Why do the members of the BCL leave so much room in our universities?

After making headlines just a few days ago by calling for a strike at Chittagong University (CU) to fulfill their personal curriculum – a reprehensible act that has disrupted the academic functioning of the university, including the holding semester final exams for more than two days – members of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) are once again in the media spotlight. According to reports, two BCL activists, namely Imon Ahmed and Rakib Hassan, who were suspended by UC authorities on July 25 for one year for harassing female students on campus on September 16 last, took the final exam of the second year semester with other students on August 3rd.

The clarification from the Registrar in charge of why suspended students were allowed to take the final exam is highly unsatisfactory. The fact that the letter regarding the suspension of the students did not reach the heads of departments even 10 days after the announcement of the decision to suspend them shows how little the authorities care about the concerns and safety of other students. , especially female students. Of course, when the news media started reporting on this inefficiency, the Acting Registrar confirmed that the suspension letters would reach all affected departments and students by August 4. The question is: why does the media have to get involved in order for a large public university to carry out a crucial and urgent task? Should we assume that the members of the BCL have too much room for maneuver on the part of the university authorities when they are at fault? At least that’s what past records indicate.

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In October 2021, CU authorities suspended 12 students for six months following a fight between two BCL factions. But within two months, some of them turned up for exams, saying they had not received any letter confirming their suspension.

We believe it is time for the authorities of the CU and those of other public universities to look into the transgressions where BCL activists have been involved. And if the BCL’s claims that their members’ questionable acts are none of their business are true, then these “misguided” activists should not be allowed by the leadership to tarnish the image of an organization that has played a such an important role in all the great historical movements. from Bangladesh. Most importantly, university authorities must prioritize the safety of all their students and punish those who break the rules and the law accordingly, regardless of their group affiliation. The impunity enjoyed by the student wing of the ruling party must be curbed and some form of accountability restored to the student organization, whose members have become increasingly ruthless and reckless over the years.