Students take to streets again with 11-point demand

02 December 2021
Students take to streets again with 11-point demand

Students of different educational institutions in the capital blocked streets on Wednesday demanding half-fare for all students across the country. The photo was taken from Rampura area in the city. NN photo

Staff Reporter :
The students of schools and colleges  urged the government  to award  punishment to those who were involved with the killing of students namely Naeem Hasan and Mainuddin on the issue of safe roads and bus half fare.
Accordingly hundreds of students took part in a protest  meting near the Rampura Bridge the capital on Wednesday.
The students from Dhaka Ideal School and College, Dhaka Imperial College, Ekramunnesa School and College and few moe colleges gathered together to  all the government for materialisation of their 11 points.
In this connection, Rafiqul Islam, Officer-in-charge of Rampura Police Station, said they heard that students took to the street. Adequate police members had been mobilized  to check the untoward situation.
Around 11:30am  on Wednesday, Khilgaon Model College student Sohagi Samia and Dhaka Imperial College student Nadimur Rahman Jewel raised these demands on behalf of the agitating students.
Their demands are:
1. All those guilty for the deaths of Nayeem and Mainuddin must be brought to justice. Families of the victims must be compensated. Footbridges will have to be constructed for pedestrian crossing in the area adjacent to Gulistan and Rampura bridges.
2. Half fare passes for students must be assured with official notification and must be applicable in all the public transports all over the country, throughout the appeared more significant as it coincided with Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Birth Centenary and Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Bangladesh's Independence.
The President, who is also the chancellor of the university, said the course of time expanded Dhaka University's academic activities and infrastructures while simultaneously it must enhance the education quality so its students could achieve the international standard in their respective fields.
President Hamid, addressed the function virtually platform while parliamentary Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, Education Minister  Dipu Moni, Foreign Minister Dr  AK Abdul Mome and University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Professor Dr Kazi Shahidullah were among those who took part at the inauguration.
Vice Chancellor Professor Dr  Md  Akhtaruzzaman moderated the event.
The President asked as well the authorities of other universities and higher educational institutions to enhance the quality of education and boost the ability of students, considering the demand and requirements of the national and international job markets.
  He said Bangladesh recently graduated to a developing country from the list of least developed nations which undoubtedly was a good news but there was no scope for self-complacency as the ongoing fourth industrial revolution and the upcoming the fifth one exposed the country and particularly the higher education sector to newer challenges.
  President Abdul Hamid said one of prime considerations of the education today was to address the digital divide and graduation from "capital and labour-dependent" economy to "knowledge-based" economy to minimize an existing gap with the developed world.
He said it appeared imperative to create skilled and talented manpower capable to cope with the demand of time to materialize the "Vision 2041" under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's dynamic leadership.
  "I hope Dhaka University will play a leading role in this journey," the University Chancellor said.
  Referring to the tremendous success of spreading the information technology (IT) globally, he said the students need to be developed in such a way so that they can successfully advance in all branches of knowledge and science, including IT.
   "As the number of Dhaka University students has increased over time, so the scope of its infrastructure and educational activities have also expanded . . . Competition has also become internationalized for the benefit of modern science and IT also," he added.
   Therefore, President Abdul Hamid said a student has to attain international standards as well as get a degree.
   He also urged the university authorities to take into account in maintaining the world standard in setting in time-befitting curriculum and teaching method.
   "The Fourth Industrial Revolution is moving forward . . . We have to prepare for the upcoming Fifth Industrial Revolution by taking advantage of the opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the President said adding that the universities need to play a pioneering role in this regard.
   Mentioning that parents, guardians, the country and its people have sufficient investment for the students, he said the students need to be able to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of family, country and people.
   The President urged all concerned to consider the necessity of higher education in the developing world at the present century, the digital division created by globalization and IT, bridging the gap between developed and developing world, and transition the capital and labor-dependent economy into knowledge-based economy.
   In this situation, Abdul Hamid said, the university's aim should be to combine individual and collective consciousness with cosmology.
   Terming the DU as a shining beacon of education, culture, history-tradition, research-innovation, free-thinking practice, progressive thinking, nation-building and patriotism, the President said it (DU) is a unique simple of hope and aspiration for Bangalees.
   President Abdul Hamid said the university started its official journey on July 1, 1921 based on 'the Dhaka University Act 1920', on the recommendation of the Calcutta University Commission constituted in 1918.
   The historical journey of the DU, started with 877 students in 12 departments and now as many as 36 thousand students are studying in 84 departments, he mentioned.
   Noting that the DU is the birthplace of various democratic movements including the 1952 Language Movement and the 1971 Freedom Struggle, women's empowerment and free-thinking practices, Abdul Hamid said the Dhaka University is a glorious institution of non-communal and unique features.
   "Even though the university started with two female students, now this number rose over 40 percent . . . It is a huge achievement for the empowerment of women in the country," the President said.
   Referring to the contribution of Dhaka University in the 1952 Language Movement, Abdul Hamid said Ekushey February is being celebrated internationally today as Mother Language Day to preserve the language and culture of all nationalities across the world.
   About country's graduation to a developing country from a least developed country (LDC), the head of the state said, "It is undoubtedly a good news . . . But we have to start work from now on to materialize the vision 2041 in days to come."
   At the very outset of the address, the President paid rich tribute to country's founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, heroic martyrs who sacrificed their lives in Liberation War, Liberation War organizers-supporters, foreign friends, war wounded and family members.
   The President also paid deep respects to the teachers, students, officials and employees of Dhaka University who had faced martyrdom in different democratic movements, including the Great War of Liberation War.   
   Parliament Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, MP, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, MP, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, MP, University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Dr Kazi Shahidullah, DU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, Pro-VC Chancellor (administration) Prof Dr Muhammad Samad, Prof Dr ASM Maksud Kamal and Dhaka University Alumni Association (DUAA) president, AK Azad, among others, spoke there.

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