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11 October, 2017 11:58:04 PM

Student leaders want election

Mir Arshadul Hoque
Student leaders want election

Reacting to the High Court’s (HC's) order to Dhaka University (DU) to take steps to form the senate in line with the regulations within six months, most student leaders have demanded that the Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) elections be held.

The HC on Tuesday declared as illegal the three-member panel of candidates chosen for the post of DU vice-chancellor (VC), which was nominated by the DU senate on July 29. The court said that the senate was not “complete”.

The HC bench of Justice Zinat Ara and Justice Qazi Mohammad Ijarul Haque Akand delivered the verdict.

The student leaders of the university are hoping that the varsity authorities will follow the HC order and take steps at once to complete the 105-member senate, which includes five representatives from DUCSU.

The DU senate consists of 105 members, including the VC, two pro-VCs, a treasurer, five government officials, five parliamentarians, and five distinguished educationists, five representatives from research bodies, five affiliated college principals, 10 affiliated college teachers, the Dhaka Education Board chairman, 25 representatives from registered graduates, 35 elected teachers, and five representatives from the DUCSU.

Of the 105 senators, only 48 were present when the panel was nominated on July 29.

Chhatra Federation president of DU unit, Umme Habiba Benojir, said: “Since the court has ordered the completion of the senate within six months, we are hoping that the DUCSU election will be held. It has been inactive for 27 years, and  the senate will never be complete without five representatives of DUCSU.”

“We should welcome the court’s order, and the university authorities should take immediate steps for conducting the DUCSU polls. We are waiting for the university authorities to declare the DUCSU polls,” she added.

Abid-Al Hasan, president of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) DU unit, said: “We have always wanted DUCSU elections. We want the perfect leadership to come through the vote of general students. If the university authorities organise the election, the BCL will participate in it.”

“I am hopeful that the DUCSU election will be held immediately and the general students will get the right to vote. On the other hand, the student leaders will get the opportunity to work for them,” he added.

Blaming the BCL, Al Mahedi Talukdar, president of the DU unit of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, said: “We also want the DUCSU polls to happen. That’s why we joined an open debate the general students had arranged last month. But BCL did not give us that space on the campus. If the authority organises DUCSU polls and the same rules apply to everyone, we will participate in it.”

Claiming that only a student movement can bring forth the DUCSU polls, Eva Majumder, president of the DU unit of Samajtantrik Chhatro Front, said, “We can have the DUCSU election only if students organize a movement. The HC has given a logical order but our experience says that the university authorities do not follow all court orders.”

Tuhin Kanti Das, president of the DU unit of Students’ Union Bangladesh, told The Independent: “Only a judicial order is not enough. The position of the university authorities and the current government is important too. We have been demanding this poll for a long time. We hope now that the authorities will take immediate


Prof. Md Akhtaruzzaman, the VC of DU, said, “The rule of law is very important. We will see the full court order and work on it. The court has given us the order to complete the senate within six months. It is really unexpected that the senate body is incomplete now. I will work to complete the senate with its different components.”

“I met President Abdul Hamid, who is the chancellor of the university, a few days ago. I told him that after his lecture at the 50th convocation of DU, in which he gave some guidelines regarding the DUCSU election, this has become a national issue. I also told him that there are many components related to this issue. He suggested that I should observe the related issues. So, we should take steps,” the VC added.

Saying that the 1973 ordinance was created at the time of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Md Akhtaruzzaman noted: “The university is an institute that should act democratically, and we should include all the components of the senate.”

“The consensus of different student political organizations and security are also important, as DU is not an island of the country. Unexpected events should be avoided and we can take the court’s order positively. We will select the body by having an election,” he said.


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