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Protests continue after halls open at JU

  • Published at 09:16 pm December 5th, 2019
Protest rally from the Murad Chattar close to the Arts and Humanities building on Jahangirnagar University campus on Thursday, December 5, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

In response to student requests to cancel the winter break, the administration has decided to schedule exams during this time

On the first day residential halls were opened since being vacated a month ago, some students and teachers of Jahangirnagar University (JU) have continued their protests demanding the resignation of Vice Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam.

A protest rally was brought out from the Murad Chattar close to the Arts and Humanities building on campus yesterday around 1pm. The rally paraded around several streets and administrative buildings until coming to a halt at Bottola.

Professor Anwarullah Bhuiyan, of the philosophy department, said: “Our peaceful protest was attacked by Chhatra League activists on November 5. I would like the government’s 'zero-tolerance' policy of the current government to take effect at JU also. We want to redeem our institution’s reputation with a sustained movement.

“A list showing all the acts of corruption of JU VC Prof Farzana Islam will be published on December 10,” announced the professor, the convener of the protest.

On November 5 the university shut down all academic activities and had  students vacate the dormitories after the situation spiralled out of control. A group of protesting students and teachers were attacked by leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s JU unit, outside the VC’s residence on campus, which the demonstrators laid siege to a day before.

Meanwhile, the opening of halls and resumption of academic activities at JU, comes as a relief to students concerned about the potential session jam.

In order to make up for lost time, students have asked the university administration to shorten the winter vacation or cancel it altogether.

“We have missed quite a few classes and exams since the university shut down for a month. We hope to make up the lost time with academic activities resuming soon.”

Professor Bashir Ahmed of the Government and Politics department, and president of the hall provosts’ committee, said it was not possible to cancel the winter vacation but students will sit for exams at that time. 

“Many faculty members have already made plans for the upcoming winter vacation and taken leave which cannot be cancelled now. But as exams can be regulated with a minimum number of faculty members present, we will schedule exams during the break,” he added.