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DU students continue boycotting classes

  • Published at 12:39 pm July 21st, 2019
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File photo: Dhaka University (DU) students lock the gates of administrative buildings demanding an end to the university's affiliation with seven colleges on Sunday, July 21, 2019 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Demands cutting ties with 7 colleges

Demonstrating students of Dhaka University (DU), yesterday announced the continuation of their movement demanding cancellation of affiliation of the seven colleges, as the university authorities did not assure scrapping its ties with the colleges.

As per their earlier announcement, they locked the gates of several administrative and academic buildings.

The locked buildings included the Registrar's office, Faculty of Business Studies, Institute of Modern Languages, Institute of Education and Research, and the Social Science building, all of which were locked since 6:30am yesterday.

Shakil Mia, a student of management department, and spokesperson of the movement said: "Our demands were not met by the Pro-Vice Chancellor, who assured us of fulfilling those. He said the seven colleges will be operated separately, but that was not what we wanted. We want their ties to be cut off altogether."

He said members of the movement will continue boycotting all classes, and examinations until their demands are met.

Earlier at a press briefing held at the VC's lounge, the Pro-VC (administration) Prof Muhammad Samad said it is not within their jurisdiction to cancel the colleges' affiliation. 

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He added the final decision would be taken once the VC returns from abroad.

Speaking about the alleged problems caused due to the affiliation, Business faculty dean, and coordinator of the seven colleges, Prof Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam said the students are probably protesting about the certificates issued to the students of those colleges.

"If needed, we could issue those with the names of their respective colleges in bold, as well as in different colours, to set them apart from DU," he added, "This was also suggested by Ducsu VP Nurul Haq Nur."

For examinations, he said teachers of the colleges evaluate 90% of the exam papers, while DU faculty members, for ensuring the given standard, check only 10%.

The affiliated colleges are Dhaka College, Eden Mohila College, Government Shaheed Suhrawardy College, Kabi Nazrul Government College, Begum Badrunnesa Government Women's College, Mirpur Government Bangla College and Government Titumir College.

A group of Dhaka University students have been demonstrating on campus since July 16, demanding the decision of affiliating seven colleges under the institution to be annulled.

Some of their other demands are: publishing all the academic result within two months; automating certain administrative, and academic activities; controlling external vehicles, and fixing rickshaw rent inside the university.