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Workshop/training programmes
Apr-11,2013



As part of the ongoing efforts by HEQEP to bring the sub-project managers and team-members up to the speed a number of training events took place in the year 2012. This included staff training on Procurement & Office Management from 11-13 September, 2012; workshops on Self Assessment Methodology & Tools (13 October, 2012, UGC) and Sub-projects Implementation Status in three groups (14-17 November, 2012).






UGC approves BdREN Trust Deed
Apr-11,2013



The 128th Bangladesh UGC Commission Meeting was held on 29 November, 2012. It was chaired by State Minister Professor Dr. A. K. Azad Chowdhury and held at his office. A draft for creating a trust for the maintenance of the UGC initiative to provide Bangladeshi universities with high speed internet and video conferencing facilities, virtual classrooms and  digital libraries by creating Bangladesh Research and Education Network (BdREN)was approved during the meeting.






Need of self-assessment stressed to ensure quality higher education
Apr-11,2013


Dhaka, Oct 13, 2012 - Tertiary level education is gaining momentum in Bangladesh and the enrolment stands at almost 20 lakhs. The present state of higher education attainment is only comparable to that of China, India and Indonesia. If quality could be infused to these huge graduating students, they are able to change Bangladesh, observed UGC Chairman (State Minister) Professor Dr. A K Azad Chowdhury.



 



He made the observation today while speaking as Chief Guest at the inaugural ceremony of a day-long workshop on ‘Self-Assessment Methodology and Tools’ organised by Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) at UGC auditorium. UGC Member Professor Dr. M. Muhibur Rahman presided over the occasion while Kaniz Fatema, ndc, Project Director, HEQEP delivered the welcome address.



 



UGC Chairman also stressed the need of developing self-assessment system in the universities and of establishing accreditation council to ensure quality in higher education.



 



Among others, UGC Members- Professor Dr. Mohammad Mohabbat Khan and Professor Dr. Abul Hashem were also present on the occasion. Vice-Chancellors different public universities, Senior Professors and researchers including Professor Dr. Abdus Sobhan, Vice-Chancellor, Rajshahi University, Professor Dr. Rafiqul Haque, Vice-Chancellor, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Professor Dr. Syed Sakhawat Hossain, Vice-Chancellor, Potuakhali Science and Technology University, Professor Md. Ruhul Amin, Vice-Chancellor, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University participated at the workshop. 





 



Minister urges universities to create new knowledge
Apr-11,2013


Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, MP urged the university teachers to conduct world-class innovative research activities for social and economic progress of the country while speaking on the occasion of AIF 2nd round sub-project contract signing ceremony of Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project at UGC auditorium on April 10, 2012 as the chief guest. He emphasised on creation of new knowledge and dissemination of it for the betterment of the society.



 



He observed that there is no alternative to developing the curriculum and teaching in the class room to compete in global arena. Highlighting various programmes undertaken by the present government for expansion of education across the country and raising standard of higher education, the minister said, the government has formulated a time-befitting and sound education policy in consultation with all sections of people which is now being implemented. Laying emphasis on research in tertiary level education, the minister asked the vice-chancellors of all universities to expedite their research activities for welfare of the country.  He appreciated the dynamic and able leadership of UGC Chairman (State Minister) Professor Dr. A K Azad Chowdhury and its Members which has brought dynamism in education and research at university level. He also shared the firm commitment of Sheikh Hasina Government for the further cause of education especially higher education.    



Education Secretary Dr. Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, in his speech as special guest thanked the World Bank for financing the higher education in Bangladesh.



 



While speaking on the occasion, Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique said the number of foreign students will increase in our universities if we could ensure and enhance the quality in tertiary level education.



 



Dr. Mokhlesur Rahman, Senior operations officer, Education, Human Development Unit, World Bank Bangladesh was present as guest of honour. UGC Member Professor Dr. M Muhibur Rahman gave the welcome address while Kaniz Fatema, ndc, Project Director of HEQEP gave the vote of thanks on the occasion.



 



UGC Members Professor Dr. Atful Hye Shiby, Professor Dr. Mohammad Mohabbat Khan, Professor Dr. Abul Hashem and Professor Dr Md. Akhtar Hossain, Vice-Chancellors of different universities and divisional heads of the commission were present on the occasion.



 



8th Implementation Support Mission by WB concludes
May-05,2013


WB Mission March-April 2013


DHAKA 8 April 2013:An IDA/World Bank team carried out the eighth implementation support mission from March 20-April 8, 2013 to review the progress of all activities and reach agreement on next steps for achieving the project development objectives. The mission also carried out discussions with relevant stakeholders on the key messages and indicative policy options.  The mission comprised Messrs./Mmes: Yoko Nagashima (Sr. Education Specialist, Co-Task Team Leader), Mokhlesur Rahman (Sr.  Operations Officer, Co-Task Team Leader), Syed Rashed Al-Zayed (Economist), Hiroshi Saeki (Operations Officer), Asahabur Rahman (Education Policy and Planning Consultant), Rozilini M Fernandez-Chung (Higher Education/Quality Assurance Specialist) Burhanuddin Ahmed (Sr. Financial Management Specialist), Mohammad Reaz Uddin Chowdhury, (FM Specialist), Marghoob Bin Hussein (Sr. Procurement Specialist), Nadia Sharmin (Environmental Specialist, Consultant), Sabah Moyeen (Social Development Analyst), and Syeda Kashfee Ahmed (Consultant). 



 



The mission met with the officials of the Ministry of Education (MoE), UGC, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Planning and HEQEP Unit including Dr. Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Secretary; Mr. Iqbal Khan Chowdhury, Additional Secretary (Dev.); Mr  Salahuddin Akbar, Additional Secretary (University); Mr. Masud Ahmed, Member, Planning Commission; Mr Arastoo Khan, Additional Secretary, External Resources Division; Prof. Dr. A. K. Azad Chowdhury, Chairman (State Minister), University Grants Commission (UGC);  Prof  Dr. Atful Hye Shibly, Member, UGC; Prof. Dr. M. Muhibur Rahman, Member, UGC; Prof. Dr. Mohammad Mohabbat Khan, Member, UGC; Prof. Dr. M. Abul Hashem, Member, UGC and Prof. Dr. Md. Akhtar Hossain, Member, UGC.



 



The mission participated in the two workshops organized by the University Grants Commission and HEQEP Unit on “Development of Quality Assurance Mechanism in Bangladesh” on March 23, 2013 and “Showcasing the Successful AIF sub-projects” on March 30, 2013.



The mission rated “satisfactory” project performance in the areas of achieving development objectives, implementation progress, project management and monitoring & evaluation. The mission has reported to having found strong evidence of project progress against project outcome and intermediate results indicators, such as  (i) growing support for the AIF from the academic community as seen in increased participation of public and private universities (27 universities under the first round and 29 under the second round); (ii) UGC has initiated a process for institutionalizing the competitive funding mechanism as scheduled; (iii) increased access to BdREN with 12 percent of students and 18 percent of faculty members having access (compared to 0% at baseline); (iv) targets of the KPIs related to BdREN are likely to be achieved by the end of December 2013; and (v) Digital Library has been established and fully operational in 34 universities.



 



The overall implementation progress is rated satisfactory. The project has completed almost four years of implementation. The pace of project implementation has been accelerated in a coordinated fashion at central and field levels since the last mission in July 2012. HEQEPU is fully staffed and trained. Implementation of 196 AIF sub-projects has been significantly fast-tracked. Competitive funding mechanism has been institutionalized by MoE/UGC. The project has contributed to change the mindset of academics towards improving the quality and relevance of teaching-learning and research. A study on university admission systems has been completed and shared with stakeholders.  As part of capacity building, about 1,500 academics and 120 officials undertook various types of in-country and overseas training.  Implementation of BdREN has gained momentum as the key procurement package has been approved by GoB and IDA. Digital Library has been established and operational in 34 universities. HEQEPU provided hands-on support to the universities to enhance their procurement capacity for compliance with the Procurement Act and Guidelines. M&E performance has significantly improved in producing various reports and undertaking field visits and verification surveys.



 



The next mission is tentatively scheduled for June 2013.




 



Academic Innovation Fund makes great stride
May-05,2013


DHAKA 5 May 2013: Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) component of the project are comprised of the two rounds: Round 1 and 2. Round 1 subprojects implementation started in January 2011 are scheduled to close by December 31, 2013. Overall implementation of 90 Round 1 subprojects peaked up from October 2012 and by December 31, 2012, 18 have reported completion of activities. By June a total of 43 (47%) subprojects under Round 1 are expected to be completed. The project has already received project completion reports (PCR) from 15 subprojects and currently preparing a status report on their achieving the milestones and performance indicators.



 



Up to December 2012, 44 Round 1 subprojects have achieved 81-100% of milestones that were set out in the subproject proposal. 14 subprojects achieved 61-80%, 9 clocked 41-60% and only three have reported 21-40% achievement. The overall milestones achievement data presents a satisfactory implementation status of Round 1 subprojects. The two graphs below show respectively fund disbursement and utilization trend under Round 1 up to February 28, 2013:



 Graph Round 1 and 2



Round 2 subprojects executions began in April 2012 and have completed only 10 months of its implementation cycle up to February 2013. Data collected on milestones achieved up to December 2012 presents a satisfactory trend over the first eight months of implementation. Two subprojects have already achieved 81-100% of the stated milestones, three achieved 61-80%, 22 achieved 41-60%, 30 achieved 21-40% and the remaining 19 have shown 0-20% achievement. If the current trend of performance continues then it can be expected that all of the 106 subprojects would report satisfactory implementation status by October 2015. The two graphs below present the fund disbursement and utilization under Round 2 subprojects up to February 28, 2013:



Graph 3Graph 4



 Verification of above data by the M&E unit of the project shows that average progress of milestone achievement under Round 1 and 2 was respectively 76% and 36%. The two graphs below present the results of verification of milestones achieved respectively under Round 1 and 2:



 Graph 5Graph 6



Currently 25 self-assessment subprojects are being implemented in 15 universities under the two AIF rounds. Of which four are in Round 1 and 21 in Round 2.  One Round 1 SA subproject has already completed implementation in February, 2013 and submitted project completion report. Remaining three subprojects are scheduled to be completed by June 2013.  21 Round 2 subprojects are scheduled to be completed by December 2013. Up to February 28, 2013 the four Round 1 SA subprojects have utilized 89.42% of disbursed amount. The 21 Round 2 subprojects have utilized 73% of disbursed amount till date. The overall progress of SA subproject implementation is satisfactory.



 



Four campus network subprojects (CNS) are currently being implemented at BSMRAU, DU, CU and KU with a total cost of US$1.4 million. US$ 0.05 million have been disbursed to the four CNS   up to February 2013 but utilization is nil. Campus network subprojects implementation needs to gear up in order to complete implementation by December, 2013.



 



Key achievements by round 1 subprojects are: (i) In all Round 1 subproject implementation institutions class rooms have been refurbished with new furniture and multimedia devices; new lecture galleries have been built and existing ones have been equipped with new audio-visual equipment and  multimedia projectors, (ii) computer labs with high speed connectivity have been established, (iii) academic staff have undertaken  project management development training in the country and professional skills abroad, (iv)  laboratories in science, engineering, medical, agricultural and veterinary universities have been furnished with state-of-art equipment and machineries which enhanced  the research capabilities in those entities  immensely, (v) 11 campus networks have been established and eight are under implementation. Campus area network in universities have created the conditions for development of digital EMIS and improvement of administration and institutional management by the authorities (vi) expansion of post-graduate research programs with increased in enrollment in master’s, M Phil and Ph D  courses occurred, (vi) establishment of digital library facilities in 28 universities have been established which vastly improved the research potential of the academics and provided access to researchers and students to global pool of knowledge, (viii) Library automation with RFID have been introduced in several institutions thereby hugely facilitated to easy and secure access to knowledge bank, (ix) 196 subproject in 196 departments and institutions have transformed the academics and HE managers into change agents for initiating academic innovation in Bangladesh universities.



 


The AIF intervention has improved transparency and accountability in the utilization of public resources. It has promoted adoption of innovation as a conceptual tool to improve the academic standard of the HEIs and influenced on organizational behavior and capacity to stimulate a culture of quality. It has enhanced the capacity for strategic planning, design of academic improvement plans and change in management practices through program and departmental self-assessment.  This has paved the way to establish quality assurance mechanism in universities. Overall, the demonstration effects of the subprojects on academic development and quality enhancement have generated huge enthusiasm among the institutions and academic community and have created conditions for the institutionalization of the competitive funding mechanism.



 



Lessons learned from the first and second rounds of AIF include: (i) training of Round 2 SPMs on financial management, record maintenance and monitoring and evaluation at the respective universities and at UGC should continue, (ii) the universities should be advised to strengthen the University AIF Secretariat (UAIFS) and make the University Proposal Screening Committees (UPSC) take up intense monitoring of subproject implementation as stipulated in the AIF operations manual (AIFOM), (iv) communication between HEQEPU and SPMs needs to be more streamlined, frequent and strengthened, (v)M&E unit should make vigorous efforts to collect  subproject monitoring reports by many SPMs irregular, (vi)UGC should advise the subproject implementing entities to get more involved in the implementation activities and own it, (vii) SPMs should make full efforts to develop an effective MIS for the subprojects, (ix) vigorous monitoring of the subproject implementation activities by the HEQEPU staff should continue, (x) trouble-shooting by HEQEPU staff on procurement and financial management of Round 2 subprojects should continue to remove the bottlenecks in subproject implementation, (xi) there should be more frequent supervision visits of subprojects by UGC.



 



Raising the connectivity capacity for universities and research centers
May-06,2013


DHAKA 6 May 2013: The Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) aims at Raising the Connectivity Capacityi.e. connectivity capacity building for universities and research centers through the development of Bangladesh Research and Education Network (BdREN); The main activity under this component is to establish BdREN, a high performance information and communications network providing connectivity among higher education and research institutions in both public and private sectors. The network, with state-of-the-art network infrastructure and access to broadband internet connections at a reasonable price, will support geographically dispersed students, academics, scientists and researchers with reliable access to high-end computing, simulation tools and datasets. BdREN will also be connected with other regional and trans-continental Research and Education Networks (RENs) like TEIN 3. Thus it will link faculty and students of Bangladesh to the global academic community and learning resources. It will facilitate international collaborative research and will catalyze innovation in the country.


Under the HEQEP, BdREN will establish its key infrastructure including the Network Operating Center (NOC) and Points of Presences (POPs). It will also support the establishment of Basic Campus Networks (BCN) in number of universities that currently have no such local area networks.


The project will set up the NOC at UGC building Dhaka, and POPs in different locations in the country. The NOC will be equipped with essential equipment and technical staff for the operation and management of BdREN activities.  BdREN will lease the backbone physical infrastructure, like fiber appropriate providers and will develop a core network of multiple of gigabits per second capacity. Initially about one hundred institutions will be connected to this network.


BdREN Figure 4


Arrangements to conduct survey, design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the following systems are ongoing:


                                     I.        Transmission Network System


                                    II.        Data Network System


                                  III.        Data Center, Applications and Network Operations Center


                                   IV.        Video Conferencing System


                                    V.        Unified Communications Systems


The philosophy of BdREN is to build a scalable network, which can expand both in the reach (spread in the country) and speed. Setting up a common open network backbone, wherein different categories of users and applications shall be supported:


·         High Capacity, Highly Scalable Backbone


·         Provide Quality of Service and Security


·         Wide Geographical Coverage


·         Common Standard Platform


·         Highly Reliable and Available by Design


·         Test beds ( for various implementation)


·         Dedicated and Owned


The countrywide network shall be built over mainly the dark fiber (Optical Ground Wire, OPGW) network of Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB).  For building the countrywide network of BdREN, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (UGC) and PGCB has signed an IRU (Indefeasible Right of Use) Contract whereby, UGC will enjoy the right to use one pair of dark fiber up to each Substation / Endpoints of PGCB over the entire country for 20 years. The last mile connectivity / local loop from the PGCB endpoints (Substations) to the Universities and/or PoP (Point of Presences) shall be over leased fiber from the fiber providers / Nationwide Telecommunications Transmission.


BdREN Figure 1


 


Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) shall be the foundation of the network enabling the following features and capabilities.


                                     I.        Provider Provisioned Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)


                                    II.        Traffic Engineering


                                  III.        Any Transport over MPLS


                                   IV.        MPLS Layer 3 VPNs


                                    V.        Per VPN QoS


                                   VI.        MPLS Layer 2 VPNs


                                 VII.        Layer 2 Extension / Pseudo wire


                               VIII.        Multicast VPNs


BdREN Figure 2


BdREN Figure 3Architecturally BdREN is a multi-tier network divided into three basic layers - Core, Distribution, and Access. BdREN backbone will typically have 2 Core at Dhaka and around 8 Distribution PoPs. The whole network shall be divided into 5  zones – the central zone shall be served by 4 PoPs in Dhaka, UGC, BUET, Bashundhara and National University/Open University (NU/OU) in Dhaka. Other zones shall be served by Chittagong University, Rajshahi University, Khulna University of Engineering & Technology (KUET) and Sylhet Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) PoPs. The PoPs shall have dual 10 G connectivity, one at UGC and the other at BUET (please see fig: 5). These connections shall be through the backbone transmission network (fig : 6). Client universities shall be connected to the distribution PoPs.  Some universities shall be connected to the network by a daisy chain, or ring type of connectivity wherever possible.


The two Core Routers at Core PoPs in two locations at Dhaka will be interconnected over a Layer-2 10 Gbps link and will be virtualized for resiliency against network outages and protection of member routers against access link failures, uplink failures, and chassis failures without visibly disrupting attached subscribers or increasing the network management burden. The Core PoPs will be connecting to distribution PoPs, which are spread across seven locations over 10 Gbps link. The enduser institutions connecting to respective PoPs (Core or Distribution) will operate at speeds of 1 Gbps per connection. The last mile connection to the respective institute shall be over multiple links in a protected path.


 



Groundbreaking Initiative for Bangladeshi Universities
Nov-28,2013


DHAKA 21 November 2013: In presence of the Korean Ambassador and UGC Chair the Samsung VP and HEQEP PD sign the deal to install Bangladesh Research and Education Network which will allow Bangladeshi academics, scientists and researchers collaborate among them and with rest of the world. Virtual classrooms, grid-computing, digital library will all open the highway to innovations once the installation is complete.


DHAKA 21 November 2013: In presence of the Korean Ambassador and UGC Chair the Samsung VP and HEQEP PD sign the deal to install Bangladesh Research and Education Network which will allow Bangladeshi academics, scientists and researchers collaborate among them and with rest of the world. Virtual classrooms, grid-computing, digital library will all open the highway to innovations once the installation is complete. See the video at http://youtu.be/bJhRfKgl8L8 to catch a glimpse of the signing ceremony.


 


The Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) aims at “Raising the Connectivity Capacity”i.e. connectivity capacity building for universities and research centers through the development of Bangladesh Research and Education Network (BdREN); The main activity under this component is to establish BdREN, a high performance information and communications network providing connectivity among higher education and research institutions in both public and private sectors. The network, with state-of-the-art network infrastructure and access to broadband internet connections at a reasonable price, will support geographically dispersed students, academics, scientists and researchers with reliable access to high-end computing, simulation tools and datasets. BdREN will also be connected with other regional and trans-continental Research and Education Networks (RENs) like TEIN 3. Thus it will link faculty and students of Bangladesh to the global academic community and learning resources. It will facilitate international collaborative research and will catalyze innovation in the country.


 


Under the HEQEP, BdREN will establish its key infrastructure including the Network Operating Center (NOC) and Points of Presences (POPs). It will also support the establishment of Basic Campus Networks (BCN) in number of universities that currently have no such local area networks.


 


The project will set up the NOC at UGC building Dhaka, and POPs in different locations in the country. The NOC will be equipped with essential equipment and technical staff for the operation and management of BdREN activities.  BdREN will lease the backbone physical infrastructure, like fiber appropriate providers and will develop a core network of multiple of gigabits per second capacity. Initially about one hundred institutions will be connected to this network.


 


BdREN Figure 4


 


Arrangements to conduct survey, design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the following systems are ongoing:


 


                                     I.        Transmission Network System


 


                                    II.        Data Network System


 


                                  III.        Data Center, Applications and Network Operations Center


 


                                   IV.        Video Conferencing System


 


                                    V.        Unified Communications Systems


 


The philosophy of BdREN is to build a scalable network, which can expand both in the reach (spread in the country) and speed. Setting up a common open network backbone, wherein different categories of users and applications shall be supported:


 


·         High Capacity, Highly Scalable Backbone


 


·         Provide Quality of Service and Security


 


·         Wide Geographical Coverage


 


·         Common Standard Platform


 


·         Highly Reliable and Available by Design


 


·         Test beds ( for various implementation)


 


·         Dedicated and Owned


 


The countrywide network shall be built over mainly the dark fiber (Optical Ground Wire, OPGW) network of Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB).  For building the countrywide network of BdREN, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (UGC) and PGCB has signed an IRU (Indefeasible Right of Use) Contract whereby, UGC will enjoy the right to use one pair of dark fiber up to each Substation / Endpoints of PGCB over the entire country for 20 years. The last mile connectivity / local loop from the PGCB endpoints (Substations) to the Universities and/or PoP (Point of Presences) shall be over leased fiber from the fiber providers / Nationwide Telecommunications Transmission.


 


BdREN Figure 1


 


 


 


Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) shall be the foundation of the network enabling the following features and capabilities.


 


                                     I.        Provider Provisioned Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)


 


                                    II.        Traffic Engineering


 


                                  III.        Any Transport over MPLS


 


                                   IV.        MPLS Layer 3 VPNs


 


                                    V.        Per VPN QoS


 


                                   VI.        MPLS Layer 2 VPNs


 


                                 VII.        Layer 2 Extension / Pseudo wire


 


                               VIII.        Multicast VPNs


 


BdREN Figure 2


 


BdREN Figure 3Architecturally BdREN is a multi-tier network divided into three basic layers - Core, Distribution, and Access. BdREN backbone will typically have 2 Core at Dhaka and around 8 Distribution PoPs. The whole network shall be divided into 5  zones – the central zone shall be served by 4 PoPs in Dhaka, UGC, BUET, Bashundhara and National University/Open University (NU/OU) in Dhaka. Other zones shall be served by Chittagong University, Rajshahi University, Khulna University of Engineering & Technology (KUET) and Sylhet Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) PoPs. The PoPs shall have dual 10 G connectivity, one at UGC and the other at BUET (please see fig: 5). These connections shall be through the backbone transmission network (fig : 6). Client universities shall be connected to the distribution PoPs.  Some universities shall be connected to the network by a daisy chain, or ring type of connectivity wherever possible.


 


The two Core Routers at Core PoPs in two locations at Dhaka will be interconnected over a Layer-2 10 Gbps link and will be virtualized for resiliency against network outages and protection of member routers against access link failures, uplink failures, and chassis failures without visibly disrupting attached subscribers or increasing the network management burden. The Core PoPs will be connecting to distribution PoPs, which are spread across seven locations over 10 Gbps link. The enduser institutions connecting to respective PoPs (Core or Distribution) will operate at speeds of 1 Gbps per connection. The last mile connection to the respective institute shall be over multiple links in a protected path.


 


 



 



 



11th Implementation Support Mission (09-20 March 2014)
Mar-18,2014


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11th Implementation Support Mission (09-20 March 2014)


HEQEP Implementation Support Mission is carring out from 09 March to 20 March 2014 by an IDA team. The objectives of the Implementation Support Mission are to review the overall project management performance since the last mission; review project implementation activities and reach agreement on an implementation plan for the next six months; assess project achievements against project objectives; and review the effectiveness status of the recently signed additional financing of the project.


The Mission Team Members are: Ms.Yoko Nagashima (Sr. Education Specialist, Co-Task Team Leader), Mokhlesur Rahman (Sr.  Operations Officer, Co-Task Team Leader), Syed Rashed Al-Zayed (Economist), Asahabur Rahman (Education Policy and Planning Consultant), Marghoob Bin Hussein (Sr. Procurement Specialist), Syed Ahmed Ali (Procurement Consultant), Syeda Kashfee Ahmed (Education Consultant), Karthika Radhakrishnan-Nair (Operations Analyst), Shiro Nakata (Education Consultant), and Ahmad Tanvirul Alam Chowdhury (Education Consultant).


3rd Round AIF Promotion and Proposal Writing Workshops Implemented from 27 January-05 March 2014 in several venues with the objectives of (i) informing and sensitizing the academic community about the availability of the AIF for innovative activities; and (ii) disseminate the concept of and procedures for the AIF, and thus build and increase awareness about different aspects of the AIF among all key stakeholders so that they can effectively compete for the fund. In total of 1205 faculty members from 47 universities (public & private) attended the said workshops.




Press Conference on Proposal Call for AIF 3rd round University -Industry Research Collaboration (Window-4)
Nov-03,2014















  
  

The proposal call for AIF 3rd round University -Industry Research Collaboration (Window-4) under Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) will be commenced soon. As a part of this process, a press conference has been convened at  11.30 am on 8 November, 2014 at CIRDAP Auditorium, Dhaka.  Professor Dr. A. K. Azad Chowdhury, Chairman (State Minister), University Grants Commission of Bangladesh has kindly consented to grace the occassion as chief guest.



Press Conference on Proposal Call for University-Industry Research Collaboration Subproject of HEQEP
Nov-05,2014


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University Grants Commission of Bangladesh


Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP)


 


Venue: CIRDAP International Conference Center, Dhaka               Date: 08 November 2014


Press Conference on


Proposal Call for University-Industry Research Collaboration Subproject


Background


The original Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) was launched by the Ministry of Education in FY 2009/2010 with an estimated cost of BDT 6810.4 million of which IDA provided BDT 5984.8 million. The key  development objectives of the project was: to improve the quality and relevance of the teaching-learning and research environment in the higher education institutions through innovation and accountability within the universities by  enhancing  the technical and institutional capacity of the higher education sector. The four main components of the project was (i) Promoting Academic Innovation; (ii) Building Institutional Capacity of UGC and the Universities; (iii) Raising the Connectivity Capacity of the Higher Education Sector; and ( iv) Project Management. The duration of the project was five years with closing date on December 2013. The University Grants Commission of Bangladesh is the implementing agency of the project. Since 2011 the project demonstrated strong evidence of progress against its outcome indicators and is on track to  achieved the development objectives. Following the impressive implementation performance of the project  and for maintaining continued achievements, the World Bank provided additional funds amounting to US$125.0 million (BDT 10000.00 million). Thus, the duration  of the project was extended up to December 2018.


New Activities


Two new  activities   have  been  included under the additional funding : (i) establishment of quality assurance mechanism; and (ii) university-industry research collaboration. In addition project management, communication and monitoring and evaluation  component will be strengthened.  The university-industry research  collaboration  will be  known as Innovation Fund subprojects and will be operational under the Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) component of the project through a new window 4.The objective  of the Innovation Fund is to build an innovation ecosystem in the country. In this respect UGC would like to explain the concept of innovation ecosystem here.


Innovation Ecosystem


Innovation is a successful application of a new idea. It is not demonstration of an idea nor merely an invention.  Innovation is an idea in practice, - a real life application, - in the field, in the marketplace, in the society. Innovation is central to economic growth and social development. Innovation creates added value in the economy in the form of new products, technologies and processes. The journey from mind to  marketplace  is a challenging journey. Productive university-industry collaboration forms the core of national innovation ecosystem.


 




URLs of UGC Digital Library (UDL) publishers
Nov-11,2014


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The URLs of UGC Digital Library publishers are as follows:


URLs for e-Books:


 


 1. Oxford Scholarship Online: http://oxfordscholarship.com


    (Activated on 25-University IP)


 


 2. Pearson Education India’s e-book: http://lib.myilibrary.com


    (Activated on 28-University IP)


 


 3. Springer e-Books Series:  http://link.springer.com


    (Activated on 20-University IP)


 


 4. Tata McGraw –Hill’s Express library:


http://mcgrawhilleducation.pdn.ipublishcentral.com


  (Activated on 24-University IP)


 


 5. Emerald e-Books: https://emeraldinsight.com


   (Activated on 14-University IP)


 


 


URLs for e-Journals:


 


1.  JSTOR: www.jstor.org


(Activated on 28-University IP)


 


2.  ACM Digital Library: www.dl.acm.org


(Activated on 30-University IP)


 


3.  Emerald: www.emeraldisight.com


(Activated on 27-University IP)




Post Doctoral Position, Department of Microbiology, University of Dhaka
Aug-06,2015




National Workshop on HEQEP Achievements 2015
Nov-10,2015



A National Workshop on HEQEP Achievements 2015 will be held on 12 November, 2015 Thurseday at Hall of Fame, Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC), Agargaon, Sher-e- Bangla Nagar, Dhaka. You are cordially invited. 



Draft of "Intellectual Property (IP) Policy for University- Manual for IP Management at University "
Mar-08,2016




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Draft of "Intellectual Property (IP) Policy for University- Manual for IP Management at University "
Mar-08,2016




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            GZØviv mswkøó mK‡ji AeMwZi Rb¨ Rvbv‡bv hv‡”Q †h, D”Pwkÿv gv‡bvbœqb cÖKí (HEQEP) Gi Building Institutional Capacity of Tertiary Education SectorK‡¤úv‡b‡›Ui AvIZvq Intellectual Property (IP) Literacy Kg©m~wPi Ask wn‡m‡e ÒIntellectual Property (IP) Policy for University - Manual for IP Management at University” kxl©K GKwU cwjwm WKz‡g‡›Ui Lmov cÖYqb Kiv n‡q‡Q| cÖYxZ LmovwU evsjv‡`k wek¦we`¨vjq gÄyix Kwgkb(www.ugc.gov.bd) Ges D”Pwkÿv gv‡bvbœqb cÖKí (HEQEP) (www.heqep-ugc.gov.bd) Gi I‡qe mvB‡U Avc‡jvW Kiv n‡q‡Q(Download Management  Sub -mEnu `ªóe¨) |


 


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Recruitment Examination for the post "Accounts Officer" for HEQEP
Apr-25,2016














                          evsjv‡`k wek¦we`¨vjq gÄyix Kwgkb


cÖKí cwiPvj‡Ki Kvh©vjq


D”Pwkÿv gv‡bvbœqb cÖKí


XvKv †UªW †m›Uvi (9g Zjv)


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          I‡qe: www.heqep-ugc.gov.bd  d¨v·: 02-8189021



 


 


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DccÖKí cwiPvjK (hyM¥mwPe)  


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