For Md Asif Ali, it has been a saga of loss, sadness and success. Asif, undaunted by extreme poverty caused by his father’s desertion and then the death of the grandfather, has pursued his dream of higher studies. Today, he has turned from a vegetable seller to a student of Jagannath University thanks to his determination and had work. Talking to UNB this week Asif narrated how the wonder happened and how the humble boy from Swarupnagar village in Puthia Upazila of Rajshahi made it to a premier university of the country. Asif was in class three when his wife-beating father left home one day leaving his grandfather as the only breadwinner of the family. By breaking bricks the old man somehow managed to feed the family. But life had more miseries planned for Asif as his grandfather died two years later. Then a student of class five, Asif learned to endure the horrific pain of hunger when his mother couldn’t earn the daily meal for the family even after buying a goat with borrowed money. “My grandmother tried to help by working in other people’s vegetable fields but what she got at the end of the day was not even enough for one meal,” said Asif. By the time Asif was in class six, he got a job in a hotel on condition of free meals and Tk 5 to 10 per day as wages. “We could buy 30 kg of rice per month with Tk 300 through the government's VGF (Vulnerable Group Feeding) card but still didn’t have enough to buy something to eat with the rice. There were days we had only a pinch of salt with rice, unable to buy vegetables.” Asif recalled the days when he used to stand for hours in front of the neighbours, houses in hope they would offer him something good to eat. While in class seven he started working at a distant uncle’s vegetable shop at Mahendra Bazar. There he had to work for the whole day on Sunday and Wednesday, the two busiest days of Bazar by dodging classes. “I accepted the condition as for those two days they paid me Tk 100 and some vegetables to take home for the family. My mother used to run the family through my earnings and rearing goats,” said Asif. Every morning a Rajshahi University bus used to stop for the students at Mahendra Bazar. Seeing the respect and honour they got as university students from the locals, teenaged Asif’ was moved. In 2018, for the first time Asif crossed the 2.1 km path from where he worked to the Rajshahi University to visit the campus to watch the celebration “Pahela Baishakh.” Mesmerised by everything he saw on the campus Asif’s daydream of getting higher education turned into a strong determination. That year Asif passed SSC exam from Bharuapara High School obtaining GPA 4.89 and with scholarship ranking 251 in Rajshahi Education Board. He also got a chance at Rajshahi University School and College situated in Rajshahi University. At that turning point of his life Asif remembered gratefully how his shop owner uncle, a lady teacher of the high school, his maternal uncle and a local brother made sure he got admitted by managing the fees and uniform for him. “From there I started nurturing my dream and learned there is no alternative to studies for me. On the two weekdays I used to work in others’ fields,” he said. Also read: Farming pigeons brings Afzal a fortune
Police have recovered two bodies from Hatirjheel and Mugda area in the city. The body of Md Mehebullah Tousif, 21-year-old student, was found hanging from a ceiling at a five-story building at Mohanagar project in Hatirjheel around 11 pm on Tuesday. Read:Off-duty constable’s hanging body recovered from Magura playground Son of Md Mezbah Uddin of Patuakhali district Tousif was preparing for admission into a Jagannath University in Dhaka. Md Nazrul Islam, sub-inspector of Hatirjheel Police Station, said Tousif came to Dhaka a week ago to get himself admitted into Jagannath University. He said the reason behind the suspected suicide will be known after autopsy. Also on Tuesday, the body of rickshaw puller Md Masum was found in a tin-shed house in Manda of Mugda. Read: Medical student’s hanging body found in Dhaka Sub-Inspector (SI) of Mugda Police Station Ali Ahmed said the body was hanging from the ceiling with a scarf tied around the neck. The bodies were sent to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital morgue for autopsies.
The application process for cluster admission tests at 20 universities for the 2020-21 academic year begins on April 1. It will continue until April 15, according to a notification signed by Jagannath University Registrar and member secretary of the integrated admission committee engineer Md Ohiduzzaman on Wednesday. Students who meet the minimum qualifications will be allowed to apply. Read Now, UGC proposes cluster admission test Those who have passed HSC/Alim and equivalent examinations in 2019 or 2020 can apply. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 8 for studying Science subjects, a minimum GPA of 7.5 for Commerce and a minimum GPA of 7 for Humanities. However, the aspirants must also have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in both SSC and HSC examinations. Also read: Cluster admission tests: Applications from April 1-15; tests from June 19 Only for this year, students who have passed HSC in 2019 and 2020 will be able to participate in the admission test because of the Coronavirus outbreak. From next year, students will only be allowed to sit entry tests the same year they pass HSC. Students won't have to pay any fee for the initial application for the cluster tests. After initial scrutiny, students who are eligible for admission tests will be informed through SMS on April 23. Also read: Cluster admission test: DU students against any change Initially selected students have to file the final application between April 24 and May 20 by depositing Tk 500 through mobile banking services. Applicants can download the admit cards from June 1 to June 10. Detailed admission test-related information will be published in national dailies and at www.gstadmission.ac.bd. Entry tests will start at 12pm at respective venues. A student can select five centres. Students who passed in 2019 and got into universities will not be able to choose the educational institutions they are currently studying at as centres for the test. Read DU admission-seekers demand reinstatement of previous GPA system
Police have pressed charges against nine members of Ansar al-Islam, a militant organization popularly known as Ansarullah Bangla team, in a case filed over the murder of blogger Nazim Uddin in Old Dhaka in 2016.
A student of Jagannath University (JnU) died of stroke at Auria village in Nesarabad upazila of Pirojpur early Friday. The deceased was identified as Sabit Hasan Masum, a Master’s student of Statistics department of the university. Masum suffered a stroke at his residence around 4am, his relatives said.
President Abdul Hamid on Saturday urged the Vice-Chancellors of public universities to perform their duties with dedication and honesty and stay away from corruption and irregularities.