Educational institutions are free to decide on student politics: Dipu Moni
Education Minister Dipu Moni on Monday said the educational institutions will decide whether to allow or not student politics on the campus. “The outcome of banning student politics in educational institutions is not usually good. This should also be considered,” she said. The minister was talking to reporters after attending a meeting on law and order situation during SSC and equivalent exams in the capital. Being involved in politics is a matter of an individual’s fundamental rights, said Dipu. Also read: Momen not accompanying PM in India: Dipu Moni questions media’s use of “dropped” “It is between a political party and an educational institute, what rule they made and what understanding they have regarding student politics. The education ministry does not decide nor intervene in these matters,” said the minister. “People have different opinions regarding allowing student politics in educational institutions but there is no alternative to political consciousness if we hope for a democratic society” Dipu added. Politics is a healthy and positive thing and this positivity has to be maintained during party politics in educational institutions, she said. On August 13, former students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) arranged a rally in its premises ahead of National Mourning Day under the banner of Bangladesh Chhatra league (BCL). Also read: SSC exams this year will start from 11am, duration 2 hours: Dipu Moni This raised a storm of debate as political activities in BUET campus has officially remained banned since the murder of student Abrar Fahad in 2019, by some then-leaders of BCl at Sher-e-Bangla Hall of the university.
JCD’s showdown in city amid corona outbreak
Amid the alarming spike in Covid cases, over a thousand Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders and activists staged a showdown in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan central office welcoming the new committees of its four units in Dhaka city. The JCD activists started gathering in front of the BNP office in small processions at 10am. They chanted slogans hailing the leaders made conveners and member secretaries of the new convening committees of JCD Dhaka south, north, east and west units. Read:JCD activists clash with police in capital, Mymensingh Later, the JCD leaders and activists brought out a procession towards Fakirerpool around 11:45am, forcing police to stop the vehicle movement on the road. After the procession, police did not allow the JCD activists to reassemble in front of the BNP office. Additional police personnel were deployed in front of the BNP office and its adjoining areas to maintain law and order centring the showdown by the leaders and activists of JCD, the student body of BNP. Many JCD men were seen joining the procession and the gathering without wearing masks. On July 14, JCD president Fazlur Rahman Khokon and general secretary Iqbal Hossain Shyamol announced the two-member committee of the organisation’s each unit of Dhaka city south, north, east and west. Read: DU: JCD activists, campus journo attacked by BCL Shah Alam (Pavel Sikder) was made convener and Niaz Mahmud (Niloy) member secretary of Dhaka south city unit while Jasim Sikder Rana, convener and Ruhul Amin Sohel member secretary of north unit Sheikh Khalid Hasan convener and Mohammad Al Amin member secretary of east unit and Mohsin Siddiqui Robi convener and Ashraful Islam Mamun member secretary of the west unit.
Student politics essential, says roundtable
Noting that student politics is imperative because of its significance, current and former student leaders of the country on Monday called for its continuation for the sake of the country’s betterment.
AL not in favour of student politics ban: Quader
Rajshahi, Oct 13 (UNB) – Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said Awami League does not back the idea of banning students politics but legal action will be taken if anyone commits any misdeed in the name of politics.