The Education Engineering Department (EED) executed the uplifts under 17 projects providing facilities like new academic buildings, computers, digital equipments and multimedia classrooms helping students to easily understand lessons.
Officials in EED, district administration, Local Government Department and educational institutions said huge infrastructural developments have brought a revolutionary change in the education sector in all eight districts of Rangpur division.
Executive Engineer of EED Md Asaduzzaman said infrastructural uplifts done at Taka 1,331 crore have significantly enhanced academic facilities improving quality of education in the secondary and higher secondary levels.
“The students are getting better facilities for academic activities in their educational institutions of Rangpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Panchagarh, Thakurgaon and Dinajpur districts in the division,” he said.
In Rangpur district, infrastructural developments were completed in 602 secondary and higher secondary level educational institutions and Begum Rokeya University at the cost of over Taka 337 crore in last ten years.
“Following construction of four academic buildings, three residential halls and other infrastructures at over Taka 76 crore in Begum Rokeya University, the opportunity for higher education has brightened there,” Asaduzzaman said.
Similarly, EED has constructed four-storey academic buildings of 154 non- government colleges at over Taka 140 crore, 107 secondary schools at over Taka 51 crore and 20 madrashas at over Taka 12 crore in Rangpur district.
“We have constructed four-storey academic buildings to turn 14 non-government schools into model schools at about Taka 7.50 crore and one academic building and two hostels for female students at Carmichael College at about Taka 15 crore,” he added.
Besides, construction of toilet blocks, ICT Resource Centers, boundary walls, roads, laboratories, workshops and renovation works were completed spending about Taka 34.50 crore in different educational institutions of Rangpur district.
Talking to the correspondent, Principal of Mazida Khatun Mohila College in Rangpur AKM Sharifuzzaman said EED has constructed a five-storey academic building with digitized ICT and IT facilities improving learning facilities in the institution.
Science group intermediate students Asha Moni and Ishraat of the college said the new academic with 30 computers in computer laboratory and 11 multimedia projectors have improved academic facilities.
Principal of Lalkuthi Girls’ School and College in the city Abdur Rouf Sarker said EED has constructed a five-storey academic building with digitized ICT and IT facilities improving education facilities in the institution.
Intermediate students Rubina and Sheuly of the college said they are learning lessons easily in multimedia classrooms and improving knowledge on internet using computers at the laboratory.
Students Aklima and Roksana of intermediate level at Kanthalbari Degree College in Kurigram said they are easily learning knowledge in new classrooms having digitized multi-media projector facilities after massive infrastructural uplifts.
Deputy Commissioner of Kurigram Sultana Pervin said massive infrastructural uplifts in the education sector have improved academic facilities and quality of education in all nine upazilas of Kurigram district.
Divisional Director (Local Government) Zakir Hossain said infrastructural developments in the education sector in last ten years substantially improved academic atmosphere and facilities and quality of education allover Rangpur division.
“Infrastructural developments are still being implemented by EDD to further improve academic facilities at other educational institutions in the division,” Zakir added.