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23 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM

Discontent brews again on campus

Rifat Islam, DU

Though the administration has put a lid on the protest movement for almost a month, students protesting the cancellation of seven affiliated government colleges of Dhaka University (DU) have expressed frustration and anger as they cannot see any concrete activity by the university administration or government to resolve the impasse. Talking to some of the DU students leading the movement, The Independent learned that if the recommendation committee does not speedily resolve the problem of the seven colleges’ affiliation, the students may revive the movement protesting at their affiliation. Shakil Mia, a spokesman for the movement, said, "With the assurance of the administration, we temporarily halted the movement. The university authorities first sought 15 days and then again asked for 30 working days to solve the problems caused by the seven colleges’ affiliation. When Vice-Chancellor Sir, the highest authority of the university, assured us, we expected a solution to it. But we're not seeing any positive activity to resolve it. At this point, we are disappointed with this matter."

About the next step, Shakil Mia said, "We who are the general students in the movement will sit next Wednesday or Thursday of the upcoming week and will discuss with the authorities. On that basis, we'll take the next decision."

Abdullah Hil Baki, one of the agitators, said, "We are neither down nor deceived. We will announce a new programme soon and will move forward together, as in the past. We won’t let the DU authorities take the upcoming convocation and admis sion tests along with affiliated college students.” To solve the problem caused by seven colleges’ affiliation, on July 24, the

DU vice-chancellor Prof. Dr Md.  Akhtaruzzaman formed an 11-member ‘recommendation committee’ with pro-vice chancellor (administration) Prof. Dr Muhammad Samad as a convener.

Talking to The Independent, the V-C said: “We formed a very high-powered ‘recommendation committee’. They’re working seriously to find a solution to this matter.”

Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) vice-president Nurul Haque Nur, who is on the recommendation committee, said: “Before Eid, a meeting was convened by the VC to give effective recommendations to resolve the problems and demands of students belonging to the movement.

The committee members made various recommendations. But no effective decision has been taken. In the meeting, some recommended to form a new separate university for seven colleges.

Some even recommended keeping the affiliation. After the discussion, there was an opinion that an effective decision will be made by meeting students of the seven colleges and those seeking cancellation of affiliation.”

“My opinion was that the affiliation should be cancelled and no new admissions should be allowed from the new session. But we have to let those who are current students complete their academic curriculum under DU so that they don’t have to suffer,” Nur added.        

On the other hand, during the time of the movement, the DUCSU general secretary (GS) and Bangladesh Chhatra League GS Golam Rabbani said, “If a proper solution is not found in the early weeks of August, then he will raise slogans with the protesters.”

The Independent tried several times to connect with him but in vain.     

The students of DU had boycotted classes and exams and locked the administrative building for four consecutive days demanding cancellation of the affiliation along with a four-point charter of demands from 19, July.

Owing to the movement, the university became virtually inactive. Later, the VC, senior leaders of the government along with the DUCSU leaders gave an assurance that an effective solution to the demands of the students would be found to overcome the impasse.

The university’s VC, Akhtaruzzaman, appointed a committee to make recommendations for a ‘scientific’ solution to the problems arising out of the affiliation. The committee was asked to make recommendations within 10 working days.

However, at a meeting of the committee on July 29, the deadline was extended to 30 working days.

The members of the committee are: the president of the Dhaka University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) and dean of the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Prof. Dr ASM Maqsud Kamal, general secretary of the

DU Teachers’ Association

 and dean of the Faculty of Business Education, Prof. Dr Shibli Rubaiyatul Islam, dean of the Faculty of Arts, Prof. Dr Abu Md. Delwar Hossain, dean of the Faculty of Science, Prof. Dr Tofail Ahmed Chowdhury, principals of Dhaka College, Eden College, Kabi Nazrul Government College and

coordinator of seven colleges (focal point), assistant proctor Prof. Muhammad Mainul Karim of Dhaka University, DUCSU VP Nurul Haque Nur and DUCSU GS Golam Rabbani.


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