Several hundred demonstrating students of seven public colleges affiliated with the Dhaka University (DU) have called off their protest after Vice-Chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman promised to solve their problems.
Traffic came to a grinding halt as they kept Nilkhet intersection blocked for several hours on Thursday starting around 11am to press home several demands.
Around 2pm, VC Akhtaruzzaman, accompanied by Proctor Prof AKM Golam Rabbani, went to the spot and spoke with the protesters whose five-points demands focus on exams and results.
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The protesters also want all honours final exams of the academic sessions starting from the 2012-13 conducted soon Focus Bangla
The affiliated colleges are Dhaka College, Eden Mohila College, Government Shaheed Suhrawardi College, Kabi Nazrul Government College, Begum Badrunnesa Government Women College, Mirpur Government Bangla College and Government Titumir College.
Publishing of the results of the honours second-year final exams by January and starting the honours third-year final exams of the 2014-15 academic year by March are the two top demands, followed by the one for publication of an academic calendar for the seven colleges.
The protesters also want all honours final exams of the academic sessions starting from the 2012-13 conducted soon. The fifth demand is to hold all pending exams for degree (pass) courses and publish the results quickly.
VC Akhtaruzzaman has assured them of meeting the first two demands by February 25.
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Traffic came to a grinding halt as they kept Nilkhet intersection blocked for several hours on Thursday starting around 11am to press home several demands Focus Bangla
Titumir College student Shourovi Khatun said they were facing academic irregularities that harmed their academic life.
"Persisting session jam has made it difficult for us to move forward," she said.
She said she already lagged behind by a year compared to the students of the National University of the 2014-15 academic session, in which she was enrolled.
The colleges with more than 250,000 students were affiliated with the Dhaka Univesity on February 16 last year.