DU authorities to sit with student fronts DUCSU polls
Dhaka University authorities have called leaders of all active student organaisations of the campus on Sunday to hold a discussion on long overdue Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) elections which was last held in 1990.
On Wednesday, the authorities issued a letter signed by DU proctor AKM Golam Rabbani to all central and DU units’ presidents and general secretaries of student organaisations regarding the issue.
The university authorities took the initiative a day after a contempt of court was filed against Dhaka University vice-chancellor, proctor and treasurer following a writ petition filed by 15 former DU Students.
The discussion will be held at the Abdul Matin Chowdhury digital classroom of the university at 11:30am on Sunday, reads the letter.
While approached, Professor Golam Rabbani said: “After considering the overall situation we will hold the discussion with the student organaisations about DUCSU polls.”
He further said that they already started updating voters list in dormitories of the university.
Congratulating the move, ruling Awami League’s student wing Chhatra League’s DU unit general secretary Md. Saddam Hussain hoped that all student organaisation would come under same umbrella and march united to hold the poll.
Akramul Haque, central general secretary of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal also welcomed the initiative and said political coexistence is needed to hold the elections.
On January 17, the High Court bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan asked the Dhaka University authorities to take steps for holding DUCSU polls at a ‘suitable time, preferably within six months.’
The bench had observed that the legitimate expectations of Dhaka University students to cast their vote had been violated by not holding DUCSU elections in over 28 years in a row since 1990 though the Dhaka University Order 1973 required holding the elections every year.
The court also said that the Dhaka University senate cannot be formed properly without five elected representatives of the DUCSU.
The Dhaka University senate has been formed without the five DUSCU representatives for long, it said.
On September 4, Advocate Manzil Murshid sent a legal notice on behalf of 15 former DU students to the DU authorities to take steps to hold the DUCSU election within seven days.
When the authorities did not take any step, on Wednesday the lawyer filed a contempt of court petition, as DU authorities' failure violated an HC rule that ordered holding the polls.