Home Economics students vow to continue agitation

Dhaka,  Fri,  22 September 2017
Published : 13 Mar 2017, 23:42:13

Home Economics students vow to continue agitation

FE Report

Students of Home Economics College on Monday vowed to continue their agitation until the demand for recognition of the college as an institute of Dhaka University is met.

To press home their demand, they staged a demonstration at the city's New Market intersection blocking it for nearly two hours from 10:45 am, creating traffic congestion on the roads in the area.

Vehicular movement remained suspended on the streets of Dhaka University campus, Nilkhet, Azimpur, Kantaban, Science Lab and Elephant Road areas. Commuters were seen walking to their destinations due to nagging traffic jam.

Police from Lalbagh and New Market Police Stations rushed to the spot to fend off any untoward incidents there.

Officer-in-charge (OC) of New Market Police Station Md Atikur Rahman said police were deployed in the area to ward off untoward incidents. "Policewomen from the reserve unit also came to the spot," he added.

Hundreds of protesters carrying placards took to the streets at New Market intersection and chanted slogans against the authority.

Ashrafi Toma, a student of the college, said they have been calling on the authority for eight years to meet their demand.

"Now we have no alternative but to take to the streets since the college authority is not paying any heed to our demand," she added.

One of the organisers and Dhaka metropolitan unit vice president of Bangladesh Student Federation Israt Jahan told the FE that they will continue their agitation today (Tuesday) and announce tougher programmes after discussion with representatives of various departments under the college.

"We will stage demo at New Market intersection at 10:00 am on Tuesday."

She added: "We will continue staging protests along with other programmes until we get assurance from the authority concerned."

The girls ended their demo around 1:30 pm after Lalbagh Zone Police Deputy Commissioner Md Ibrahim and teachers' representatives assured them of conveying their message to the education ministry.

Acting principal of the college Prof Fatima Suriya told the FE that they assured the students of conveying their message to the education minister.

"A committee has already been formed in this regard. The committee is expected to submit its report to the ministry soon."

The principal also said the academic activities are being hampered seriously due to demonstrations being staged by the college students.

"An examination for the first year students has already been postponed due to movement," she said.

The students of Home Economics College have been staging demo for a couple of years to press home their demand. They also organised various programmes earlier. They blocked the New Market intersection on Saturday too.

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