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Affiliation of 7 colleges: DU students continue protest

  • Published at 12:10 pm July 22nd, 2019
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

Ducsu expressed their solidarity with the ongoing demonstration

Students of Dhaka University (DU)—who have been protesting for disassociation of DU from seven colleges—have continued their demonstration while putting the academic, and the administrative buildings under lock for a second consecutive day, demanding cancellation of affiliation of the seven colleges with the DU.

The protesting students, on Monday, also boycotted all classes, and examinations demanding an end to the university's affiliation with the seven colleges, announcing that they will continue their protest until their demands are met by the university administration.

Meanwhile, Dhaka University Central Students Union (Ducsu) expressed their solidarity with the students’ demand, and called upon the protesting students to go back to classroom saying “In the absence of the vice-chancellor (VC), no effective decision can be taken on this issue right now. 

"Ducsu will take effective measures by holding discussions with the university administration, and Ministry of Education after the VC’s return from China with regard to this matter."

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Ducsu issued a press release, addressing this issue, at noon signed by the Vice-President (VP) Nurul Haque Nur,  and General Secretary (GS) Golam Rabbani, that also said, as elected representatives of students, Ducsu supports all rational demands made by the students. 

"Ducsu leaders have held a discussion on Sunday with university administration on this issue."

However, not commenting on the Ducsu press release regarding the issue, Shakil Miah, spokesperson of the movement, said that they would continue their protest until their demands are met.

He said: "We can only go back to our respective classrooms after the VC assures us that the decision of affiliating seven colleges under DU will be scrapped."

"We do not want the affiliation to happen as the university does not possess the capability to bear the burden of these seven colleges,".

Earlier, on Monday morning, the demonstrating students locked the main entrance of the Registrar building, Arts building, Curzon Hall, Mokarram Bhaban, Law faculty, Business faculty, Institute of Modern Languages, Institute of Education and Research, and Social Science buildings, from around 8am as part of their protest.

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Since 8am Monday, the protesting students took position at the main entrance of the academic buildings including arts and science faculties, and administrative buildings by locking all the gates of those buildings. 

Later, the protesters brought out processions blocking all roads in the campus, and took a position in front of the VC’s residence.

The students want the authorities to accede to their four-point demand, that also include publishing of all academic results within two months; automating certain administrative and academic activities; controlling external vehicles, and fixing rickshaw rent inside the university campus.

Meanwhile, the DU authority on Sunday said that university administration is going to take proper initiatives to solve the crisis over the seven affiliated colleges, and urged the protesting students to go back to their classes.

But, ignoring the assurance from authorities, the demonstrating students, on Sunday, announced the continuation of their movement, demanding cancellation of the affiliation, as the university authorities did not assure the scrapping of its ties with the colleges.

The seven 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.

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