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DU-affiliated college students call off protest

  • Published at 02:10 pm April 24th, 2019
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Protesting students of the 7 DU-affiliated colleges block the Nilkhet-New Market intersection to press home their demands on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The Dhaka University authorities have issued a press release regarding the proceedings  

Students of seven colleges affiliated with Dhaka University (DU) have called off their protest upon receiving assurance that their demands would be met by the university authorities.

DU Proctor Prof AKM Golam Rabbani spoke with the  students while they were demonstrating and blocking the Nilkhet-New Market intersection around 12pm on Wednesday.

He told the protestors that the DU authorities have acknowledged the issues raised by the students and assured them that their demands will be met.

On Tuesday, the same students took to the streets, demonstrating for their five-point demand.

Their demands include: DU authorities must publish results within 90 days of an examination; and the results of all departments of a session must be published together. The exam papers of students under degree, honours and master's programs—of all the years—must be re-evaluated and the authorities concerned must mention the reasons behind the high fail rate. A separate building must be established to run the operations of the seven affiliated colleges. DU teachers must teach two classes in every department of all the colleges every month. An academic calendar with crash programs, to solve the session jam issue, must be introduced.

Proctor Rabbani said a discussion was held with the DU vice chancellor regarding the students' demands. 

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“Your demands will be discussed in the Syndicate meeting on April 28. There will also be representatives of the seven colleges,” he said.

“We have decided that the results will be published within 90 days of an exam. We also plan to publish the results of all departments of an academic year, including publishing error-free results,” he added.

The results will be evaluated, along with exam papers, of all years of honours and master's courses, and will mention the reasons for failing  students. A crash course program will be launched with the academic calendar to resolve session jams, the proctor said.

He said that a separate cell has already been set up in the university's administrative building to conduct academic activities of the seven colleges. There are plans to build a new building for the colleges in the future. 

Meanwhile, a press conference will be held at Dhaka College canteen on Thursday. The students called off their second day of protest with that announcement.

Vehicular movement became normal after three hours of protest.

Earlier, the students of seven colleges affiliated with DU continued their demonstration for a second consecutive day, blocking the Nilkhet-New Market intersection around 11:30am on Wednesday.