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NU to rechristen five colleges named after anti-liberation figures

  • Published at 12:03 am November 15th, 2019
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High Court also orders government ‘for the last time’ to rechristen streets, installations named after anti-liberation figures

The National University has started the process to rechristen five of its affiliated colleges that are now named after anti-liberation figures and 1971 war criminals.

In a media statement on Thursday, the university authorities said that they have already changed the name of Rabeta Model College in Rangamati to Langadu Model College.

The process to change the names of the other four colleges is also at the final stage, it added.

Syed Sayeeduddin College in Habiganj's Madhabpur will be renamed Moulana Asad Ali Degree College; Eidgah Farid Ahmed College in Cox's Bazar will be renamed Eidgah Rashid Ahmed College; Basail Emdad Hamida College in Tangail will be renamed Basail Degree College; and Dharmapur Abdul Jabbar College in Gaibandha will be renamed Dharmapur Degree College.

The National University’s statement also welcomed a High Court order issued on Thursday on the same issue.

The bench of Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury and Justice Ahmed Sohel ordered the government “for the last time” to rechristen within 90 days the streets and installations named after anti-liberation figures across the country, reports BSS.

After hearing a writ filed on the issue, the court also asked the authorities concerned to rename those streets and installations after the freedom fighters of respective localities.

The court fixed February 23 for the authorities to submit a compliance report in this regard.

Dhaka University teacher and historian Prof Dr Muntassir Mamun and journalist Shahriar Kabir had filed the writ in 2012.

After holding primary hearing on the matter, the High Court on May 14 that year had issued a rule asking as to why it shall not pass order to rename such streets and installations.

But the order is yet to be implemented and that is why the court has allowed time for authorities to comply with the order for the last time.

Barrister AK Rashidul Haque represented the petitioners, and Deputy Attorney General Amit Das Gupta stood for the state.