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5 December, 2019 12:47:49 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 5 December, 2019 12:55:09 PM
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Normalcy returns to BUET, JU

Our Correspondents, DU and JU
Normalcy returns to BUET, JU

After two months of impasse at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) over the killing of Abrar Fahad, students yesterday (Wednesday) called off their non-cooperation movement and agreed to appear for the final exams on December 28. At Jahangirnagar University (JU), the authorities yesterday decided to reopen dormitories for students from today (Thursday) after one month. Classes as well as exams would start from Sunday.

BUET students ended their movement as the BUET authorities accepted their three-point demands. A spokesperson of the student movement, Mahmudur Rahman Sayem, a student of the 15th batch of BUET's electrical and electronics engineering (EEE) department, said: “The BUET authorities had issued a notice last Monday night, saying the highest punishment for ragging would be ensured with permanent expulsion. Our three demands have been met. At the same time, the university would ensure the Code of Conduct for freshers to make them aware of it."

They have also announced that they would appear for the final term exams from December 28. The announcement was made at a press conference at the BUET Shaheed Minar. “We want the judicial process in the Abrar Fahad murder case to be completed speedily in a fair manner. We hope the court will give utmost importance to the matter and fulfil the hopes of the whole country," Sayem added.

BUET students were protesting for two months following the murder of fellow student, Abrar Fahad, by some BCL leaders. Directorate of Students' Welfare (DSW) professor Mizanur Rahman said that by an announcement at the Academic Council meeting on Saturday, they would set December 28 for starting the term exams. On November 13, the police submitted a charge-sheet against 25 BUET students—most of whom were Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders and activists—in a case filed by Abrar’s father. On November 21, the university authorities expelled 26 students for life, 25 of whom were accused of being involved in Abrar’s murder. Abrar, a student of the electrical and electronics engineering Department, was beaten to death by Chhatra League men in the university’s Sher-e-Bangla Hall in the early hours of October 7. The JU authorities announced reopening of dormitories, after a month-long shutdown of the university over various irregularities. The decision was taken at a syndicate meeting, headed by JU VC Prof. Farzana Islam. It was held at the counselling room of the new administrative building yesterday afternoon. JU registrar (acting) Rahima Kaniz confirmed this to The Independent yesterday.

“Dormitories will reopen tomorrow (Thursday), and academic activities will resume on Sunday. The syndicate urged all stakeholders of the university to cooperate with the authorities to maintain a congenial academic environment on the campus,” she said.

On November 5, the university syndicate shut down the university following an attack on demonstrating teachers and students by leaders and activists of the JU unit of the BCL.


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