UGC official suspended for taking bribe

New Age Online

The University Grants Commission on Monday provisionally suspended its additional director (public university wing) Ferdous Zaman after he was found taking bribe from a private university.
The UGC in a statement said that Zaman was found taking bribe from Britannia University, a newly established private university.
The suspension came in less than a month after the Bangladesh chapter of Berlin-based watchdog Transparency International unveiled its report titled ‘Private universities – challenge of good governance and ways forward.’
The report published on June 30 raised allegations of massive irregularities and corruption in the private university sector.
The UGC, which monitors the activities of public and private universities, opened an investigation after the TIB report.
The UGC found that the allegation against Zaman of taking Tk 5 lakh as bribe from the university is authentic.
Britannia University chairman AM Mozaharul Islam Mollah on July 3 told the UGC that they gave Tk 5 lakh to Zaman as bribe for getting the seal of approval to operate the university.
The statement also said that it had formed a three-member probe committee to investigate the allegation.

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