'We want to utilize the merit of the youths for the development of the country'
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the newly-elected leaders of Dhaka University Central Students Union (Ducsu) to maintain peaceful atmosphere on the campus and help revive healthy politics in the country.
“We want the universities are run beautifully and for this, there must have proper (education) environment,” she said on Saturday.
She made the remarks while addressing the Ducsu and hall union leaders who called on her in the afternoon at the prime minister’s official residence, Ganabhaban, in Dhaka.
Hasina said: “We want to utilize the merit of the youths for the development of the country... We want to make their thinking more effective.”
Ducsu Vice-President-elect Nurul Haque Nur, General Secretary-elect Golam Rabbani and Assistant General Secretary-elect Saddam Hossain, Bangladesh Chhatra League President Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovan, who lost against Nur, and vice-presidents of 18 hall unions also addressed the function.
Chhatra League’s DU unit President and Chairman of the organization’s election conducting committee Sanjit Chandra Das delivered the welcome address.
The prime minister said the Ducsu polls, held on March 11, were arranged to build the future leadership of the country. “We wanted you to pursue politics without any hindrance and ensure emergence of a new leadership.”
“You have to think how much the polls were important to groom new leadership,” she told the new Ducsu leaders.
In this connection, Hasina expressed happiness over peaceful holding of the Ducsu elections. “No incident of terrorism and bomb blast took place centring the polls as strict instructions were given to the law enforcement agencies and university administration to ensure that.”
She said a healthy trend of politics will return in the country through the Ducsu polls. “It’s our job to restore such type of politics,” she added.
Talking about the session jam at the universities, she said there was a time when no classes took place after 2pm and the universities were plugged by session jams for six, seven and even eight years.
“But session jams are now over as we had a tough directive about it,” she said.
In the Ducsu and hall union polls, Chhatra League had won the full panel in most of the halls and secured 23 posts in the central union.
Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council-backed candidate Nur was elected Ducsu VP while the Awami League student wing nominated Golam Rabbani ejected general secretary.
Nur: I found my lost mother in PM
Addressing the program, Ducsu VP-elect Nurul Haque Nur said he found his mother, whom he lost at the age of two-and-a-half-years, in face of Prime Minister Hasina.
“Seeing her today, I kept looking at her for long. I lost my mother when I was two-and-a-half-year-old. I have a brother who was only one-year-old. At first I found my mother in the face of one of my primary school teachers. After seeing her (Sheikh Hasina) today from up close, I found my lost mother in her face,” he said.
Nur, who was the deputy secretary of human resources affairs at Chhatra League’s Haji Mohammed Mohsin Hall unit at DU, said: “I was a minor leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League and I had joined different programs of Chhatra League.”
He highly praised Bangladesh’s tremendous development under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina.
“Under her leadership, Bangladesh has become a role model of development in the world. Because of her leadership, she has taken her place among great leaders in the world... She is our loving leader,” Nur said.
Thanking the premier for inviting the Ducsu and hall union leaders to the Ganabhaban, he said: “She has set an example as the Ducsu election was held after 28 years during her government’s term. She has taken a risk as after post 1990 government did not want to take such a risk.”
He said: “The prime minister logically and sincerely thought that holding of Ducsu election is a right of students and it should be held (at regular interval).
“The election would not have been held, had she not extended her support to this end. We cannot deny this by any means.”
Nur said: “We, the elected leaders of Ducsu, will extend our cooperation to take ahead the ongoing development activities.”
Terming accommodation crisis as one of the major problems of DU, the Ducsu VP-elect urged the prime minister to give her kind attention in this regard.
“Probably a project of academic buildings and halls of Dhaka University will be placed in the Ecnec meeting in this month. We expect you to consider it,” he said.
“I also have some complaints to place before you as I got you. I don’t know when I will get to meet you again,” he added.
Nur said: “You are apprised of that an unexpected situation was created centring the quota reform movement. I think the lacking of those, who were given charge on the issue, led the matter to an unexpected situation.
“Because, we know you understand the pulse of youths. You have held seminars like “Let’s Talk” with youths. So, I think, proper message on the issue was not conveyed to you,” he added.
Nur said that propaganda was spread against him to make him appear as an activist of Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, during the quota reform movement last year.
“The prime minister has all information of my entire family. She would have noticed that each member of my family has Awami League background. I think because of the failure of the then Chhatra League, this unexpected thing took place,” he said.
“I think you would properly monitor such issues as there should not be any information gap,” Nur said addressing Hasina, who is also the president of ruling Awami League.