Hundreds of students have staged a demonstration to press home 10-point demands including calls for revision of the quota system in recruitment for government jobs.
More than 500 students under the banner of the "Bangladesh General Students Rights Protection Parishad" took position at the foot of Raju Memorial Sculpture at Dhaka University (DU) on Saturday.
Spokesman for the protest Imran Hossain, a master's student in the Department of Persian Language & Literature of DU, said that they are being deprived of government jobs due to the quota system.
“We are not against the quota. But the government should emphasize merit and give chances to 90% general students. We want an immediate review of quota system,” he said.
Imran sought the prime minister's intervention in the matter.
“We believe you [the prime minister] will not deprive the meritorious students of government jobs. We urge you to give us the opportunity to build 'Bangabandhur Sonar Bangla' by utilising our merit.”
He further announced that their next demonstration would be held on February 22 in different educational institutions across the country.
In addition to calling for the quota to be reduced to 10% from the existing 57%, protesters demanded unified pass marks for all candidates for the Bangladesh Civil Services (BCS) preliminary test.
Earlier, demonstrators flocked in front of the National Museum but were dispersed by police.
Ramna Zone Deputy Commissioner Md Maruf Hossain Sarder said: “We asked them to leave the place to avert an untoward situation.”
Students from different universities and colleges joined the protest programme.
Meanwhile, the Central Command Council of Freedom Fighters’ Children brought out a procession from Shahbag at the same time, protesting all kinds of conspiracies against the reserved quota for freedom fighters.