Student politics allowed at Buet

Politics must be constructive

Published : 02 Apr 2024 09:53 PM

The High Court order has allowed student politics on Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) campus debarring the existing status where student politics was prohibited since October 11, 2019. The ban on student politics was imposed following the tragic murder of second-year student Abrar Fahad by a group of fellow students reportedly belonging to Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at the university’s Sher-e-Bangla Hall on October 7, 2019. 

On October 11 Buet authority banned all political organisations and their activities on the BUET campus. Since then BUET has started becoming a breeding ground for negative political activities and militancy as student politics was banned on the campus.  

That day there were no political activities on the BUET campus. And if any student is involved in politics, he would not have any right to stay on the campus.

The students motivated by the spirit of the War of Liberation had no activities on the campus. Seizing the opportunity of ban on student politics, opportunists turned BUET into a hub of militancy and dirty politics. 

Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal and Islami Chhatra Shibir student wings of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami (Jamaat) respectively and Hijbut Tahrir in a planned way sketched a blueprint to oust the students who carry the spirit of Liberation War or support the organisation that supported the Liberation War. 

As part of their blueprint, under the banner of general students, they staged demonstrations against students who believe in the spirit of the Liberation War. They also humiliated and tortured the pro-liberation forces on the campus in many ways.    

Therefore, the students were under pressure and did not feel safe on the campus only because they bear the spirit of Liberation War. We all want to see a democratic atmosphere prevailing in all educational institutions as the Bangali nation has a very glorious history of student politics in the country. 

We believe the right of students to do politics and express their opinions should be ensured in all campuses. Therefore, the drifting of ban on politics on BUET campus is a victory against the decision of the authorities. 

All want to see a 

democratic atmosphere 

prevailing in all 

educational institutions

It has been established again in the soil of our country that no decision against the Constitution can be implemented here. The court’s order has paved the way to ensure democratic and education-friendly atmosphere on the BUET. 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has zero tolerance for all forms of misconduct, injustice, and corruption. And her government did not show any leniency in the case of the killing of Abrar [Fahad] at BUET.

We hope the university authorities will be committed to upholding this principle. The BUET authorities in association with the intelligence agencies should investigate whether any banned organisation is involved in the protests at BUET.

Apart from Buet, all higher educational institutions in the country especially public and private universities and colleges should not be made hideouts of militants in the name of depoliticising the campus. There was always student politics in the Buet. 

Constructive and sane student politics could help meet the expectations of our young generation. And student politics is one of the platforms where they can raise their voice.

Our students played significant role at different crucial times including that of language movement. So, our students will have to be more conscious about society and politics in a bid to make the policymakers accountable.

Therefore, we think a proper education policy is a must to improve the present state of education at all levels. The authorities concerned must eliminate violence from educational institutions as campus violence ruins the future of our young generation who could be the potential leaders of the country.