ECNEC okays 28 projects including Sheikh Hasina University
DHAKA – The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) today approved a project to establish Sheikh Hasina University in Netrakona involving Taka 2,637.41 crore.
The university will impart general, science and technology-based education to create well-educated and skilled human resources.
The approval came from the 14th ECNEC meeting of the current fiscal year held at the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said it had approved a total of 28 projects with an outlay of Taka 30,234.60 crore.
“Of the total project cost, Taka 24,854.68 crore will come from the GoB portion, Taka 539.17 crore from the organizations’ own fund, while Taka 4,840.75 crore from project assistance,” he added.
Of the 28 projects, 19 are new and nine revised.
The Planning Minister said Bangladesh University Grants Commission and Sheikh Hasina University, Netrakona will jointly implement the university project by June 2021 with the government fund.
Earlier at a cabinet meeting on January 30 last year, it was decided to establish Sheikh Hasina University as a research-based general university. Besides, academic activities on humanities, science, social sciences and commerce will be carried out in this University where MPhil and PhD degree would be conferred on the successful candidates.
The university will be set up on some 500 acres of land in Shingher Bangla union which is 5 kilometers away from the district headquarters. The admission of students for the academic year 2018-19 will be initially handled by the Technical Training Center at Razur Bazar.
In the first academic year, it will open departments like Bangla, English, Computer Science, Engineering Department and Development Economics.
The Planning Minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the meeting has asked the authorities concerned to keep sufficient space for sports and games in the University alongside a provision for rainwater preservation.
She also put emphasis on conducting research on the livelihood of the people of haor region and on how to bring more people of this region in the mainstream economy.