Category: University

JCD barred from placing memo to DU VC

Ref: Police on Monday barred the leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of BNP, from proceeding the office of the Dhaka University Vice-chancellor to submit a memorandum containing their seven-point demand.

The student leaders were resisted by police when they were preparing to bring out a procession from the main gate of the National Museum at Shahbagh at about 11:30am. They JCD leaders also had a brawl with the law enforcers

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Prof Anwarul Azim made CU VC

Ref: Prof Anwarul Azim Arif, a management teacher, has been appointed Chittagong University vice-chancellor (VC).

He replaces acting VC Prof Dr Mohammad Alauddin, an education ministry circular said on Tuesday.
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Sir AF Rahman hall Provost harassed by BCL men

Ref: Dhaka University`s Sir AF Rahman hall Provost Azizur Rahman was harassed by a group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) central leaders on the university campus on Saturday night.

Witnesses said some hall resident teachers, while visiting the dorm, found out that the studentship of BCL DU-unit Vice President Reza Sekander expired. Read more →

DU students vandalise vehicles

Ref: Agitated Dhaka University students have gone on a rampage on Thursday and vandalised at least 20 vehicles after one of their fellow students was injured in an accident.

The enraged students also set the car, responsible for the accident, on fire.

Quoting witnesses, police said that a driver of a private car was giving driving lesson to his employer’s daughter on the road adjacent to the university’s Jagannath Hall and Shamsunnahar Hall. At one point, the car hit a fourth-year bachelor’s student of the psychology department, Shadhan Kumar Das.
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UK visas to turn elusive for many

The UK is going to lower the limit of annual non-European immigration to the kingdom, which will significantly reduce the number of Bangladeshi students and guest workers going there.

“The government has committed to introduce an annual limit of 21,700 for those coming into the UK under the skilled and highly skilled route, 20,700 under the skilled route and 1,000 under the new ‘exceptional talent’ route,” said a statement of British High Commission in Dhaka yesterday.

The limit will be effective from April next year for non-European people.

“Bangladesh will surely see fewer number of its citizens going to the UK either for jobs or studies,” said an official of the British High Commission in Dhaka.

First of all, the recession is still continuing in the UK and secondly there were a lot of cases in which students going there started working, the official told The Daily Star yesterday evening.

Presently, there are around 5 lakh Bangladeshis in the UK. The total number of Bangladeshi students is unknown. However, only in 2009, 17,000 Bangladeshis went to the UK for studies, an official said.

The introduction of an annual limit was Britain’s coalition government’s pledge and will allow Britain to remain competitive in the international job market, while ensuring migrant labour is not used as a substitute for those already looking for work in the UK, the release read.

To implement the pledge, the UK also decided to limit the number of staff that international corporations are allowed to transfer to Britain from their offices in other countries.

No official of corporations, who earns less than £40,000 annually, will be allowed to stay in the UK for more than a year.

Britain will also restrict the highly skilled tier of the point-based system, except for the entrepreneurs, investors and exceptionally talented persons.

Under the point-based system, people are not given visas unless they score a certain number of points in the system.

“The government was determined to make changes to Tier-1–the ‘highly skilled’ tier–when it was revealed that approximately a third of those coming through this route were actually doing low-skilled jobs once in the UK,” the British High Commission said.

“We will take action on all routes into the UK and these changes are crucial if we are to limit the numbers coming here to work, while still attracting the brightest and the best to the UK,” said Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May.

“We have worked closely with businesses while designing this system, and listened to their feedback, but we have also made clear that as the recovery continues, we need employers to look first to people who are out of work and who are already in this country.”

The UK government will also hold consultations before the end of the year focusing on Tier-4 of the point-based system–the student route–which currently accounts for two thirds of migrants entering the UK each year, May said.

“By introducing a system that is more selective and more robust, the government aims to prevent abuse while continuing to attract the top students to our top universities,” the secretary said.

Meanwhile, Times newspaper from London on Tuesday reported that Indian officials warned the Cameron government over restricting the rights of their citizens to study and work in the UK during his visit in July.

DU expels 4, BCL follows suit

Ref: Authorities at Dhaka University have expelled four activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League for attacking six journalists who protested harassment of a female student.

Chhatra League, student wing of the ruling party, on Monday expelled three of them and another.

The university authorities on Monday also asked the four to show causes and explain why they will not be expelled permanently.

The expelled students are Mahidul Islam Mahi, a second year student of public administration department, Sohel Rana, a second year student of peace and conflict studies department, Mohammad Rubaiyat Shahnewaz, a second year student of philosophy department, and Nazmul Hasan Rumi, second year student of economics department.

DU proctor K M Saiful Islam Khan told that the three students were expelled on charges of attacking the six journalists.

Although the Chhatra League at first rejected the accused as their activists, later they expelled three of the four from the organisation.

The Chhatra League, a student wing of the ruling Awami League, also expelled Riad Mahmud, a second year student of Bangla department, from their organisation for his involvement in the incident.

All the expelled students are BCL activists of Poet Jasim Uddin Residential Hall unit.

The hall unit BCL general secretary Kazi Enayet confirmed the expulsion to reporters.

Enayet said that earlier Mahi was expelled from BCL orally for his alleged involvement in a clash. “Mahi has now been expelled in black and white.”

He, however, said that another expelled student Sohel Rana was an activist of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, student wing of main opposition BNP.

On Sunday, the journalists were beaten up severely for protesting harassment of a female student of Rokeya Hall at Dhaka University around 9pm in Teachers-Students Centre area.

They are Radio ABC’s Shakil Hassan, Channel I’s Shefaul Islam, Jamuna TV’s Sabbir Ahmed, New Age’s Tauhid Ahmed, Monir Mamtaz of Saptahik 2000 and ‘Habib’ of Barta24.

The journalism department student of Rokeya Hall, requesting anonymity, said some stalkers including Jasim Uddin Hall BCL activist Mohidul Islam Mahi, ‘Rubaiyat’ of philosophy, ‘Sohel’ of Bangla and one ‘Rumi’ harassed a her.

When the girl protested, the stalkers became extremely abusive. She then asked her friends for help. An altercation broke out between the police when her friends arrived on the scene and further protested against the behaviour of the hecklers.

Central BCL leaders including office secretary Nasim-Al-Momin Rupak, Siddique Nazmul Alam, DU unit organising secretary Joydev Nandi later came to the scene and helped bring the situation under control.

But, later on, Mahi with 20-25 cadres attacked journalists in front of the BCL leaders.

On Sunday night, members of the university’s journalist association met vice-chancellor A A M S Arefin Siddique and demanded exemplary punishment of the attackers.

DU Teacher wins ACS Award

Ref: Dr. Mohammad Shoeb, Associate Professor of Chemistry Department at the University of Dhaka has been awarded the ‘Young Scholar Award’ by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

ACS has invited Dr Shoeb to attend the ‘Pacifichem Congress 2010’ to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA on December 15-20. Some 2,000 representatives from across the world will participate in the congress.
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BCL vandalises Ramna temple

Ref: The police have arrested three Bangladesh Chhatra League activists of Dhaka University for vandalising the Ramna Kali Mandir. Animesh, Gobinda and Prakash were arrested in the early hours of Sunday. Police inspector Mizanur Rahman, told that the clash had erupted over ownership of two shops near the temple’s gate.

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BCL man dies 8 days after being flung off

Ref: A Chhatra League activist has died eight days after being flung off the first floor of a dormitory at Rajshahi University.

Nasrullah Nasim

Nasrullah Nasim, a fourth year bachelors student of history, was beaten up and thrown off a dormitory in an internal clash of the RU unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), which is the ruling Awami League’s student wing. Read more →

Parliamentary probe opens

Source: A parliamentary investigation has opened into the reported torture on students and teachers following agitation at Dhaka University in Aug, 2007. Read more →