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67 DU students to face lifetime expulsion, 22 temporary

Published : 14 Jan 2020 09:37 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 07:01 AM

The disciplinary council of Dhaka University has recommended life-time expulsion for its 67 students and temporary expulsion for 22 students on various charges. Of the 67 students, 63 have been recommended to be expelled over admission forgery and four for drug abuse and arms possession.

Of the 22 students recommended for temporary expulsion, 13 for being involved in mugging and nine for being involved with question leaking activities. The university authority has issued show cause notices seeking clarification over the allegations within seven working days.

The decision was taken at the council's meeting on Tuesday with Vice Chancellor (VC) Professor Md Akhtaruzzaman in the chair. DU proctor Professor AKM Golam Rabbani, also the member-secretary of the committee, confirmed the matter. He said, "An allegation of question leakage was brought against 87 students. Of them, 63 have been recommended to expel. The university syndicate will now take the final decision.”

 “They also helped others to follow illegal means to get admitted to the university and were involved in question leak, admission forgery,” the proctor added. “We won’t spare the frauds. It’s matter of the university’s reputation. Some days back, four residents attached to Haji Muhammad Mohsin Hall were expelled,” said the proctor.

He said, “According to Dhaka University law, permanently expelled students have no chance to appeal against the charge but temporarily expelled students can appeal. Temporarily expelled 13 students asked to show cause within seven working days.”  When asked about who leaked question papers, DU proctor Golam Rabbani on Tuesday said, “Three types of people involved with the fraudulence: some ambitious students, dishonest parents, some professionals of different section.”

He also said Dhaka University authority distributed the question papers just before the start of exam, among all the centers at the universities and nearby colleges. At that time, most probably, some dishonest people played role to leak the question paper. Otherwise, it might have been leaked from the press where it was printed.

The students were admitted to the university through fraudulence in the academic sessions 2012-13 to 2017-18. Moreover, 31 students were charged for different term for cheating in internal exam of the university. Earlier on 23 June, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) pressed two charge sheets against 87 students with the court out of 125.

“CID, Channel24, DU authorities jointly investigate into this matter and identify 125 students,” the proctor said. Earlier on August 6, 2019, the Dhaka University authorities suspended 69 students on charge of cheating in admission test. Later, the university authorities issued a show cause notice asking them to explain their positions over the allegation brought against them within seven days.

The explanations provided by the accused did not satisfy the authorities and finally they recommended expulsion of 63 students. Earlier, nine were expelled temporarily and 15 were expelled for life term, Golam Rabbani added. On October 23 last year, DU authorities suspended four students for drug abuse and possession of arms and also served them a show cause notice to explain why they should not be expelled. All of them are attached to Hazi Mohammad Mohsin residential hall.

The suspended students are Hasibur Rahman of Institute of Education and Research, Abu Bakar of the Philosophy department, Imran Hossain of the World Religion and Culture department, and Eftekharul Islam of the Pali and Buddhist Studies department.  They are also Bangladesh Chhatra League activists and were earlier expelled from the Chhatra League hall unit. 

 On October 8, Hasib and Bakar were held from Mohsin hall with yaba pills and arms while Imran escaped.  An arms case was later filed against the three. On April 20, 2019, two journalists were beaten up allegedly by BCL activists. Following the incident, Du authorities yesterday expelled two students for 6 months.