DU holds meeting with students’ organizations to amend constitutions
Published : Thursday, 10 January, 2019 at 9:13 PM Count : 147
The Dhaka University (DU) administration on Thursday held a meeting with the active students’ organizations on the campus in bid to amend the constitution of DU Central Students Union (DUCSU) and its hall units (Sangsad) to hold its long-awaited polls.
Leaders of different active student organisations demanded immediate elections to DUCSU, which was defunct since 1990, ensuring peaceful coexistence of student bodies on the campus.
They also demanded curtailing power of DUCSU president, adding more secretariat post, forming neutral election coordinate committee, creating more women leadership and amendment of some of the sections of the constitution which was last updated in 1998.
The meeting started at 11:30am at the auditorium of Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury senate building and continued till 1:30 pm where representatives of 13 students' organizations took part with Prof of law department Mizanur Rahman, also former Chairman of Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh, in the chair.
In the discussion, DU unit BCL President Sanjit Chandra Das, General Secretary Saddam Hussein, DU JCD President Al Mehdi Talukder, General Secretary Abul Bashar Siddiqi, Students’ Union President Fayez Ullah, General Secretary Rajiv Das, Chattra Front DU unit President Salman Siddiqui, General Secretary Toma Barman and Chattra federation President Umme Habiba Benazir, among other, were present.
Chhatra League DU chapter president Sanjit Chandra Das said that they were very much optimistic to hold the poll with participation of all student organisations within shortest possible time.
Sanjit further said, “Coexistence prevails on the campus as no one impedes regular students to enter into the campus or holding regular activities.”
DU BCL general secretary Saddam Hussein said we sought the constitution of DUCSU to be written in Bengali instead of English. Secondly, we suggested the committee to include a provision for ensuring the representation of female students in the organizational structure of DUCSU.
In addition, Chattra League recommended adding three new posts in the organizational structure of DUCSU--- Liberation War affairs secretary, Research affairs secretary and secretary for Information Technology to cope with this era.
Chhatra Dal DU chapter 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 vain and university administration should play the main role to ensure that.
Chhatra Federation DU chapter president Umme Habiba Benazir said according to the existing constitution, DUCSU president, vice-chancellor of the university, enjoy utmost power ex officio more than the elected representative, they proposed to amend the section and bring balance of power between the president and elected representatives.
She further said that as the election has been hanging for more than two decades, they also proposed to ease the condition for candidates.
Chhatra Union DU Chapter president Foyez Ullah said they also urge to amend some of the section of the constitution and add some more secretariat post to make the constitution more democratic.
It has been learned that the top leaders of all the students’ organization active on the campus are not regular students.
A five-member committee has been formed to get suggestions from student organizations regarding the amendment of the existing constitution if necessary, as it was last amended in 1998, headed by Prof Mizanur Rahman.
The committee has been asked to submit report with suggestions from students’ organizations within next 10 working days.
After the discussion, Mizanur Rahman told the reporters that, ‘Representatives of different organizations presented their suggestions in the meeting. We have extended the deadline up to next Monday to submit the written recommendations to committee. Then, we will submit their suggestions to the University’s Vice Chancellor which would be finalized in the syndicate meeting.’
Earlier on October 31, the university authority published the draft electoral roll with 38,493 possible voters for its long-awaited elections to the university central student union that has remained dysfunctional for more than two decades.
Around 14,509 female and 23,984 male students of 18 residential dormitories of the university have been included in the draft voter list of the student union, which spearheaded all democratic and cultural movements of the country.