Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) - Bangladesh general students’ rights protection council, a platform that leads the quota reform movement, on Sunday demanded reformation of quota system in civil services in the light of their five-point demand.
Hasan Al Mamun, convener of the platform, announced their demand at a press conference held in front of Dhaka University (DU) central library at 11.30 am.
The move came at a time when the government just recent published gazette abolishing the quota system from 9th to 13th grades (1st class and 2nd class) of government jobs.
The students’ rights protection council’s five point demands include: reducing the quota from 56 per cent to 10 per cent, filling in the vacant positions from the merit list if eligible candidate is not found from the quota, and limiting the use of quota privilege.
Hasan Al Mamun said, “Our message is clear. We always want reformation of quota system, not its abolishment. But the government abolished all quotas for 1st and 2nd class jobs. We want the reformation of quota in all public service jobs, not only in 1st and 2nd classes. If the government wants to abolish quota system they can do it."
He said, "We think some quotas are required for indigenous, physically disabled and underprivileged freedom fighters."
Mamun also demanded withdrawal of cases filed against students for waging quota movement.
"All fake cases against the students must be withdrawn and the attackers who assaulted the students during the movement should be punished," demanded Mamun.
Faruk Hossain, a joint convener of the platform, said, “We take the government decision positively. But we are not satisfied; because we always wanted quota reformation not its abolishment."
Some other leaders including its joint conveners Nurul Huq Nur, Rashed Khan, Mashiur Rahman were present in press briefing.
Islamic University, Oct 6 (UNB) – A seminar titled ‘Arsenic in Coconut Water’ was held at Islamic University campus in Kushtia on Saturday.
IU Environmental Science and Geography department organised the seminar at the second Science Faculty building in the campus.
IU Vice-chancellor Professor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari addressed the seminar as the chief guest while Dr M Mahmudul-Hoque, additional secretary of Secondary Higher Education division of the Ministry of Education, delivered the key-note speech with organizing department’s chairman Professor SM Mustafa Kamal in the chair.
Among others, IU Pro-VC Professor M Shahinoor Rahman and Treasurer Professor M Selim Toha spoke as the special guests.
While addressing the seminar, the speakers shed lights on arsenic in coconut water and discuss the ways to recover from the problem.
Environmental Science and Geography departmental lecturer Iffat Ara conducted the seminar while IU Proctor Professor M Mahbubar Rahman along with teachers and students from different departments took part in the seminar.
Dhaka, Oct 6 (UNB) - President Abdul Hamid on Saturday urged all political parties to promote the people in politics who have an early orientation in politics as it is inappropriate to become a politician overnight.
"I did politics for so many years but if I want to be an assistant professor of Dhaka University today, I cannot. Many government bureaucrats, army officers, doctors, engineers want to get involved in politics after their retirement… but why? Now, all political parties should think about it seriously,” he said.
The President was delivering speech at the 51st convocation of Dhaka University (DU) at its campus.
Abdul Hamid said, “If you want to join politics, you should get involved in politics on completion of your education, without entering any other job. This is not right to become a politician overnight without early orientation.”
The President went on saying, "Those who are politically motivated since the early stage, they should be given the opportunity to do politics. There has been no qualitative change in politics as professionals are making direct entry into politics.”
“Experts are needed. So, political parties can invite professionals as experts, but shouldn’t invite them for direct engagement in politics. There’s no problem if anyone enters politics directly without taking up any job,” he said.
Abdul Hamid also spoke about the election to Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu) saying, “When there’s a schedule (for election), there’ll be many calculations. Many can create many problems for making their personal gains. Students shouldn’t be deprived of their election for all these reasons.”
The President said the university will have to be quick about this so that no one can interfere in the Ducsu election.”
He urged the students to be united in resisting such interference stemming from personal interests.
Dhaka, Oct 6 (UNB) - President Abdul Hamid on Saturday urged the students to play a strong role in nation-building activities as the struggle to build the country is yet to be completed.
“The struggle for freedom has ended but the struggle to build the country has not…the country has not been completely freed from exploitation, deprivation, hunger and illiteracy. The pledge to build a society based on justice and equity is yet to be achieved. So, the young generation, especially the fresh graduates, have to lead the nation-building works from the front,“ he said.
The President said this in his speech at the 51st convocation programme of Dhaka University held at its central playground.
Referring to a statement of the Father of the Nation on the 30th January of 1972 at a ceremony, the President said Bangabandhu mentioned that the struggle to build the country is more difficult than the struggle for liberating the country.
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“So, we must engage all of our strength to build the country. Today's youths, I think, will play their respective roles in building the country,” he said adding,
“You’re the future of the nation. The country will be prosperous under your leadership. You have to lead an ideal life. So, don’t compromise with justice. Always keep your conscience awake.”
He said there is a big difference between the current student politics and that of the 60s. Student movements of that time were based on ideals. There was no personal or group interest. The main goal was to liberate the country from the chain of dependence. “With that ideology, we liberated the country in 1971 under the leadership of the Father of the Nation.”
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“Wherever you live in the world for life and livelihood, don’t forget the beloved motherland, don’t forget the people who had scarified their lives for liberating the country,” Hamid said.
He said the public universities are giving degrees on different subjects in an unplanned way in the name of diploma and evening courses. “We need to think whether such practice is hampering the normal academic atmosphere alongside the tradition of the universities.”
“University authorities, I think, will rethink about it in the interest of regular students. It should be kept in mind that it’s people who pay for the public universities. Therefore, you’ll have to give priority to their interests,” he added.
“The contribution of this university (DU) in the movement for the development of Bengali nationalism, language movement, struggle for independence, Liberation War and democracy along with higher education and knowledge is unparalleled and unique. After the country’s independence, the responsibility of building the country was largely bestowed upon this university. Therefore, the university always plays the role of leader in fulfilling the aspirations of the nation,” he said.
Mentioning that fruitful participation in creating world-class skilled human resources, innovative thoughts, research and innovation as the key challenges for universities now, the President said Dhaka University is very successful in tackling those challenges despite various adversities.
Praisingthe graduates of the university, the President said the graduates of this university are playing leading roles in different fields of the country and have been contributing to the international arena, too.
The expectation of people from this university in facing the challenges of globalisation and ensuring the rapid development of the countryis very high, he said adding,“All the possible steps should be taken for the overall development of Dhaka University for the national interest and development.”
He said, “The expansion of the important departments should be done keeping the quality unhurt considering the demand of the country and labour market of the world.”
National Professor Anisuzzaman delivered his speech as the Convocation Speaker in the 51st convocation.
A total of 21,111 students registered for the 51st convocation which is the record registration for a single convocation of the University.
Rajshahi University, Oct 05 (UNB) – Three students of Rajshahi University were sent to jail for their alleged involvement with Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, on Friday.
They are Ahsan Habib, Jonan Hossain and Towhidur Rahman, all final year students of Islamic Studies department, said Md Shahadat Hossain Khan, officer-in-charge of Motihar Police Station.
Rajshahi Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Nurul Alam Muhammad Nipu passed the order after the trio was produced before it in a case on charges of planning to carry out subversive activities, said the OC.
Earlier on Thursday night, Motihar police detained the trio from Binodpura area of the city, adjacent to the university campus, while they were holding a secret meeting in order to carry out subversive activities ahead of the national election, the OC claimed.