|Published : 13 Mar 2017, 17:24:26|
Students of Home Economics College block New Market intersection
Students of College of Home Economics Monday blocked a key road in Dhaka to call for the recognition of their college as an institute of Dhaka University.
Hundreds of students started demonstrating around 10am blocking New Market intersection causing a traffic gridlock in and around the area, reports bdnews24.com.
Protesters say they will continue their agitations until their demand is met.
"When we raised the issue with the teachers nine months ago, they assured us moving the education ministry. But when we went to the ministry, we came to know the teachers did not discuss the matter with the officials," said Clothing and Textile Department second-year student Shoma to the agency.
On Sep 21 of last year a memorandum was submitted to the college’s principal, the Dhaka University administration and the education minister on the topic, said third-year student Israt Jahan.
On Oct 4, after a demonstration blocked the Nilkhet intersection in the capital, the education minister assured the protestors that their demand would be met. The education minister formed a panel led by the education secretary, but it is yet to release a report.
"It depends on the education minister, whether we will return to classes. The agitation will continue," she said.
College authorities said their attempts to negotiate with the students has not worked.
"We have asked them to demonstrate peacefully, to not cause public sufferings. But they are not listening," said Principal Fatema Suraiya.
Police said they were trying to remove the demonstrators.