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DU authorities restrict campus entry for outsiders

  • Published at 02:58 pm July 9th, 2018
  • Last updated at 06:11 pm July 9th, 2018
File photo of the entrance of Dhaka University Central Library Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The decision comes after some recent unwanted incidents centring the quota reform movement

Dhaka University (DU) authorities have issued an order prohibiting the movement of outsiders on the campus without the authorities' permission.

"Dhaka University campus is only open to its students. Outsiders cannot stay, roam around and hold any activities on the campus without the permission of the proctor or relevant authorities," read a DU press release issued on Monday.

The decision has been made public four days after it was taken at a Provost Committee meeting on July 5.

Following some recent unwanted incidents surrounding the quota reform movement, the committee decided to send notice to the former students who have been overstaying in the DU dormitories, asking them leave immediately, read the press release.

If they do not comply with the notice, it said, the authorities would take steps against them, and seek assistance from the law enforcement agencies to prevent staying of outsiders at the dormitories or campus.

No one except the current students would be allowed to stay in the halls.

The committee also expressed their concern about the activities at some halls of the female students and urged all to remain alert about the presence of extremists or militant groups at university dormitories.

The DU proctor and hall authorities were asked to seek the aid of the law enforcement agencies, if necessary, to take action against any group trying to promote or engage in radical activities in the halls or campus.

The students would also be cautioned to refrain from inciting rumours or making provocative statements that could disrupt the academic environment of the university, said the press release.

A seven-member committee, led by Vice-Chancellor (Admin) Prof D Md Samad, was formed to investigate the recent undesirable activities centring the quota reform movement, and submit their findings along with recommendations.

DU Proctor Prof Golam Rabbani told reporters: "We have taken the decisions to ensure students' safety. Some people are trying to destabilize the university's academic atmosphere. We will do everything for ensuring students' security and protecting peaceful environment on campus."

In April, students of public and private universities across the country waged a strong movement demanding reformation of the current quota system in public service recruitments.

In the face of the movement, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in parliament on April 11 had announced the abolition of all types of quotas in government jobs.

As no gazette notification has so far been issued regarding the abolishment of the quota system as per the prime minister’s declaration, the quota reform activists attempted to stage demonstrations at DU and other university campuses across the country in the last few days.

However, most of them were foiled followings alleged attacks carried out by leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League.