Dhaka University students pay ‘ex

শনিবার, ১০ ডিসেম্বর ২০১৬

10 December 2016 “But do they have an alternative? Is there any space to express dissent? I tell you there isn’t,” the student leader said.“The university authority speaks of ‘student paying willingly'.” said the president of leftist body Bangladesh Chhatra Union's DU unit Tuhin Kanti Das.
The Deans Committee approves the additional fees after checking what the departments seek to achieve and on the recommendations of the Coordination and Development Committee, he said.
But different departments charge different development fees according to their objectives. And students are willing to give money for the good of their department. They do not want to miss out on facilities.”
Asked about the matter, Vice Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique told bdnews24.com: “Yes, if you just consider admission and tuition, it’s true that these are additional fees.
It has been found that the university has also charged students additional fees for evening courses.
A bdnews24.com investigation has found that students have been charged between Tk 2,300 and Tk 14,760 in the first year of the 2016-2017 Academic Session as development fees.
Student bodies, including the Leftist ones, describe the development fees as ‘illegal’ and say protests against them have not been able to reverse the university's decision.
University authorities justify it as necessary to meet the needs of the departments and say it had been imposed after the Deans Committee's cleared it. They claim the students pay it ‘willingly’.

Dhaka University students are having to pay 'development fees' in addition to tuition and other fees, which they describe as 'exorbitant.'


CU to retake C unit admission test on Nov 25

বুধবার, ০৯ নভেম্বর ২০১৬

09 November 2016 Chittagong University will retake its C unit admission tests, under business faculty, on November 25 after allegations of digital plagiarism that marred the tests.

University’s Vice Chancellor Prof Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury announced that the retake will be held on November 25 at a press briefing held at campus premises.

Aspirants who appeared at C3 (science group) unit test, claimed the answers to the questions were already given. It was seen that one of the letters next to an answer of each of the multiple choice question was slightly blurred.

The test was postponed after such allegations rose. No proper explanation was given. A probe body formed to investigate gave its report today, which prompted the decision for retake.

“It was not plagiarism, it was a technical mistake in printing,” VC Prof Chowdhury told the press conference.

University Registrar Prof Kamrul Huda endorsed the update


2.4 million students are taking the JSC tests across Bangladesh

মঙ্গলবার, ০১ নভেম্বর ২০১৬
01 November 2016 The Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations have started across Bangladesh on Tuesday.

More than 2.4 million students started taking the exams at 2,734 centres across the country from 10am.

Students take the JSC exams on completion of 8th standard in school. On Tuesday, the students are appearing for Bangla first paper, while madrasa students are taking tests for Quran Majid and Tazbid.

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid visited a centre at the Dhanmondi Govt Boys' High School in Dhaka but did not enter the exam hall.

Nahid said all possible efforts have been made to prevent cheating and leak of question papers.

>>Students from  28,761 schools and madrasas are taking the JSC-JDC exams this year. They have been asked to report at the centres 30 minutes before the exams start.

>>1,124,373 male students and 1,288,402 female students are taking the exams.

>>2,380,303 school students are taking their JSC exams under the supervision of eight school boards. 374,472 madrasa students are taking their JDC exams under the supervision of the Madrasa Board.

>>Last year 2,325,933 students sat for the exams. The number of students has increased by 86,842 this year.

>>91,861 JSC examinees and 14,698 JDC examinees who had performed poorly in 1-3 subjects last year will be taking the exams again

>>681 students will be taking their exams at eight examination centres outside Bangladesh.

Question papers, apart from the Bangla second paper and the English first and second papers, will have questions that will test students’ creativity, said the education ministry.

Students with disabilities will be given an additional 30 minutes to complete each exam. Assistance will be available for students with visual, mental or physical disabilities.

Students will pass if they score a total of 33 or more on the multiple choice and creative sections of the exam. Unlike the SSC exams, students do not need to pass the two sections separately.

The education ministry has organised the examinations this year after the primary and mass education ministry declined to do so.


HC questions legality of holding JSC exams

বৃহস্পতিবার, ০৮ সেপ্টেম্বর ২০১৬

08 September 2016 The High Court today questioned the legality of the government’s holding Junior School Certificate (JSC) examination. The court issued a rule asking the government to explain in four weeks why its decision to hold the JSC examination should not be declared illegal.

The HC bench of Justice Quamrul Islam Siddique and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil came up with the rule after hearing a writ petition filed challenging the legality of the government’s decision to hold the JSC examination.

Supreme Court lawyer Eunus Ali Akond submitted the writ petition to the HC on July 27 saying the government is empowered under the Intermediate and Secondary Education Ordinance 1961 to hold only secondary and higher secondary certificate examinations.

The government is not allowed to hold JSC examination under this law, he said.

School teachers are engaged in coaching business due to the introduction of the JSC examination, he added.

The petitioner also prayed to the HC to cancel the government notice issued on June 15, 2010 on holding JSC examination.


DU among bottom 300 in QS World University rankings

মঙ্গলবার, ০৬ সেপ্টেম্বর ২০১৬

06 September 2016 Only one university from Bangladesh, University of Dhaka, has made it to thelatest QS World University Rankings, but that too at a very low rank.

Among the 936 universities ranked, DU made it among the bottom 300, according the ranking published today. Among the 14 Indian universities that have made it to the list, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore ranks top being placed at 152nd position, followed by Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) at 185th position. Five other IITs are placed between 200-400th positions in the rankings.

Six Pakistani universities have made it to the list. National University of Sciences And Technology (NUST), Islamabad has been placed between 501- 550 in the ranking. The other five universities from Pakistan are also placed among the bottom 300.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) tops the list for the fifth consecutive year, while University of Cambridge has dropped out of the top three for the first time in over a decade.

National University of Singapore (NUS) ranks top among the universities in Asia, placed 12th in the rankings, followed by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) in the 13th position.

Yokohama National University in Japan is the lowest ranked institution according to the rankings published.


Schoolgirl’s death sparks demo in Dhaka

রবিবার, ২৮ আগস্ট ২০১৬

28 August 2016 Several hundred students of Willes Little Flower School staged demonstration in front of their school protesting the death of their fellow, who was stabbed allegedly by a stalker in Dhaka’s Kakrail area four days ago.

Vehicular movement remained suspended for several hours following the demonstration at Kakrail.

Suraya Akhter, an eighth-grader of Willes Little Flower School, succumbed to her wounds at Intensive Care Unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital around 8:30am today, Bachchu Mia, a sub-inspector of the hospital’s police outpost, told The Daily Star.After the death news spread, the victim’s fellow students took to the streets and staged a sit-in, blocking the road demanding immediate arrest of the attacker, said Moshiure Rahman, officer-in-charge of Ramna Police Station.

They were continuing their demonstration until 1:30pm when the report was filed.

On August 24, Suraya Akhter was allegedly stabbed on her way home from school in the capital's Kakrail.

According to police, the attacker, Obaidul Khan, who used to stalk the girl, is yet to be arrested.Her family filed a case with the police station the same day mentioning Obaidul as the lone suspect.

The case was filed under the Prevention of Women and Children Repression Act.


Pabna university closed till Sept 30

শনিবার, ২৭ আগস্ট ২০১৬

27 August 2016 The authorities of Pabna University of Science and Technology (PUST) today closed the university till September 30 after students went on a rampage on the campus following a power disruption. The students were asked to vacate dormitories by 5:00pm tomorrow, reports our Pabna correspondent quoting Faruk Hossain Chowdhury, assistant director of PUST.

The university authorities took the decision hours after hundreds of students of Bangabandhu hall set three university buses on fire and vandalised two more buses on the campus around 1:30am, said Awal Kabir Joy, proctor of the PUST.

Many students alleged that they staged demonstration on the campus as the university authorities did not take any step to solve the frequent power outage at the dormitories.

Meanwhile, a seven-member committee has been formed to investigate the incident.


JnU students stage demo for dorms in Dhaka jail area

বুধবার, ০৩ আগস্ট ২০১৬

03 August 2016 Jagannath University students demonstrated this morning demanding residential dormitories in the Dhaka jail area, now that the prison has been shifted.

Alleging that the on-going militancy issue is making it difficult for bachelors to rent houses, they demanded that the government fix their housing problem.

Over a hundred students converged at Jagannath University campus and began demonstration from 9:00am. Last reported they were chanting slogans near their vice-chancellor’s office.

This month, Dhaka Central Jail has been shifted to Keraniganj – at the outskirts of the capital. Any concrete plan for the vacated Dhaja jail land is yet to be unveiled.


Results of HSC, equivalent exams to be out on Aug 18

সোমবার, ০১ আগস্ট ২০১৬
01 August 2016 The results of this year’s Higher Secondary Certificate and equivalent exams will be published on Aug 18, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid has said.

Almost 1.2 million students took the tests this year held between Apr 3 and Jun 9.

As per the tradition, the education minister, along with chairmen of all education boards, will place before Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina copies of the results on that day.

Later in the day, the minister will officially announce the results at a media briefing, making them accessible to students.


3 shot in Ctg BCL infighting

রবিবার, ৩১ জুলাই ২০১৬

31 July 2016 Three persons were shot during a clash between two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League on Chittagong College campus in the port city this afternoon.

The injured are undergoing treatment at Chittagong Medical College Hospital, our Chittagong correspondent reports quoting Pankaj Barua, assistant sub-inspector of CMCH police camp.


Primary terminal exams begin Nov 20

রবিবার, ১৭ জুলাই ২০১৬

17 July 2016 The primary and ebtedayee terminal examinations will begin across the country on November 20.

The examinations are scheduled to end on November 27 while the results are likely to be published in between December 27 and 29.

The decisions were taken at a meeting of the 'National Steering Committee on Primary and Ebtedayee Terminal Examinations 2016' held at the Primary and Mass Education Ministry today.

Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman presided over the meeting.

The minister said the examinations will be held every day from 11:00am to 1:30pm on the scheduled day.

Some 31,25,000 students from schools and 3,20,000 from madrasas will take part in the examinations, he said.

The examination on English will be held on the first day on November 20.

Besides, Bangla examination will be held on November 21, Bangladesh and Global Studies on November 22, Elementary Science and Arabic on November 23 and Religion and Moral Education and Quran and Tajweed and Aqaid and Fiqha on November 24 and Mathematics on November 27.


Govt will hold meeting with public universities

মঙ্গলবার, ১২ জুলাই ২০১৬

12 July 2016 Bangladesh government has called for meeting with the vice-chancellors of all public universities on July 23, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said today.

The minister made the information public after holding a meeting with University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan at the Secretariat.

The minister told reporters that the meeting, which will discuss the recent militancy issues, will be held at the International Mother Language Institute at Shegun Bagicha in Dhaka on July 23.

The government has already called for a meeting with private universities on similar issue which is likely to be held on July 17, a top official told The Daily Star yesterday.


Now PSC exams to stay

সোমবার, ২৭ জুন ২০১৬

27 June 2016 The government today backtracked on a previous decision and kept the provision of primary terminal examinations for fifth grade students.

Cabinet division, in a regular meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, took the decision, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said in briefing.

Reasons cited in favour of keeping the provision were infrastructure problems of the education system and the accustomation of teachers teaching at the primary level.


Humiliated headmaster reinstated, school governing body scrapped

বৃহস্পতিবার, ১৯ মে ২০১৬

19 May 2016 Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid today reinstated the humiliated headmaster of Narayanganj and scrapped his school’s governing body over public humiliation of the teacher.

- Allegation of demeaning religion found untrue

- Injustice done with teacher, minister says

- No comments on lawmaker Salim Osman

Allegation against the headmaster that he demeaned religion was untrue, the minister, who received a primary probe report over the incident last night, said in a press briefing.

Headmaster Shyamal Kanti Bhakta of Piyar Sattar Latif High School in Narayangaj’s Bandar, was beaten up and made to squat holding his earlobes in presence of local Jatiya Party lawmaker AKM Selim Osman last Friday over allegations that he demeaned religion – a claim the teacher denied.

The teacher claimed the locals were provoked by false allegations and that some teachers held a grudge against him for not meeting their unfair demands. He was later suspended from the school.

A video clip of the incident went viral on social media, triggering public outrage and a firestorm of protests on social networking sites with people mimicking the squatting holding their earlobes.

“Injustice has been done with the teacher,” Nahid told reporters in the press briefing today. “That’s why the teacher has been recommended and the school’s governing body scrapped.”

“Such an unprecedented incident can’t take place in any civilised nation,” the minister said, condemning the incident all the same.

However, the minister did not say anything directly on Jatiya Party lawmaker Salim Osman.

“We have received the probe report yesterday. Actions will be taken accordingly,” Nahid said in response to direct questions from journalists regarding this lawmaker, who in the video, was seen to be handing out the humiliation to the headmaster.


Dhaka University teachers stood in a human chain at campus today.

Wielding the banner of Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers' Association (FBUTA), the teachers stood for an hour in chain near Oporajeyo Bangla from 11:00am.

“We stand here with immense sadness, anger and shame. A lawmaker enacts laws and shows direction to the nation,” said Pro-Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University Dr Nasrin Ahmed.

A total of 37 public universities across the country formed human chains as per the decision of FBUTA.


Embarrassed at insult of Narayanganj teacher: Minister

সোমবার, ১৬ মে ২০১৬

16 May 2016 Condemning the insult of Narayanganj school principal in presence of a lawmaker, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid today said he is deeply embarrased at the incident.

A probe body will be formed if necessary to investigate the matter, he told journalists.

Shyamal Kanti Bhakta, the principal of Piyar Sattar Latif High School in the district's Bandar area, was made to sit up and down holding his ears on Friday for allegedly making offensive comments about religion while handing out corporal punishment to a student earlier.

READ more: Hindu teacher punished for 'anti-religion' remarks

“Information is being gathered and we will do whatever is necessary in this regard,” the education minister told journalists at a press briefing at his Secretariat office in Dhaka.

We are deeply embarrassed as we think such behavior with a teacher is unacceptable, he added.

Narayanganj lawmaker Selim Osman admitted to the BBC that the punishment was handed to the teacher in his presence.

"There was no other way to save the teacher from the angry public," he told BBC.

According to the BBC report, Shyamal was beaten up by a mob. He was then rescued by police and taken into safe custody.


88.29% pass SSC

বুধবার, ১১ মে ২০১৬

11 May 2016 A total of 88.29 percent students have passed this year’s Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations, which is 1.25 percentage points higher than that of last year.

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid formally handed over a copy of this year’s SSC and equivalent examinations results to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Gono Bhaban in presence of chairmen of all the boards.

The results will be published officially at 2:00pm. The students can get the results from their respective school or it will also be available on www.educationboardresults.gov.bd

As many as 1,09,761 students secured the highest Grade Point Average (GPA-5) this year where as it was 1,11,901 in 2015.

In eight education boards, 88.70 percent passed this year’s SSC examinations against 86.72 percent in 2015.

Total 88.67 percent students passed the exams under Dhaka board, 90.44 percent under Chittagong board, 84.00 percent in Comilla, 95.70 in Rajshahi, 79.41 percent in Barisal, 84.77 percent in Sylhet, 89.59 percent in Dinajpur and 91.85 in Jessore.

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid announces SCC results during a press briefing at the education ministry at Bangladesh Secretariat in the capital around 1:00pm on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Photo: Wasim Bin Habib

Students under Madrasa Education Board did well this year with the pass rate of 88.22 percent while 83.11 percent students passed vocational exams in the SSC.

A total of 5,895 madrasa students got GPA-5 while 7,097 in the SSC (vocational).

Examinees will get their results from their respective centres, websites of their respective boards or from mobile phones through SMS from 2:00pm.

This year, a total of 16,51,523 students took part in the examinations in 3,143 centres.

Beginning on February 1, the written examinations ended on March 8 while the practical tests were held from March 9 to March 14.


Tomorrow’s HSC exams moved to Friday for hartal

বুধবার, ১১ মে ২০১৬

11 May 2016 Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations scheduled to be held tomorrow has been shifted to Friday, May 13, in view of the hartal sponsored by Jamaat-e-Islami.

The education ministry has floated a circular in this regard. The Daily Star has obtained a copy of the circular that cites “unavoidable circumstances” as the reason.

For Friday, the exams have been scheduled to begin from 9:00am in the morning to 12 noon and from 2:00pm in the afternoon to 5:30pm, the circular said.

Exam under madrassa board, scheduled for tomorrow, has been shifted to May 20, the Friday of next week, from 9:00am in the morning to 12 noon.

Technical board tests scheduled for tomorrow has been moved to Sunday, May 15, from 10:00am to 1:00pm, the circular, signed by Prof Md Mahabubur Rahman, chairman of the HSC education board, said.

Jamaat, the party that opposed Bangladesh’s liberation in 1971, called the hartal for tomorrow after Bangladesh hanged top war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami, also the former chief of Jamaat, around last midnight.


Most teachers visiting ministry come for transfer to Dhaka: Nahid

শনিবার, ৩০ এপ্রিল ২০১৬

30 April 2016 Criticising the government college teachers for lobbying to get transferred to Dhaka, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said almost 80 percent of them, who visit his ministry, come with such requests.

The teachers bring recommendations from local level political leaders and ministry officials for the transfer, Nahid said at a programme at International Mother Language Institute in Dhaka.

Negative impression will be created against those who lobby for transfer this way, Nahid said.

The minister said he recently went to a college outside Dhaka and found only seven teachers working against total 35 posts.

“There are more teachers than the posts in Dhaka, so what should we do? Close all the colleges out of Dhaka?” the minister exclaimed.

There are 3,474 posts vacant in colleges across the country, he added.


Leftist students enforce strike at JU to press for proctor’s resignation

বুধবার, ২৭ এপ্রিল ২০১৬
27 April 2016 Leftist students have enforced a strike at Jahangirnagar University to press for resignation of Proctor Tapan Kumar Saha over Monday’s police action on agitating students.

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They stopped bus services to and from the campus and agitated in front of different faculties since Wednesday morning.

Progressive Student Alliance, Anti-imperialist Student Unity and Jahangirnagar Cultural Alliance enforced the strike.

They alleged that police launched attacks, at the instigation of the proctor, on the students demonstrating peacefully at the institution on Monday in protest against the murders and rapes of several people, including Comilla student Sohagi Jahan Tonu.

At least 20 students were injured and 12 arrested in Monday’s police action.

The students took out a protest procession against the police action and submitted a memorandum to the vice chancellor on Tuesday.


JnU students vandalise vehicles

মঙ্গলবার, ১৯ এপ্রিল ২০১৬

19 April 2016 tudents of Jagannath University (JnU) vandalised at least seven vehicles including buses in front of the campus in old Dhaka this morning.


RU asks students to end Baishakhi programmes by 5pm

বুধবার, ১৩ এপ্রিল ২০১৬

13 April 2016 The Rajshahi University (RU) authority today asked its students to end Pahela Baishakh programmes on the campus by 5:00pm.

The university issued a circular signed by Proctor Professor Mujibul Hauqe Azad Khan today saying, “The authority took the decision for the safety of teachers and students.”

“We have taken the decision after getting directions from the home ministry to finish all the programmes of Pahela Boishakh by 5:00pm,” Prof Khan told The Daily Star.

The hall authorities also asked the female students to return to their respective dormitories by 5:00pm.

In the circular, female students were also asked not to carry big size hand-bags on campus otherwise those might be searched by the law enforcement officials.

However, increased security measures have been taken on the campus since this morning.

Students, however, expressed their anger on imposing restrictions on their movement on the campus. They alleged that the authorities were trying to avoid their responsibility of ensuring students’ security by imposing the restrictions.

Abu Bakar Siddique, general secretary of RU Kendrio Sangskritik Jote, alleged that the authorities were imposing such ban as they would not be able to provide security.

"For not carrying their responsibilities properly, the authorities are setting up obstacles for the students in the name of security", he added.

Terming the decision as ‘whimsical’ and against students’ rights, Tomasri Das, general secretary of RU Chhatra Federation, wonders how the authorities impose such bans.

Abdulla Al Mamun, assistant professor of English, said, “It is authority’s responsibility to ensure security to the students. It would be better if students were given chances to celebrate Baishakh after 5:00pm, beefing up proper security on campus.”


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