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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Thousands throng DU campus for forms: Madrasah students continue movement

A group of Dhaka University students yesterday formed a human chain on the campus to press home their demand for withdrawal of conditions imposed on madrasah students in seeking admission in seven departments.
Around six hundred students under the banner of Madrasah Student`s Right Preservation Committee (MSRPC), took part in the human chain peacefully stretching from TSC area to Doyel Chhatar intersection at 10:00am. The peaceful protest did not disturb the admission seekers who came to buy forms in the TSC.
The participants in the human chain claimed that a section of the so-called progressive teachers are out to hinder the madrasah students from getting higher education.
Following their blue print, they put up new conditions for the madrasah students without the syndicate and deans committee approvals.
Mohammad Moniruzzaman, convener of MSRPC, urged the university authority not to discriminate between the madrasah and the general students.
Moniruzzaman, also a student of Political Science Department of the University, said the authority should give chance to every student to seek admission in all departments of the University according to their merit and through admission tests.
Almost 40 per cent students of Arts, Social Science and Law Faculties of the university have madrasah background and they are doing well in their respective departments, he said.
Public Administration Department Chairman Prof Kalimullah told journalists that he was unaware that the madrasah students had been barred from seeking admission in his department under the new rule.
Later, the department at an academic committee meeting took the decision not to follow the new rule in the Public Administration Department.
Prof Sadrul Amin, Dean of Arts Faculty and the President of Dhaka University Teachers Association (DUTA), said some departments placed the demand for exclusion of students not having Bengali and English with 200 marks each at the HSC or equivalent examinations at a Deans meeting but it was not approved. He said he did not support the exclusion on moral grounds.
Bangladesh Madrasah Chhatra Parishad, another platform of madrasah students, at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity yesterday, declared that they would wage a movement if their demand was not met.
Meanwhile, Islamic scholar and Vice Chairman of Islami Oikya Jote in a statement deplored the DU decision and demanded its immediate withdrawal.
Some 25 to 30 teachers belonging to the blue and pink panels under the banner of Dhaka University Teachers Association formed a human chain in front of Aparajeyo Bangla demanding punishment to those involved in vandalising the Vice Chancellor office on Saturday.
DUTA General Secretary Prof Anwar Hossain, Dean of Social Science Faculty Prof Harun-or-Rashid, Prof Arefin Siddique, Prof Muntasir Mamun and Prof S Aminul Islam, among others, took part in the human chain programme.

(The Daily New Nation-21.10.2008)

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