr Mizanur Rahman, Director of Student Welfare at Buet.

Minister of Education, Dr Dipu Moni said, “Buet has requested Tk 2,500 crore to upgrade its laboratories and research works. We are taking the initiative positively and will send the proposal to the Ministry of Planning.”

RISE-BUET to foster world-class research

Buet authorities recently established the Research and Innovation Center for Science and Engineering (RISE) to initiate new technologies, research and innovation in science and engineering.

Buet, the first higher education institution for engineering in the country, has also prepared a plan to modernize dormitories for master’s and doctoral students. In addition, MSc and PhD students will receive a monthly salary for conducting research at Buet.

Buet will also introduce on-campus jobs for its current students so that they can spend their time with researchers on campus instead of spending time on private lessons.

Professor Dr Muhammad Anisuzzaman Talukder, Director of RISE, told TBS that he will work to promote indigenous and groundbreaking innovations for the benefit of society, establish an enabling environment for researchers at all levels to innovate and to promote world-class research.

“We will maintain the highest ethical standards and best professional practices to create lab-to-market pathways, to develop meaningful business relationships with sponsors and investors, and to increase RISE’s visibility,” he said. declared.

Professor Dr Mizanur Rahman, Director of Student Welfare at Buet, told TBS: “The university is already the best institution of higher education in the country, and we want to make it one of the best institutions in the world. So we focus on research.”

“In the latest QS ranking, Buet got the 387th position among 4,000 engineering universities around the world. We expect the university to be ranked between 200th and 250th this year. We would like to make it one of the top 50 universities in the world,” he said.

Professor Dr. Dil Afroza Begum, Acting President of the UGC, told TBS that the commission encourages research work and will help Buet in any way possible in this regard.

Buet will also award scholarships to 50 master’s and doctoral students this year to encourage students to focus on research.

Under this program, 40 master’s students will receive Tk 30,000 each per month for 18 months, and 10 doctoral students will receive Tk 45,000 per month for 36 months.

Professor Dr Mizanur Rahman said they plan to offer scholarships to at least 100 Masters and PhD students next year.

Buet teachers will each get Tk 1.5 lakh if ​​they publish their research papers in a reputable journal.

The university will also provide Tk3 lakh to each teacher as a basic research fund so that they can spend it on attending conferences, publishing research papers and applying for research funds.

Buet currently receives research funding from 25 national and international organizations and the number of such grant providers will grow to at least 50 within the next two years, sources told Buet.

Initially, the university will launch the scholarship program with Tk21.6 lakh of its resources. It was decided to allocate to the scholarship 15% of the allowance received by teachers from various government projects for working as consultants.

In a bid to accommodate more Masters and PhD students, Buet plans to improve the capacity of Shahid Smriti Hall. Currently, it can accommodate 200 doctoral and doctoral students, which will be increased to 1,200 students.

Moreover, the Buet authorities have recently decided not to promote any teacher if he does not hold a doctorate.

Post-graduate scholarship program for foreign students

The Graduate Scholarship Program for Foreign Students in Buet was launched in 2020. The program aims to attract the best and brightest foreign students for Masters and PhD degrees in Buet.

Candidates who wish to be admitted as new full-time master’s and doctoral students at Buet, regardless of their country of origin, must be able to apply. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding qualities in academic performance, research ability, potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities, relevant sources said.

For admission to the MSc programme, the minimum requirement is four years of BSc Engineering, BSc Honors or equivalent degree.

For admission to the doctoral program, the minimum requirement is a master’s degree in engineering, a master’s degree or an equivalent degree. For both programs, applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 out of 5 or 3.0 out of 4 or 60% marks in all certificate exams.

Depending on the study program chosen by the applicant, the application will be automatically assigned to the respective department or institute. The Board of Graduate Studies (BPGS) or the respective Research and Academic Committee (RAC) will select eligible applicants based on the number of scholarships awarded in a year.