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Life comes to a standstill at JU

  • Published at 01:54 am December 4th, 2019
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File photo of Jahangirnagar University main entrance Dhaka Tribune

Students, along with the people who earn their livelihood working various jobs on campus, are in distress due to this decision

Life at Jahangirnagar University (JU) came to a halt when the university administration decided to shut down academic buildings and dormitories indefinitely, starting November 5, in view of the attack on protesting teachers and students carried out by the Chhatra League.

Students, along with the people who earn their livelihood working various jobs on campus, are in distress due to this decision.

The students who cover the cost of their education by providing private tutoring are affected the most. Many of them who lived in the dormitories are now without an income or a place to stay .  With the dormitories being shut down they have no resources to leave campus and go elsewhere.

Some of them are trying to tackle the situation by staying in nearby areas but that is also adding to their misery as proper lodging and food is in short supply in Jahangirnagar.

"I bear the expenses of my younger brother's education as well as mine with the money I get from providing private tuition," said MA student Mizanur Rahman.

"How can I provide for my brother if all of that money is being spent on my food and lodging when the dorms are now closed?" he asked, holding back tears.

Students were seen searching for housing carrying their necessary belongings almost every day in the neighbouring university areas like Gerua, Kalabagan, Islamnagar, and Ambagan since the dorms closed.

Preparing for job exams has also been disrupted for JU students, due to the central library of the university being shut down.

People who make a living working on campus are also suffering immensely, their income curtailed significantly by the campus shutdown and fewer people there.

Rickshaw puller Moeen Ali says he doesn’t know how he can provide for his family when there are no people or passengers on campus for his rickshaw.

Employees of various shops on campus are idle, while some have returned to their home districts, and yet others have taken up other professions in Savar.

Sharif Hossain, a campus restaurant employee, says he barely survived with his monthly income and now even that has stopped.

The number of drug users and miscreants in the deserted campus has increased recently. There were three different reports of theft in broad daylight in the last few days.

When asked about a possible date for resumption of regular campus activities, Acting Registrar Rahima Kaneez said: "We can only comment on that after the syndicate meeting as the decision of shutting down the campus came from the syndicate."

Acting Proctor ASM Firoz Ul Hasan said the campus was shut down to prevent unexpected mishaps and there was no way of knowing a particular date for reopening the campus before a decision is taken by the authorities.

“The campus will be opened once the university administration deems it safe to do so,” he added.

A body of JU students and teachers have been protesting for two months  demanding the removal of Vice Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam on allegations of corruption.

The campus was shut down indefinitely since November 5 after protestors were assaulted by Chhatra League members.