Cabinet nods draft laws for setting up two more specialised universities

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DHAKA, Dec 23, 2019 (BSS) – The cabinet today gave final approval to the
drafts of two separate laws for setting up a science and technology
university in Chandpur and an agriculture university in Habiganj at a regular
weekly meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

“The drafts of ‘Chandpur Science and Technology University Act, 2019’ and
‘The Habiganj Agriculture University Act, 2019,’ were given approval at the
meeting,” said Cabinet Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam while briefing the
media at the Secretariat this afternoon.

He said it also approved in principle the draft of “Bangladesh Madrasah
Education Board Act, 2019”.

The cabinet meeting was held at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) here this
morning.

The universities would be like any other university, said Anwarul, adding
that with starting operation of the two universities, the number of public
universities will be 48 in the country.

The President will be the Chancellor of the university and a syndicate will
be formed. Vice-chancellor, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Treasurer will be
appointed in accordance with the law.

Regarding approval of the draft of the “Bangladesh Madrasah Education Board
Act, 2019″, the cabinet secretary said, ” The cabinet approved the draft law
with making some amendments to the existing Madrasah Education Ordinance,
1978 to make it time-befitting in line with the Supreme Court order that
declared all the military period laws illegal.

Anwarul Islam said the cabinet also approved a proposal for setting up an
office of the Consulate General in Florida of the USA in addition to the
existing two consulate offices in New York and the embassy in Washington.

He said the new consulate office will be set up considering the diplomatic
interest of the country and Bangladesh’s strong partnership with the USA.

Besides, the consulate will be very important to provide services to over
40,000 expatriate Bangladeshis living in Florida, he added.

The cabinet Secretary added that the office of the consulate general will
play vital role in strengthening diplomatic ties of Bangladesh with the USA
and other countries of the world as the most of the countries have consulate
offices there.

The cabinet was also apprised of the Prime Minister’s visit to Dubai from
November 16-19 to join the Dubai Air Show-2019.

Meanwhile, the cabinet today greeted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her
reelection as the president of the ruling Awami League and ranked 29th in
this year’s the US-based business magazine Forbes list of the World’s 100
Most Powerful Women.

It also adopted obituary references at the deaths of the founder of the
world’s largest non-government development organisation BRAC Sir Fazle Hasan
Abed, former chief justice Mahmudul Amin Choudhury and PM’s military
secretary Major General Mia Mohammad Zainul Abedin.