He made the claim while speaking as chief guest at an award giving ceremony, where ten students of the mass communication and journalism department were rewarded the 'Professor Sitara Parvin Award' for their excellent performance in the BSS (honours) examinations in 2017.
Reaffirming the Dhaka University administration’s current stance on outsiders’ access to campus, Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Professor Md Akhtaruzzman on Monday alleged that a section had made an “evil attempt” to incite students and alumni of the almost 100-year old institution by spreading false propaganda regarding the matter.
He made the claim while speaking as chief guest at an award giving ceremony at the Muzaffar Ahmed Chowdhury Auditorium of the university, organized by the DU’s mass communication and journalism department.
In a press release on July 11, Dhaka University authorities claimed they had never said outsiders were prohibited. The press release came only two days after a circular had been issued restricting campus entry.
The July 9 circular, which was widely covered by multiple news outlets, drew severe criticism from all walks of society, especially from current and former students of the university. University authorities blamed news media for distorting the circular’s message.
VC Akhtaruzzman said: “Some people are claiming that we are turning the university into a cantonment by setting up check posts. Only those who are mentally disturbed propagate such misinformation to create mass unrest.”
“Many people here [at the program] are former students or related to students. They were not barred at any gate. The university is always open for its former students. Cultural personalities and artists will be welcomed here, but the university administration cannot allow access to drug addicts, militants, or those who disrupt normal students’ lives,” he said.
“I want to say one thing very clearly: Dhaka University cannot be a place for those who believe in extremist ideology, drug addicts, and those who oppose the spirit of the liberation war,” continued VC Akhtaruzzman.
10 students receive Sitara Parvin award
Ten students of the mass communication and journalism department on Monday received the 'Professor Sitara Parvin Award' for their excellent performance in the BSS (honours) examinations in 2017.
The awardees are Md Ragib Rahman, Sanjoy Basak Partha, Farzana Tasnim Pinky, Jakia Jahan Mukta, Md Shamim Hossain, Wahida Zaman Shithi, Siyeduzzaman Shohag, Zinat Sharmin, Dayed Hasan and Durjoy Chakraborty.
Theatre personality Ramendu Majumdar presented the memorial speech titled 'Why theatre' on late Prof Sitara Parvin at the Muzaffar Ahmed Chowdhury Auditorium of the Social Science Building of the university.
He also distributed cheques and certificates among the awardees.
The awards were given by Professor Sitara Parvin Trust Fund.
Prof Sitara Parvin, a teacher of the MCJ department and daughter of former president Justice Shahabuddin Ahmed, died in a road accident in the US on June 23, 2005.