College not nationalisedfor unknown reasons
THAKURGAON, Oct 11: Despite having all the criteria for nationalisation, the Ranishongkoil Degree College at Ranishongkoil Upazila headquarters is not being nationalised due to mysterious reasons.
The name of the college was in the list of nationalisation. But, due to unknown reasons later, its name has been cancelled from the list of 271 colleges of the country.
Local people said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during her 1996 tenure came here and addressed in a huge gathering on the college ground. But, they are after all frustrated as the college was not nationalised.
Sources said the college was established with direct assistance of a local Awami League (AL) leader late Ali Akbar, MP, in 1972. The college is now located on 5 acres of land with seven buildings and over 5,000 students and more than 100 teachers.
Sources further said the college applied for nationalisation in 2015 and the serial number was 57. Later, with PM's approval, it was placed in the serial number 123. Though all went right, but finally its name was scrapped from the nationalisation list.
Centring the cancellation, local people became angry. They organised various agitations at different times. But, still the college has not been nationalised.
Senior Vice President of Upazila AL Lecturer Shafiqul Alam said, after the country's independence in 1971, the college was set up with the aim of spreading the light of education. The Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman came here and gave speech on the college ground. It is very much regretting that the college is not being nationalised.
Acting Principal Tajul Islam said, "We hope that the PM will give her consent to nationalise the college after considering various factors."
Lawmaker of Thakurgaon-3 constituency Professor Yasin Ali said, "The college was not nationalised for unknown reasons. I am requesting our PM to consider the matter."