President of the Bangladesh Chhatra League, JnU unit, FM Shariful Islam told Dhaka Tribune that home minister had informed them about the directive of the prime minister during a meeting on Thursday night.
President Saifur Rahman Sohag and General Secretary SM Jakir Hossain of BCL central committee and General Secretary of BCL JnU unit SM Sirajul Islam were present at the meeting.
“During the meeting, home minster told us that Jagannath University issue will be raised in the next meeting of the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC),” he said.
“The minister said the institution turned into a university in 2005 in an unplanned way. He also assured us that he would take all possible measures to solve the existing problems of the university. He also urged students to do their movement in peaceful way,” he added.”
“On Saturday [today], we will hold a meeting with Teachers and officials of the university as the part of our movement,” he added.
Teachers’ Association of the University is likely to meet with Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on September 4 over the issue.
Students of the university under the banner of left leaning parties have been staging demonstration since August 1 for construction of dormitories at the vacated site of old Dhaka jail that was shifted to Keraniganj on 29 July, 2016.
Later, the BCL, the students' front of the ruling party Awami League started separate on August.
Recently, authorities of the university made the appeal to the government seeking allocation of the land.
A multi-storied dormitory, a cultural centre, a research centre and a museum would be constructed at the site of jail and these structures would be named after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and four national leaders – Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, M Mansur Ali and AHM Qamaruzzaman, if the land is allotted to the university, said the authorities in the letter sent to ministries concerned.
Being failed to get any response from the government’s side, students of university have decided to take different types of programmes to create awareness among mass people about their demand.
Earlier, students of the university staged demonstration boycotting classes and examination in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014 demanding measures to solve accommodation crisis.