VP Nur boycotts DU ‘flag hoisting day’ programme as ASM Rob not invited

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:42, Mar 03,2020 | Updated: 00:47, Mar 03,2020


Dhaka University vice-chancellor M Akhtaruzzman hoists the national flat of Bangladesh marking the Flag Hoisting Day on the university campus on Monday. — New Age photo

Dhaka University Central Students Union vice-president Nurul Haque Nur boycotted the university’s ‘flag hoisting day’ programme protesting against the authorities’ failure to invite the first hoister of the flag ASM Abdur Rob, who was then DUCSU VP.

Nur said the above while addressing a discussion organised by Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-JSD marking the March 2, 1971 when Rob, now JSD president, hoisted the national flag on DU campus for the first time.

Nur also handed over a flower bouquet to Rob during the programme.

New Age’s DU correspondent reported that though teachers, students and officials of Dhaka University on Monday celebrated the flag hoisting day on the campus, Nur did not attend the programme.

In a seminar marking the day, the discussants said that the then DUCSU leaders hoisted the flag on the campus for the first time but did not mention Rob’s name even for once.

Nur told New Age that he requested the authorities to invite Rob in the programme as he was still alive and DU was an autonomous institution.

He said that Rob was not invited to the programme as his political ideology and stand were different from those of the ruling party.

‘He should be given due honour. I boycotted the programme protesting against the omission,’ Nur said.

DU vice-chancellor professor Akhtaruzzaman said that he could not say anything regarding this and the progarmme management committee could make any comment on this either.

Arts faculty dean professor Abu Md Delwar Hossain said that many student leaders were present at that time and since it was not possible to invite everyone, they did not invite Rob.

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