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16 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Male students outshining girls at Rajshahi University

Jahidul Islam Joy
Male students outshining girls at Rajshahi University

In the last couple of years, female students have fared better then their male classmates in Rajshahi University (RU). This trend appears to be going in the reverse direction from the one that prevailed during 2005–2016, when male students dominated the campus.

Each faculty of the university honours the students for outstanding performance every year. Besides, the university also offers the Deans Award to the best students. Further, the Prime Minister's Office selects nine students from the RU campus each year on the basis of their performance.

The Agrani Bank gold medal award is given to students who secure the highest CGPA in both honours and master's courses.

According to academic office sources, students of nine faculties—Arts, Fine Arts, Social Science, Science, Law, Agriculture, Business, Life and Earth Science, Engineering—have received 175 awards for outstanding performance in both honours and master’s programmes. Among these students, 101 are male and 74 female.

In 2005, 10 male and four female students got the awards. In 2006, the numbers of male and female students receiving the awards were five and eight respectively. In 2007, 10 male and four female students got the awards, while 11 male and three female students secured them next year.

In 2009, 10 male and four female students got the awards in 2009, while 12 male and three female students received them in 2010. In 2011, eight male and eight female students got the awards. In 2012, nine male and seven female students received them. In 2013, nine male and seven female students got the awards; eight male and eight female secured them in 2015. In 2016, nine female and seven male students received the Agrani Bank gold medals. In 2013, female students got 10 out of the total 16 gold medals. Even in 2011, female students got nine out of the 15 medals. However, in 2008, male students secured 11 out of the 14 medals.

In 2007, 2011 and 2014, four male and four female students got this award for their outstanding performances in their respective faculties.

No female student from the Arts Faculty has received this award in the master’s course in the last 10 years.

AHM Aslam Hossain, director of the academic section of RU, said this award is given on the merit of five years' performance. The next batch of awards will be given to those who would pass their honours and master's courses in  2017 and 2022, respectively, with flying colours.

Yeasin Al Masum, one of the students to have received the award, said he attained his goal through regular study, firm determination and regular presence in classroom and tutorials.

Another recipient, Pronib Kumar Karmokar, said he received the support of the scholarship or achieving success in abroad.

On October 16, 2017 , the Prime Minister's Office selected 18 students from nine faculties of RU for the PM gold medal for their outstanding results in 2015 and 2016. Besides, three female students out of four received the Khandaker Monowar Memorial Award on July 26, 2017.  

Earlier, four female students out of four were also selected for the Momtazuddin Gold Medal Award.

Prof Jannatul Ferdaus, the first female student adviser of RU, said the fundamentalist attitude towards the female students has changed. Female students are more careful in planning their careers than their male counterparts, she added.

Prof Ananda Kumar Saha, pro vice-chancellor of RU, said they try their best to support, inspire and help the female students. "We don't discriminate among male and female students," he added.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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