The current body of Ducsu took charge on March 23
The ruling body of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu) has completed one month yesterday after 28 years of hiatus.
The current body took charge on March 23 with ruling Awami League’s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League winning a landslide victory in the Ducsu and hall union polls on March 11.
In Ducsu, except for the key post vice-president (VP) and secretary to social services; in hall unions except for four female dormitories, the Chhatra League dominated with full panels.
But five major panels boycotted the polls alleging vote-rigging and irregularities.
After very public irregularities in Bangladesh-Kuwait Maitree Hall, DU authorities relieved the acting provost, Dr Shabnam Jahan. A five-member body was formed to further investigate the incident.
Chief Returning Officer Prof Mahfuzur Rahman expressed his embarrassment but VC Prof M Akhtaruzzaman said he was satisfied with the elections.
Visible impact after polls, no impact to solve seat crisis
Shaheed Sargent Zahurul Huq Hall, Bangabandhu Hall, Zia Hall, Amar Ekushey Hall unions were supposed to get rid of former students who still occupied the dormitories. But nothing has changed in a month.
Wasim, a first-year student, said he is among many others who have lost all hope of moving into a residential seal.
Several students from Bangabandhu Hall said the condition has only worsened as they are forced to take part in Chhatra League programs after the polls.
One of them said it was a “show of force” by the new leaders to display their dominance.
Ducsu Assistant General Secretary (AGS) Md Saddam Hussain said big projects are in the works to address the accommodation crisis. He said the proposal is with the Ministry of Education and that Ducsu is communicating with the Prime Minister’s Office.
There have been visible and more immediate changes though. Hall union leaders have renovated washrooms and guest rooms, and installed dustbins. In Jasim Uddin Hall, Sir AF Rahman Hall, Mohsin Hall, Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall, and Shamsun Nahar Hall, the food prices have been determined at reasonable rates. Two female dorms - Ruqayyah and Shamsun Nahar Hall – extended their closing hours by 30 minutes to 10pm.
Independent candidates assaulted
Farid Hasan, an independent candidate from SM Hall was assaulted allegedly by Chhatra League men on April 1.
Rabiul Islam, a blind student and an independent candidate, was also beaten up allegedly by Masterda Surja Sen hall Chhatra League members.
Junior language course token money at IML
Tanvir Hasan Saikat, a Ducsu member, interfered in collecting token money against an admission test form of the junior language course for Tk700.
He demanded the fee be fixed at Tk200 for DU students.
The Institute of Modern Language authorities stopped distributing forms after the incident.
Ducsu-Chhatra League president internal clash
A concert scheduled for Pohela Boishakh was punctuated by allegations that major Chhatra League leaders in the Ducsu were trying to exclude Chhatra League central President Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon from the event.
Shovon claimed he was unaware the concert was arranged by the Chhatra League.