Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB)- Protests demanding cancellation of the Dhaka University ‘Gha’ unit – the Faculty of Social Science - admission test held on October 12, in the face of allegations of question paper leak, continued Sunday.
The protesters are demanding the test for the 2018-19 academic session be retaken.
They also demanded the resignation of Professor Sadeka Halim, dean of the university’s Social Science faculty dean and coordinator of the unit for her failure to protect the integrity of the admission process by ensuring there was no leak.
Students from different departments came up with these demands at a rally under the banner of ‘Dhaka University Against Question Leak’ held in front of the famous Raju Memorial Sculpture on the university campus.
Expressing solidarity with the protesters, Professor Asif Nazrul of the DU Law Department said: "The authorities acknowledged that the question-paper of ‘Gha’ unit test was leaked, yet they refuse to cancel and retake the exam.”
Demanding the test be held anew, he too urged the university authority to remove Sadeka Halim from her post and replace her with someone who could handle the responsibility and while taking stern action to wipe out the circle of fraudsters involved in the leak.
Left-leaning Chhatra Union central president Jilani Shuvo, and Chhatra Federation central president Golam Mostofa and general secretary Nasiruddin Prince also addressed the rally.
Meanwhile, DU on Sunday declared they will take ‘strong action’ if a review of the admission process revealed its integrity had been compromised.
The review however will be carried out by Prof Sadeka Halim, a decision not likely to sit well with the protesters.
According to an ambiguous press release by DU on Sunday, Prof Sadeka is empowered to take “necessary steps” to remedy the situation, but if any “greater decision” was required – presumably cancellation followed by re-examination - the university authority would act upon receiving such recommendation from her.
Students who sat for the test and their guardians have said the question paper was leaked “minutes” before the exam.
According to an anonymous source, 14 images of handwritten questions for the entry test were spread on social media around 9:17 am on the day, 43 minutes before the exam. The questions matched around 70 percent of those that appeared in the exam.