HEC students shift demo from Nilkhet to campus

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 17 Mar 2017, 00:00:03

HEC students shift demo from Nilkhet to campus

FE Report

The students of Home Economics College (HEC) decided Thursday not to stage demonstration on the streets but to continue their movement on the campus, demanding the college to be declared as an institute of Dhaka University (DU).

They continued demonstration at the Nilkhet intersection in the capital from March 11 through Thursday, but announced shifting the venue to the college campus following an assurance by the government to consider their demand.

Earlier in the morning, the students came out from the college and staged demonstration at the intersection from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. At one stage, they went back to college after hearing the news of education minister's assurance.  

"We decided to continue our movement on the campus but not on the street as we see light at the end of the tunnel, following the assurance of the education minister," Israt, a student of the college, told the FE.

She said they would hold a rally on the campus tomorrow (Saturday).

Talking to the FE some agitated students said that they were expecting the government to consider their demand and upgrade the college into an institute of the DU.

Meanwhile, education minister Nurul Islam Nahid said it would not be possible to convert overnight the college into an institute under the DU.

"We have formed a committee and gathered information. Teachers hold a kind of views and the students have different ones. Is it possible to turn the college into an institute overnight? The issue is related to the university authority," he said.    

"The decision will be taken after considering the details. We have formed a committee, led by an additional secretary of the education ministry. The committee has gathered information. We will scrutinise the information and then take the decision," he added.

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