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Protest Against Politics On Campus

BUET students boycott Thursdays final tests

Protesters to boycott tomorrows exams too

Published : Friday, 19 April, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 83

Some 2,350 first and fourth-year students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) did not appear in the term final examinations reportedly held on Thursday as a part of their ongoing protest against the attempts made to reintroduce student politics on the campus.

It is learnt that the examinations of the first-year students of all departments were scheduled to begin at 9:00am which was supposed to continue until 12:00pm while the three-hour examinations of the fourth- year students were slotted to start at 2:00pm.

Not only the examination halls but also the entire campus looked deserted on the day.

Meanwhile, 99.37 per cent of the total second-year students of the university declined to sit for their final term examinations on Wednesday. Only about eight students out of 1,279 took part in the examinations.

Of them, five are involved in the politics of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).

Talking to The Daily Observer, protesters said the third-year students have also decided to boycott the examinations scheduled to be held on Saturday.

Students Welfare Director of the university Prof Mohammad Al Amin Siddik said nobody appeared in the examinations on Thursday.

"Students did not take part in the tests in the contexts of their several demands. The matter of their absence in the examinations will be discussed in the next Academic Council meeting," said Prof Amin.

BUET students unity and their iron-hard firmness on their demand to dismiss all attempts made to reintroduce politics on the campus shocked the student community.

The students are flooded with appreciation on social media specially on Facebook for their strong stance against student politics in the institution.

Following their move, many placed demand for ban on student politics in the country as it brought othing but loss of some fine brains of the country in various clashes.

Political activities in the BUET were banned in 2019 following the brutal murder of Abrar Fahad in a hall of the university by some BCL leaders and activists.

However, the university erupted in protest following an unauthorized entry into the campus of a group of BCL workers led by party President Saddam Hussain in the early hours on March 28.

BUET students found it a solemn attempt to reintroduce politics in full swing despite the authorities ban, resulting into boycott of all sorts of academic activities.

In the face of the students demand, the authorities scrapped the hall seat of Imtiaz Rabby for organizing the political gathering and formed an investigation committee.

On the contrary, BCL slammed the authorities prompt move and filed a writ petition to lift the ban on student politics on the BUET campus and return Rabbys seat to him.

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