Protests continue as DU gives clean chit to BCL leaders

DU Correspondent | Published: 01:19, Sep 12,2019


Dhaka University students hold a rally on the campus to press for three demands, including expulsion of 34 students enrolled illegally. — New Age photo

Different organisations on Wednesday continued protests at Dhaka University accusing the university authorities of enrolling leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League in different courses without any admission test.

At least 34 leaders of the ruling Awami League’s student wing were enrolled in evening courses under business studies faculty to make them eligible for contesting the election to the university’s central students union.

Business faculty dean Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam, meanwhile, at a news conference on Tuesday claimed that students who completed bachelor’s or master’s from the university could be enrolled in the evening programmes without any written tests even no admission circular was needed to enrol them.

Shibli also claimed that the decision was taken by the Chairmen’s Committee and the interested students only need to face viva voce.

A number of former and incumbent deans of different faculties ruled out existence of such ‘strange rule’. They also said that any changes in admission rule must be approved by academic council and the syndicate of the university and the chairman’s committee had no jurisdiction regarding this.

Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam further said that evening programmes were the faculties’ own programmes and the faculties conduct the programmes and change rules on their own.

Shibli failed to provide any concrete evidence in support of his claim.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Students Right Protection Council, platform which cradled quota reform movement, Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal and Dhaka University Against Corruption, a platform comprising general students, and left student organisations in separate programme on Wednesday demanded resignation of the vice-chancellor and business studies faculty dean.

They alleged the duo was responsible for enrolling Chhatra League leaders violating rules.

They also demanded resignation of those eight Dhaka University Central Student Union leaders who illegally took admission to the university and contested the elections.

Bangladesh Students Right Protection Council formed human chain at Aparajeya Bangla on Wednesday morning and burnt effigy of the vice-chancellor and the dean at night. Jatiyatabadi Chatra Dal also brought out a procession on the campus.

Meanwhile, Transparency International Bangladesh in a statement on Wednesday expresses deep concern at such flaws and demanded neutral investigation into the incident.

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