National University Graduates: Lagging behind in job market

Abu Sufian

Hundreds of students obtaining higher degrees from colleges under the National University every year crowd the job market, largely dominated by private sector employers.

But most of the graduates remain unemployed as their subjects and skills do not often match with the criteria set by private sector employers, a number of employers and educationists.

Distinguished Professor Mohammad Kaykobad of BRAC University’s computer science and engineering department doubted the quality of majority colleges in teaching honours and masters students.

‘You need a lot of quality teachers for students seeking higher studies, but I doubt whether the colleges affiliated to the National University have quality teachers,’ said Kaykobad, also a former professor at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

The NU offers BA, BBS, BSc and postgraduate and professional degrees through its affiliated colleges but most of them have enrolled students beyond their capacity.

Experts noted most of the colleges lacked required facilities to create graduates in line with the job market demand.

The employers found a lack of skills among the NU graduates on Information and Communications Technology, communication, problem-solving, English and teamwork.  Professor Md Abdul Halim, director of the Institute of Education

and Research at the Dhaka University, observed that the National University’s decision to hold examinations to reduce its session jam backfired.  Nowadays, the National University has become a mere certificate-providing entity, he said.

The unemployment rate among the educated youths is high in the country which often sparks criticisms about the education system.

Educationists say that the higher education should be meant for only meritorious students. It is imperative for the government to think whether it would allow creation of graduates just to own certificates, they said.

Professor Muhammed Alamgir said that the country’s education system was not job-oriented while the local job market was not a large one.

Ekhtiyar Sujon  Noakhali Govt. College  Student of political science

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