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Students demand fair Jucsu polls; acting VC and pro VC still confined

Update : 21 Nov 2013, 06:03 PM

A section of students at the Jahangirnagar University yesterday protested against alleged irregularities of the Election Commission in the JU Central Student’s Union (Jucsu) polls.

Around 200 students, under the banner of “Oniomer Biruddhe Amra,” brought out a procession protesting the EC’s move in allowing the Mphil and PhD students to compete in the Jucsu polls allegedly violating the Jucsu constitution and university’s convention.

The students claimed that the authorities were trying to elect like-minded people in the Jucsu polls and they amended the university’s constitution through various irregularities.

In response to the students’ demonstration, EC chief Prof AKM Shahnewaz said: “We need written documents of their demand in order to amend the current process.”

The EC chief also advised the students to file a writ petition to the High Court in this regard.

The situation arouse as the authorities recently permitted the Mphil and PhD students, for the first time, to compete the polls.

Meanwhile, the agitating teachers of the university still kept confined the acting vice-chancellor along with pro-VC and registrar at the administrative office demanding the implementation of chancellor’s directives and cancellation of teachers’ representative election.

On Wednesday, the teachers, under the banner of “Teachers-Students and Officers-Employees’ united forum,” confined them protesting the alleged violation of Chancellor’s directives and demanding the suspension of teachers’ representative polls in senate scheduled on December 7.

However, classes and examinations were held yesterday as academic activities and transportation system were kept out of purview of the movement.  

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