Affiliations with colleges: DU students block Shahbag for second day

Published: July 18, 2019 14:02:24 | Updated: July 18, 2019 17:37:48

A group of Dhaka University students, under the banner of general students, staged a demonstration blocking Shahbagh intersection in the city on Wednesday, demanding cancellation of the university's affiliation with seven colleges — FE photo

Students of Dhaka University blockaded Dhaka's Shahbag intersection for the second day on Thursday demanding the authorities cancel the affiliations of seven colleges with the university.

The protesters started gathering around 12:30pm, halting traffic on several adjoining roads to Shahbag.

According to a bdnews24 report, the road blockade obstructed patients’ access to hospitals in Shahbag, a popular venue for street protests. 

The academic and administrative activities slowed down, after the seven colleges were affiliated to the Dhaka University in February, 2017, said the disgruntled students. The institution has been caught in delayed sessions due to irregular classes and delays in test results, they said. 

“The authorities are burdened with unfinished tasks once those seven colleges have been affiliated. The regular students are being harassed over it,” said Imdadul Haque, a student of International Relation Department.

The agitated students also demanded providing separate certificates to them, mentioning the names of colleges with separate colour and design before removing the institutions from the affiliation list.

On Tuesday, the agitated students from the seven colleges affiliated to the Dhaka University blocked the New Market intersection for hours over the complaint of improper evaluation of test copies and evaluation system.

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