Dhaka, Sept 18 (UNB) – Bangladesh General Students' Rights Protection Council, a platform that leads the quota reform movement, staged demonstrations at Dhaka University (DU), Rajshahi University (RU) and Jahangirnagar University (JU) on Tuesday, demanding the publication of gazette notification on quota reforms in public services as soon as possible.
Around 11 am, several hundred students from different educational institutions, including Dhaka University, Dhaka College and Eden College, brought out a procession from Doyel Chattar area on the DU campus and marched up to the foot of Aparajeya Bangla after parading Bangla Academy, Public Library and Dhaka University Central Library.
Later, the protesters held a rally at the foot of Aparajeya Bangla.
Addressing the rally, Hasan Al Mamun, convener of the council, said, “We’ll continue our movement until our three-point demand is met and we hope that the government will take immediate steps to withdraw the ‘false’ cases against students and publish the gazette notification on the quota reforms soon.”
He also said, "Never think that we are weak. Because history says that students never go back without realising their demands once they take to the street."
Nurul Haq Nur, joint convener of the platform, said, “We will go for tougher movement if our demands are not met immediately. We will also sit with all student organisations to fix the next course of action."
Meanwhile, a group of leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League under the banner of general students of Dhaka University brought out a procession on the campus welcoming the probe body’s recommendation to abolish the quota system in 1st class and 2nd class jobs in civil services.
Earlier on Monday, the body, formed by the government to review the existing quota system in public service, has recommended abolishing the quota system from 9th to 13th grades (1st class and 2nd class) of government jobs.
The quota reform activists staged demonstrations at the RU to press home their three-point demand.
They also brought out a protest rally from in front of Central Library on the campus. Their demands are: Immediate release of the activists, who were detained during the movement, from jail, punishment of the attackers involved in assaulting teachers and students and publication of the gazette notification on the quota reforms in the civil service in line with their earlier five-point demand.
Besides, the students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) staged demonstrations on the campus to press for the demand.
They brought out a protest rally from the central library premises around 12 noon.
Dhaka, Sept 18 (UNB) - A total of 70 Bangladeshi students have been selected for Australia Awards Scholarships for 2019, said the Australian High Commission to Bangladesh on Tuesday.
This year more than 600 Bangladeshis applied for the scholarships.
The selected awardees will commence their master’s level studies in Australian universities in February 2019.
The awardees will undertake degrees at several top Aussie universities in a range of fields including public finance, cyber security, environment, engineering, international trade and development.
Australian High Commissioner Julia Niblett said, “We were very impressed with the high standard of applicants; with respect to both their commitment to their studies and aspirations to continue to drive economic development in Bangladesh on their return.”
"We are pleased that 50 per cent of the awardees are female and 10 per cent of successful applicants in the 2019 intake are from indigenous communities,” she added.
Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships funded by the Australian Government.
They offer an opportunity for the next generation of global leaders to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia.
Australia has been offering scholarships in the region for almost 70 years and, specifically, to Bangladesh, since 1972.
Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) - Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council, a platform which leads the quota reform movement, on Monday announced to continue its protest until its demands are met.
Hasan Al Mamun, convener of the platform, came up with the announcement at a press conference held in front of the Dhaka University (DU) Central Library around 5pm.
The press conference was arranged soon after the body, formed by the government to review the existing quota system in public service, recommended abolishing the quota system from 9th to 13th grades (1st class and 2nd class) of government jobs.
“We submitted our report to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today (Monday). Our proposal is that there shouldn’t be quota in the public recruitment for 9th to13th grades, meaning previous 1st class and 2nd class jobs," Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said while briefing reporters at the Secretariat over the Cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office.
Talking about the freedom fighters’ quota, he said, “We’ve taken opinions of legal experts when they said it’s a policy decision of the government and there’s a court verdict which shouldn’t be disobeyed.”
Mamun said, “Our message is clear. We always wanted reforms of the quota system, not abolishment. But if the government wants to abolish the quota system, it can do it."
He urged the government to withdraw all ‘false’ cases filed against students, punish those assaulted students during the movement and publish the gazette notification on the quota reforms as soon as possible.
Announcing to hold a protest rally in the city on Tuesday, the platform convener said, "We won’t go back to classes unless our demands are met."
Omar Faruq, a joint convener of the platform, said they welcome the recommendations to abolish the quota system. “But we can’t be assured until the gazette is published.”
Some other leaders and supporters of the quota reform platform were present at the press conference.
Dhaka, Sep 17 (UNB) –The first year honours admission results of Dhaka University (DU) ‘Ga’ Unit under Business Studies Faculty for 2018-19 academic session has been published on Monday with 10.98 percent pass rate.
A total of 25,958 candidates appeared in the admission test against 1,250 seats under the unit. Of them only 2,850 students secured the pass marks.
A total of 23,002 students failed to obtain the minimum pass mark of 48 in the test.
DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman announced the results at the central admission office of the administrative building of the University at 11:00am.
The result is available on www.admission.eis.du.ac.bd
The successful students (Merit list 1 to 1275) have to fill up and submit the “choice form” on the website between September 19 to October 1.
Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) – The Dhaka University authorities filed a leave to appeal petition against a High Court order that asked the DU authorities to take necessary steps within the next six months to hold Ducsu election.
Madhu Maloti Chowdhury Barua, advocate-on-record, filed the appeal on behalf of the DU authorities on Sunday.
Earlier on September 12, a contempt of court plea was filed with the High Court against Dhaka University vice-chancellor professor Akhtaruzzaman, proctor AKM Golam Rabbani and treasurer Kamal Uddin for not taking steps to arrange election of the DU Central Students' Union (Ducsu) in compliance with its earlier directives.
Lawyer Manzill filed the petition on behalf of those who had filed a writ petition over the issue.
Earlier on 4 September, Manzill Murshid served a contempt of court notice to the DU vice-chancellor and two others seeing their explanation as to why they did not take steps to hold the Ducsu election.
Earlier on 17 January last, the HC asked the DU authorities to take necessary steps within the next six months to hold the election.
A writ petition was filed by 25 students of DU in March 2012 seeking its order to compel the authorities concerned to arrange the election.