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Student organisations on Thursday said Dhaka University authorities should ensure coexistence of organisations on the campus before taking steps to hold election to the central students’ union, which is defunct since 1990.
Leaders of the organisations came up with the opinion at a meeting of a committee that was formed to amend the constitution of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union.
DU law professor Mizanur Rahman, also the convener of the five-member constitution amendment committee, presided over the meeting where representatives of 13 student bodies were present.The constitutional amendment proposals put forth by student leaders include ensuring balance of power among the president and vice-president, creating more secretary posts and formation of neutral election coordination committee.
Student leaders said these after two-hour meeting at Abdul Matin Chowdhury virtual classroom of the university
Bangladesh Nationalist Party-backed student body Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leaders, brought to the meeting by university administration’s microbus escorted by assistant proctors, demanded peaceful coexistence of all student organisations on the campus, healthy political atmosphere for peaceful and fair DUCSU polls.
Chhatra Dal DU branch president Al Mehedi Talukder said that they emphasised that without ensuring political coexistence and democratic environment on the campus, all attempts to hold the polls would go in vein and university administration should play the main role to ensure that.
Chhatra League’s university unit president Sanjit Chandra Das said they were very much optimistic about the well-participated polls within shortest possible time.
Sanjit further said that coexistence of all organisations had already been ensured on the campus and no organisation was facing any impediment to regular activities.Bangladesh Students’ Federation DU branch president Umme Habiba Benojir said according to the present constitution of DUCSU, the vice-chancellor as ex officio president of the students’ union, enjoy utmost power which often exceeds the power of the elected representatives.
So there should be a balance of power between the president and the elected representatives, she added.
She also requested the authorities to loosen up the minimum requirements for fielding candidates in the election as the election was going to be held after more than two decades.
Bangladesh Students’ Union DU chapter president Foyez Ullah urged the authorities to amend some of the sections and add some more.
Constitution amendment committee convener Mizanur Rahman said the student bodies were asked to present their recommendations within next Monday in writing.
Decisions would be finalised after reviewing the proposals, he added.
On January 6, Professor Mizanur Rahman sent a letter to the presidents and general secretaries of the student organisations active in Dhaka University inviting them to the meeting.
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