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Why unrest on campus during admission test ?

Students’ demo a plot to destroy academic activities

Published : 19 Sep 2019 09:06 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 05:31 PM

When students are getting prepared to sit for the honours first year admission test, a restive situation prevails on country’s top public university campuses. Authorities of some top level universities observed that a section of are plotting to destroy the academic activities in the name of ‘so called movement’.

They termed such violent activities during the first year honours admission for 2019-2020 academic session as an unethical and motivated one. Boycotting classes, students of Dhaka, Jahangirnagar, Islamic and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University (BSTU) continued staging demonstrations over various issues, affecting academic activities.

With the unrest situation, the admission seekers and their guardians have become worried over the admission process. The ‘Ka’ unit entry test for the first year admission for 2019-2020 academic session of Dhaka University (DU) will begin at 10am today (Friday) while ‘Kha’ unit admission test of Jagannath University will take place on the same day and same time.

On the other hand, Jahangirnagar University is going to hold its honours first year admission test for 2019-2020 academic session from September 23. However, Dr. A. K. M. Golam Rabbani, Proctor University of Dhaka, termed latest incident on campus a conspiracy against the university and students as well.

“It can’t be accepted. It can’t be tolerated. We are very worried over the activities of a section of students who are involved in creating chaos on campus. And they are doing this in a planned way only to destroy the image of the university,” he said. Referring to the first year honours admission test, he said when the university authorities are set to hold admission test today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) this group on Thursday announced that they would stage demonstration on the campus tomorrow.

“We are repeatedly requesting the students to refrain from all sorts of provocative activities as the university’s admission activities are progressing. And we even asked them to stop it for the sake of admission seekers. But they are not paying heed to our call.” Golam Rabbani said.

On Dhaka University campus, a group of students, protesting against corruption and illegal enrolment of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders and attacks launched on them, continued staging demonstration and taking out procession on campus. Ignoring university authorities’ request, on Thursday, they announce fresh programmes including staging demonstration and taking out procession on campus tomorrow.

And ‘Kha’ unit admission test of Dhaka University will take place on the same day on Saturday. The students were protesting against the ‘illegal enrolment’ of 34 BCL activists into the evening programme ahead of the Ducsu polls. On the other hand, the protesting students and teachers of Jahangirnagar University on Thursday demanded resignation of Vice-Chancellor Professor Farzana Islam within October 1 over her alleged involvement in corruption.

On Thursday over 20 teachers and a number of students brought out a procession and staged demonstration in front of the administrative building. Besides, Professor Farzana was declared unwanted on the campus during upcoming admission test. At the same time, the protesters declared a demonstration programme for Thursday.

Professor Raihan Rain, one of the protesting teachers, said Professor Farzana has no moral right to remain the VC of the university after serious allegations of corruption. As a result, a tense situation is prevailing on the campus. On Thursday, on BSTU campus in Gopalganj, students went on a ‘fast unto death’ demanding immediate resignation of its vice chancellor.

The vice chancellor of BSTU has become the latest VC of a public university to become embroiled in controversy, with allegations of irregularities and corruption surfacing, and ultimately facing calls to resign. They agitating students began hunger strike after a scuffle between a group of VC-backed students and the protesters.

The students alleged that VC Khondoker Md Nasiruddin is involved in various misdeeds including recruitment business, misappropriation of money and sexual harassment. On Islamic University campus, the former leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s Islamic University unit continued threatening the vice-chancellor saying they would shut down the campus unless the authorities take action against the university BCL unit general secretary Rakibul Islam Rakib.

A reported audio conversation between Rakib and an unidentified person went viral on social media Facebook where Rakib talked about recruiting a candidate as driver for the university.

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