The demand for DUCSU

The last Dhaka University Central Student Union election was held on June 6, 1990. New Age Youth has spoken with students of Dhaka University about their demand for DUCSU. In response students described the current academic environment as simply undemocratic.
Why do you think it is urgent to have DUCSU election?

Jahidul Haque

‘DUCUS is related with student’s dignity’

Jahidul Haque

Department of Fine Arts

 

All of the problems in the universities across the country are solved one-sidedly. You may mention lots of stakeholders: University Grants Commission, administration, faculties, local and international consultants but, I will argue, only two types of stakeholders exists in a university, students exists in one side and the remaining exists in another side. Any policy of the university, even formulated by the famous scholars of the world though, would be undemocratic if the students’ representation is absent in the formulation process.

The election of students’ union is not only related with students’ rights and overall development of universities but also related with the self-dignity of students. People elect member of parliaments as they want the reflection of their opinions in formulation of state policies. Students also want the reflection of their opinions in formulation of university policies, that’s why DUCSU was incorporated. Muni Krishna Dvaipāyana Vyāsa, the writer of Mahabharata, did not stay many days in one place to avoid the contamination of faults of that area. We don’t want to move. We are happy with the contamination. Alas! The university administration does not want to move away from its history that denied students their right to elect their representative for 27 years, they are holding onto the contaminated tradition in history.

 

Meem Arafat Manob

‘Politics is not about collecting chanda’

Meem Arafat Manob

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

 

In absence of elected student body, any problem in universities leads to no one, people are happier to offer temporary makeshift solutions for just about everything. This is no mere coincidence, because among all the universities in Bangladesh systematically closed-down the student union in the 90s. To be more specific, no privately owned university in our country ever had the fortune of having an elected students’ union.

Would DUCSU solve all the problems that DU, the heartland of Dhaka, undergoes every day? Would a democratic students’ union solve any university’s problems overnight? No, and when we say no, we must not lose the grasp of reality. In real life, independence does not solve every problem of a nation, it did not do ours in 1972, and neither does democracy or a stable economy. These are, however, crucial for a body of people to start their own revitalisation, just as an elected students’ union is crucial for the students’ welfare.

Politics was not meant to be about collecting money from tea vendors to throw liquor parties for followers, and it was not meant to be venting our anger on Facebook. Politics is a right to our mandate, a mandate kept silent by the authorities for too long.

 

Jakariya Hossain

‘Don’t disturb democracy’

Jakariya Hossain

Department of World religion and Culture

 

So far the most uttered political word in Bangladesh is democracy. This word has been uttered so many times that it has turned to a myth. Everyone wants democracy, but there is no space for practising democracy. The space for practising democracy has been shrinking; even people’s personal life is also affected. People have to face jail after expressing their views in the social media, many are harassed, and many upheavals emerged. Despite all of these, we are said that, we are passing a democratic period! In various movements for making Bangladesh democratic labours and students were seen to come down at streets jointly, but in this period of ‘democracy’ that has turned to a daydream.

Universities are now the centre of practising power of the ruling party. If anyone wants to stay in the university’s halls, s/he must support the ruling party, must raise slogan on behalf of them. University surroundings are forbidden for the students of opponent political party. General students are used forcibly in their heinous acts of obsequiousness, tender trade, illegal money collection and showing power. This is a dire centralisation of power. For decades, election of students’ union is postponed for lame excuses. Is the fear for being challenged and losing their exclusive power? Do our ‘democratic’ rulers want to practice a ‘Don’t Disturb’ democracy?

 

Abu Rayhan Khan

‘90s, the beginning of an undemocratic era’

Abu Rayhan Khan

Department of Mass Communication and Journalism

 

The name that is closely associated with all the movements of Bangladesh is the University of Dhaka. Wherever anyone has done wrong they protested for justice. Our student leaders have been able to make the right decision in the country’s crisis situations. Behind these achievements, there was the political awareness of students which came through DUCSU.

However, since 90s there is no DUCSU. Today the Dhaka University is transforming into a commercial institution. Where we were supposed to get the highest allocation for research purposes, we are only given 1-2 per cent. The frightening rule of the ruling party’s student organisation is going on in the halls. Cultural activities in the university have been blocked in the spider’s web. The Senate session denies our existence every year. When we stand on the streets to demand our rights, we are tagged as student-terrorists. When democracy was established in Bangladesh in 1990, the era of non-democracy was established at Dhaka University.

 


Salman Siddiqui

‘DUCSU could end Gano-room harassment’

Salman Siddiqui

Department of World religion and Culture

 

DUCSU is the central students’ union of Dhaka University. The last DUCSU election held on June 6 in 1990. So DUCSU is postponed for the last 27 years. Even in Pakistan period or during the period of Ershad’s military regime, DUCSU was active. However, with end of dictatorship, as Bangladesh entered into a democratic era, DUCSU become essentially defunct. The university administration remained silent. At present Dhaka University is facing thousands of problems. The student halls are occupied by the ruling party’s student wing, where they are showing their muscle power, with the direct or indirect assistance of the university administration. The seats of student halls are controlled by the ruling party student wing, taking advantage of the situation they are forcibly making students obedient to do their ill-motivated party politics. New students are tortured in the ‘guestrooms’, in the name of teaching ‘manner’, initiatives are taken to kill students self respect. In the ‘Gana Rooms’, sometimes 20-30 students from 1st or 2nd year are forced to stay. The ruling party student wing is given the power to through any student out from the hall at any time. This is what the scenario is in the institution that was known as the Oxford of the East. Student-teacher relation is turned now to a master-slave relation. DUCSU could have been an answer, a major tool for general students to start a struggle for changing the current situation of the Dhaka University. A unified movement of students is must to start DUCSU election again.

 

 

 

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