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BUET scenario: Put an immediate end to the impasse

Editor, The Daily Messenger

Published: 08:42, 3 April 2024

BUET scenario: Put an immediate end to the impasse

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Incidents occurring at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in the last few days are not only abnormal but alarming as well.

Student politics was banned there after Abrar Fahad, a student of the Sher-e-Bangla Hall, was killed at the hands of Chhatra League leaders and activists on the night of October 6, 2019.

There has been no mishap at the university in the last four and a half years following that decision.

The agitating students have protested and boycotted exams. On the other hand, Chhatra League holding a rally at the central Shaheed Minar on Sunday, demanded the introduction of systematic politics in BUET.

The incidents from BUET are no longer limited within the BUET campus. Chhatra League has demanded introduction of systematic student politics at BUET. What do they mean by systematic student politics? Systematic student politics has to be about students’ problems and the elected student council alone has the authority to speak in this matter.

The meaning of systematic student politics being active at educational institutions is that all student organisations will be able to run their activities there and elected representatives of the student council will strive to protect the learning environment and solve the problems of the students without holding onto the tail of a party. But, no such situation exists in reality. So, the Chhatra League speaking about the systematic politics is pointless.

We, however, believe that the protesting student too shouldn’t take any action that disrupts the academic activities. This will indeed hamper those students whose interests they are trying to protect through the protests. It is everyone’s demand that the proper environment for education be secured. Suspension of academic activities cannot be desirable in any way.

The university administration has formed an investigation committee in the context of students’ demands. We’ll hope that the investigation committee will present a proper report and take necessary action to solve the current impasse. Let a fair and normal environment return to the university; exams and classes go on; this is the expectation of all.