Students of seven colleges affiliated with Dhaka University on Tuesday blocked the Nilkhet intersection for more than four hours in support of their five-point charter of demands that includes publishing flawless results of all departmental examinations within 90 days of examinations.
Vehicular movement on busy Mirpur Road remained halted for four hours as hundreds of students from the colleges started demonstrating around 11:30am blocking the major intersection that caused a long tailback on Mirpur Road and was gradually spreading to adjacent areas.
Their other demands are mentioning cause of failure in all examination results, a dedicated administrative building for seven colleges, teachers from Dhaka University must take a class in every department at least two days in a month and publication of academic calendar along with crash programme to reduce session jam.
The seven affiliated colleges are — Dhaka College, Eden Mohila College, Government Shaheed Suhrawardy College, Kabi Nazrul Government College, Begum Badrunnesa Government Mohila College, Mirpur Government Bangla College and Government Titumir College.
Saikat Arif, a protester from Dhaka College, said their protest was peaceful and the authorities should listen to their just demands immediately.
He also claimed that after being affiliated with the Dhaka University, their normal academic process went sluggish.
Later, around 2:30pm, students withdrew the blockade also announced to resume their movement from Wednesday again.
Dhaka University vice-chancellor M Akhtaruzzaman said that they will take all necessary steps to resolve the issues of the students as the university was trying to overcome its limitation to handle such huge number of students.
Besides, three students of Dhaka College began fast unto death at the main gate of their college around noon to press home their demands.
They are Abu Noman, Bangla department student of 2015-16 sessions, Sakib, English department student of 2016-17 sessions and Saiful Islam of political science department of 2017-18 sessions.
The protesters said though they were in three separate sessions, they all are now studying in the second year due to the university’s problem.
They said that they would not go back home until their demands were met.
The students of the same colleges took to streets pressing almost the same demands in 2017 and 2018.
They went back to classes on assurance from the DU authorities as a student lost his eyes during police actions on the protesters in July 2017.
Earlier in February 2017, seven government colleges in Dhaka got affiliated with the university again after decades.
The re-affiliation followed a directive of the education ministry after prime minister Sheikh Hasina had earlier declared that all such old colleges would come under public university systems to enhance their quality of education.
As per the decision, all activities of theses colleges, including, admission process, holding of examinations and developing syllabuses should be conducted by DU.
There are about 1,67,236 students and 1,149 teachers in these colleges under their bachelors’ and masters’ programmes.
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