All students will receive “unique identifiers” in phases from next January


Strong points:

  • Total number of students from preschool to university level: 4.5 crore
  • 1.6 crore secondary and upper secondary students will receive unique identifiers first
  • Students will use their unique identifiers for all academic purposes
  • Unique ID will be converted to NID cards once a student turns 18
  • All kinds of information about students – whether or not they dropped out, got a job, etc. – will be stored in the unique ID

The government will provide “unique identifiers” for all approximately 4.5 crore of preschool to university level students nationwide.

Students will use their unique identifiers for all academic purposes, including picking up books from a library, getting results, registering for exams, and receiving scholarships. Students’ unique IDs will be converted to their National Identity Card (NID) once they turn 18.

Professor Syed Golam Faruk, director general of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education, told The Business Standard that the Ministry of Education will start providing unique identifiers to students from next January and that all students will receive their identifiers in phases.

“Unique identifiers will reduce unhealthy competition between students, as they and their tutors are always kept busy securing a good position on the class rosters instead of taking steps for proper learning.

“The unique ID initiative will help ensure quality education while students can also use it to get other facilities,” he said.

Sources from the University Grants Commission (UGC) said unique identifiers should play an important role in verifying certificates issued by universities and in the strict discipline of academic activities.

The Ministry of Education has already asked relevant authorities to collect student data so that they can start providing unique identifiers within the deadline.

Meanwhile, private universities began to work to compile a roster of students based on their subjects.

There are approximately 4.5 crores of students from pre-primary to university level in the country. Among them, 1.6 crore of students are from high school to upper secondary school and they will get their unique IDs first.

Officials from the Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (Banbeis) said they had started a project called “Integrated Educational Information Management System (IEIMS)” and collected information from students across the country.

He asked parents to provide 15 kinds of information, including birth registration for each student.

Shamsul Alam, IEIMS (Secondary) Project Director, said they are currently collecting the information and will be entering data from November 30 this year.

“We will try to provide a unique ID to students in December of this year on the occasion of the Mujib year. But we will do full distribution from January of next year.”

The unique ID initiative will help uncover dropouts, child labor and early marriages, he said.

Dr Manzoor Ahmed, Professor Emeritus at Brac University, praised the initiative to provide the unique IDS to students. He called it “an exemplary decision in the follow-up of students” on all academic and other activities.

“It will be good if the students do not engage in an unhealthy competition to be the first or to get good positions in their respective classes. They will now focus on getting good grades and become good students,” he said. -he declares.

Private universities collect data

UGC has prepared a guideline to create unique identifiers for all students and it has been sent to all universities asking them to collect student data.

The UGC will organize a workshop attended by at least two representatives from each private university to explain the directive and implement it correctly.

UGC director Omar Farooq (private university division) told TBS that they have sent a letter to all university authorities to file student data so that they can create the unique ID without any problems.

“Many universities are violating UGC guidelines while many are involved in other anomalies. The unique identifier will help force all universities to follow the rules correctly as they will not be able to enroll students at will,” he said. he declares.

Public universities lagging behind

Even though the country’s public universities have not received any instruction from UGC to collect student data, they are all aware of the Unique ID program.

When asked, officials from various public universities, however, told TBS that public universities will not take as long to complete the process once they receive instructions from the UGC.

Professor Farid Uddin Ahmed, vice-chancellor of Shahjalal University of Engineering and Technology, told TBS that they are now busy with admission tests. But they have a plan to complete the data collection process in a short period of time.

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