The commission also formed a probe body to look into allegations of admitting additional students against European University of Bangladesh
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to take disciplinary action against private universities by giving a “red star” for admitting more students against the number of seats.
The commission also formed a probe body to look into allegations of admitting additional students against European University of Bangladesh, according to a press release by the Public Relations and Right to Information Department of the UGC on Monday.
Universities will also receive a “red star” for running programs or courses without any approval, conducting educational activities in unauthorized buildings and campuses, running without a vice-chancellor or treasurer for more than six months, and disputes over ownership by members of the board of trustees.
The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Dr Biswajit Chanda. The private universities will soon be informed about the decision.
The UGC also urged students to get admission to university only after confirming the approved program and its number of seats. The UGC also advised them not to get admitted to the red star marked universities.
Prof Biswajit Chanda told Bangla Tribune if a university admitted students more than its capacity, the validity of the certificates of these additional students would be questioned.
A four-member committee headed by a member of the UGC has been asked to submit a report over admitting additional students at various university programs, including BSc in Civil Engineering at European University of Bangladesh.
The treasurer of European University of Bangladesh and the chairperson of the Civil Engineering Department could not provide any proper response after being summoned by the UGC on Sunday, said the press release.
Prof Biswajit Chanda said: "In order to admit students in any program of a private university, prior approval must be obtained from the UGC."
The commission determines the maximum number of seats for student admissions in academic programs while taking into account the number of teachers and lab facilities.
Necessary steps would be taken as per recommendations of the probe body, he added.
Prof Biswajit further said that no other university in the world, including Bangladesh, had the capacity to admit 900 students in a semester session in a program like civil engineering and teach them properly.