Barisal University (BU) students have returned to classes on Monday, ending their seventh day of protest, after the university authorities assured to fulfill most of their 22-point demands.
These demands entail providing adequate student accommodations in classrooms and dorms, campus transportation, health and sanitation facilities, recreational facilities, common room and prayer room, among others.
Confirming the matter to the Dhaka Tribune, BU Public Relations Officer Faisal Ahmed Rumi said: “The students also demanded a reduction of their tuition fees in accordance with the facility costs of other public universities of the country.”
BU Vice-chancellor Prof SM Imamul Haque held a meeting with student representatives at the campus on Monday morning to negotiate their demands.
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On July 30, Prof Haque held a meeting with lawmakers, Awami League leaders, freedom fighters and cultural activists at the Barisal Circuit House to discuss the employment quota for freedom fighters Dhaka Tribune
The VC at the meeting made an announcement that if the student demands are “logical and financially viable,” they would be followed through.
Later, the protesting students decided to postpone their movement and go back to classes.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, Prof Haque held another meeting with lawmakers, Awami League leaders, freedom fighters and cultural activists at the Barisal Circuit House to discuss the employment quota for freedom fighters.
In that meeting, the VC assured that this quota would be executed as per the rule of the government as followed by other public universities.
The VC said: “With the help of the teachers, the students would be able to cover for the classes they could not attend due to the protest.”
Previously, BU students had locked down the main gate of the academic building and boycotted all classes and examinations to hold the protest rally in front of the administrative building on the BU campus since July 23.