Students of the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) have abstained from attending classes and blocked the institution’s main entrance in continuation of their protest demanding reformation of the existing quota system in government jobs.
They gathered in front of the university’s main gate around 7am on Wednesday. About half an hour later, they were joined by female students carrying placards and posters.
No classes and examinations were held at SUST until 8am as the students boycotted them for an indefinite period in solidarity with the announcement made by anti-quota protesters.
None of the buses carrying students was allowed to enter the campus but the demonstrators said they had let in a teachers’ bus.
The protesters urged the government to accede to their five-point demand and sought an apology from Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury for dubbing the demonstrators “children of Razakars.”
They said they would continue to demonstrate until Matia apologized and the government reformed the system.
Currently, 56% government jobs are reserved for certain groups, a system considered to be discriminatory by job seekers.
SUST Vice-Chancellor Prof Farid Uddin Ahmed on Tuesday evening told reporters on campus that he, too, was in favour of revising the quota system.
Thousands of students took to the streets across Bangladesh after police charged them with batons and fired teargas shells to disperse protesters who had gathered at Shahbagh demanding the reformation of quota. More than 50 people were injured in Sunday’s police action.