Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) - Leaders and activists of Bangladesh General Students Rights Protection Council, a platform that spearheads the quota reform movement, on Wednesday brought out a rally on the Dhaka University campus demanding immediate publication of a gazette notification on quota system.
Nurul Haq Nur, a joint convener of the Council, said, "Five months have elapsed since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced the abolition of quota system in parliament. But still we don't see any sign of publication of the gazette notification.”
He further said, “We never wanted the abolition of quota system in government jobs, we demanded a reform in the light of our five-point demand.”
Nur urged the government to publish the gazette notification as soon as possible, withdraw false cases against the students and ensure exemplary punishment to attackers.
They brought out the rally from the DU Central Library that ended at Raju Memorial Sculpture after parading different points of the campus.
In April, students of public and private universities across the country waged a strong movement demanding reforms in the quota system in public service recruitment process.
In the face of the movement, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced in parliament on April 11 the abolition of all types of quotas in government jobs.
But no gazette notification has so far been issued regarding the abolishment of the quota system as per the Prime Minister’s declaration.
Dhaka, Sep 12 (UNB) - Teachers and employees of non-government educational institutions on Wednesday threatened to wage movement again if their demands including nationalization of their institutes are not met immediately.
Bangladesh Non-Government Teachers’ and Employees’ Forum came up with the threat at a press conference at Jaiya Press Club on Wednesday morning.
Their demands include nationalsation of non-government educational institutions, five percent annual increment and festival allowance for the Bengali New Year.
Md Saidul Hasan Selim, president of the organization, said the organisation called off their 20-day demonstrations and hunger strike programme on January 29 following the prime minister’s assurance of meeting their demands.
“The Prime Minister assured us that our demand will be fulfilled, but still there was no announcement in this regard,” he said.
The leader announced that they will observe half-day work abstention from September 23 to September 25 and on September 27, in every district and upazila headquarters.
Among others, general secretary of the organisation Md Abdul Khalek addressed the programme.
Jahangirnagar University, Sept 11 (UNB) - A two-day inter-department cultural competition begins at Jahangirnagar University on Wednesday.
Jahangirnagar Theatre, a drama-based cultural organisation of the university, is organising the competition, said its General Secretary Dipankar Dip on Tuesday.
“Students of all departments of the university will be able to take part in the competition. There will be events like dance, drama, recitation and song at the competition,” he said.
The competition will end on Thursday through an awards ceremony among the winners, Dip added.
Dhaka, Sept 11 (UNB) – President Abdul Hamid asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to play an active role to ensure the accountability of all the universities as well as the quality of education.
The President made the call at the ‘UGC Gold Medal’ distribution ceremony at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the capital on Tuesday.
“Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman took the breakthrough decision of establishing the Commission to promote higher education across the country. The number of public and private universities in the country has now reached at 150 with more than 39 lakh students enrolled there. Considering the number of students at the university level, Bangladesh has now achieved fourth place in the world after China, India and Indonesia,” said the President.
“This is a huge achievement,” he further said.
Praising the government initiatives, he said, “The field of higher education in the country is now broader than the previous times. I think this was achieved for the time-befitting education policy with far-reaching plans and implementation of these on time,” said the President.
“However, we have to put more emphasis on not only in numbers but also on higher education so that our students can progress successfully in the global competition and ensure their place,” he said.
Stressing on the strong evaluation and supervision at every level of higher education, Abdul Hamid said, “The number of educational institutions in both the public and private sectors has been increased in terms of time and demand.”
Hamid said the role of the private universities for increasing the sphere of higher education is really praiseworthy. “But commercialization in name of education will not be accepted,” he said.
Stressing on the extracurricular activities, the President said, “We need an education system which will create enlightened and creative-minded people who will be able to promote the ideals of liberation war and patriotism.”
A total of thirty-five academics received the ‘UGC Gold Medal’ for their fundamental research works and publications.
Among them, 18 teachers were given the award for the year 2016 and 17 for 2017. Each of the selected teachers got Tk 50,000 for their books and Tk 30,000 for their articles as honorarium along with a certificate and a gold medal.
University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh Chairman, Professor Abdul Mannan, presided over the ceremony with UGC Member Professor Dr Dil Afroza Begum delivering the address of welcome.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid was present as the special guest.
Earlier in August 2018, the UGC changed the name of the UGC Award as UGC Gold Medal.
Dhaka, Sept 11 (UNB) – Quota movement activists on Tuesday demanded the government to publish the gazette notification on quota reform before the publication of the circular of 40th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination.
Bin Yeamin Mollah, joint convener of Bangladesh General Students' Rights Protection Council raised the demand at a press briefing held in front of Dhaka University Central Library around 11 am.
Two hours later, however, Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC) published the 40th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) circular seeking applications against 1903 vacant posts.
At the press briefing, quota reform activists said five months have been elapsed since the Prime Minister had made a specific announcement over the quota issue but “no steps have been taken yet and the students are anguished over it.”
“The deadline for issuing gazette notification was August 31 and the Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has asked the students to keep patience but now ten days have passed by and we did not see any activities of the administration in this regard,” said Yeamin Mollah alleging that “False and fabricated cases have been filed against the protesters which is a matter of regret and they were tortured in the name of remand though the central leaders have secured bail following the students’ movement.”
He also urged the government to issue the gazette before the publication of the BCS circular without any delay.
He also demanded withdrawal of all ‘false’ and ‘baseless’ cases against the quota reform activists and leaders, ensure punishment of the attackers and ensure logical reform of quota under the light of five-point demand.